After the Christian leader of a pro-Trump diversity coalition insisted the president “is not the same person he was 12 years ago” when he had his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin confronted Pastor Darrell Scott with a damning clip from 2015.
“The apostle Paul, who has been called the greatest example of Christianity that Christianity ever produced, he was known for — he persecuted the church in his prior life,” Scott said, going on to use the apostle as a metaphor for Donald Trump being a different person now than he was in 2006 when he allegedly had the affair with Daniels.
“The Donald Trump of today, President Trump, is not the same as the Donald Trump from 12 years ago,” the leader of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump said.
“How about something from three years ago?” Baldwin countered after Scott continued to insist Trump has changed. She then played a clip of then-candidate Trump being asked at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit whether he’s asked God for forgiveness.
“That’s a tough question,” Trump said before appearing to stumble over his words and insist he’s a “religious person.” The host of the discussion asked him again whether he’s asked forgiveness to audience laughter, to which he responded, “I’m not sure I have.”
When asked for his opinion on the clip, Scott responded by saying “I don’t look to see how faithful an airplane pilot is before I let him fly the plane.”
Watch below, via CNN:
Fiona Hill’s attorney rips the administration: Trump ‘co-opted’ US foreign policy for his own ends
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," National Security Council official Fiona Hill's attorney, Ambassador Lee Wolosky, broke down the implications of his client's testimony.
"The phrase that she used to describe [E.U. Ambassador Gordon] Sondland's mission, a 'domestic political errand,' a lot of people have said that was a big takeaway from today, that sort of encapsulated what was going on here," said Cooper. "Does she agree?"
"Well, yeah," said Wolosky. "As she testified to, I think that what she began to notice is that, in fact, this really wasn't an irregular or shadow foreign policy effort, as some people have called it. It was actually domestic politics. She was doing national security, as were others, and foreign policy, and Sondland and Giuliani were taking steps to advance the political interests of the president. And I think that what she crystallized is how pernicious it can be when our national security and when our foreign policy decision making is basically co-opted or held hostage to the individual political interests of one individual."
‘Rudy Giuliani is the fall guy here’: CNN analyst says America’s Mayor was ‘meddling in everything’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," political analyst Gloria Borger suggested that President Donald Trump may just decide to cut his losses on the Ukraine scandal and blame his attorney Rudy Giuliani for any wrongdoing.
"I think at this point maybe Trump needs a fall guy," said Borger. "Rudy Giuliani is the fall guy here. He's the guy who was meddling in everything. Everybody who testified seemed to make it very clear that Rudy Giuliani was doing this at the direction of the president of the United States. I think Gordon Sondland said that, what, 20 times yesterday at the direction of the president, so it's clear Rudy Giuliani wasn't freelancing, but maybe the president feels that he needs him right now."
Trump officials could not have been ‘completely clueless’ about what he was doing: CNN correspondent
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," White House correspondent Abby Phillip highlighted how Fiona Hill's testimony made the claim by other officials that they weren't aware of the scheme to extort dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukraine much less plausible.
"The idea Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election is completely unfounded," said Phillip. "This is important because it puts in context some of the other testimony we heard ... from Ambassador [Kurt] Volker and another top NSC official, Tim Morrison, who replaced Fiona Hill, that the conspiracy theory was a legitimate function of the government, it was okay for President Trump to seek that kind of investigation, was perfectly normal to them. And it wasn't until they learned 'Burisma' equaled 'Biden' they learned there was something weird or nefarious going on."