The Monday morning political panel on CNN’s “New Day” couldn’t help but highlight the misinformation President Donald Trump appears to have used to justify an embarrassing tweet about immigration.
With a chart on the screen of those who spent the weekend with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Daily Beast editor John Avlon described the visitors as, "three Fox News hosts, two ex-cons and a pillow salesman."
Legal analyst Jeff Toobin explained that this is how Trump decided to flip-flop on his action around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat… https://t.co/DdTVIyin70— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1522590994.0
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Bor… https://t.co/9ZjeOUnVtd— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1522592746.0
These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1522592899.0
"All the Fox News people who care about cracking down on immigration, that's what we see, including statements like people are coming across the border to take advantage of DACA," Toobin said. "Which is factually inaccurate. DACA only applies to people who have grown up here. You can't come across the border and take advantage of DACA. That's the people who he is getting his facts from."
Host Alisyn Camerota read a Washington Post report that cited 23 sources that are either former White House staffers or those close to Trump.
"This is now a president a little bit alone, isolated, without any moderating influences and if anything a president who is being encouraged and goaded on by people around him. It really is a president unhinged," she said.
Avlon warned of a shocking level of absurdity Washington is contending with.
"Here's the core reality where we are," he began. "The president of the United States is taking action based on things he sees on TV rather than intelligence reports. That is objectively troubling."
Commentator Brian Karem, of Sentinel Newspapers, feared that Trump is making decisions not only on the last person he speaks to but "what he ate last night [and] what he saw on TV."
"It doesn't matter," he continued. "Unhinged is what we have seen covering this White House from the very beginning. What you are now seeing is people protecting him, being the gatekeeper."
Watch the full discussion below: