Former CIA officer Phil Mudd explained that he isn’t “much of a diplomat” but he doesn’t anticipate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be long in President Donald Trump’s White House.
“Put a fork in that dude, he’s done,” the CNN commentator told Wolf Blitzer Friday. “There’s a rule of thumb you learn as an entry level government official: You never embarrass the president of the United States, even when he makes a mistake. And in this case he has his press secretary talking about North Korea, the Iran nuclear deal, Puerto Rico, and Las Vegas. And by the way, let me reaffirm to you, the president is not a blithering idiot. With a president this sensitive, it’s a kiss of death.”
That said, former senior staffer to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, explained that Tillerson’s opinions aren’t far off.
“Teddy Roosevelt said ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ This president has taken a different tactic,” Axelrod said. “That’s dangerous. If people misinterpret your words, that can cause a catastrophe in a short time. I think the words the president speaks are weighed carefully for that reason. But I don’t think this president sees himself in this role. I think he sees this whole thing as a television program and this plays well. The suspense builds. Let’s wait till the next episode. So, that’s a dangerous tactic to take.”
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Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe catches Alan Dershowitz in humiliating hypocrisy
Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe called out President Donald Trump's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, Sunday on Twitter, noting that his opinions seem to evolve depending on who he's defending.
Dershowitz is on a kind of press junket for the president, defending him in various media appearances. The former lawyer to Jeffrey Epstein is handling Trump's defense as it pertains to the abuse of power. Dershowitz thinks that charge has no basis in law. In fact, impeachment trials aren't actually legal proceedings, they're political proceedings, because the Justice Department claimed that Trump can't be indicted under the law while he's president.
Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible
Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.
Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.
The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”
WATCH: Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan are leaving the royal family — but promises ‘a life of service’
Prince Harry posted a video from an HIV/AIDS fundraiser his mother once supported, where he explained his methodology for leaving his profile role as a royal.
"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear," said Harry.
He went on to say that he doesn't intend to walk away and he certainly won't walk away from his causes and interests. "We intend to live a life of service."
In the speech, he thanked those who took him under their wing in the absence of his mother
"I hope you can understand that it's what it had come to," he said for why their family intends to step back.