CNN counter-terrorism analyst Phil Mudd said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s seeming obsession with talking about Russian hookers shows how easily he can be distracted from doing his job as president.
During a panel discussion on former FBI director James Comey’s recently released memos about his interactions with the Trump White House, Mudd marveled that Trump allegedly told Comey that Russian President Vladimir Putin had boasted to him about the quality of Russian prostitutes.
“Vladimir Putin, who’s been a strong man around since his days in the KGB, has got to be looking at the President of the United States and saying, ‘I can work this guy,'” said Mudd. “If the substance of our conversations is about prostitutes and not Crimea, that tells me about this guy’s attention to long-term strategic interests of the United States.”
Panelist Caroline Polisi, a former white-collar criminal defense attorney, said that the most shocking aspects about Comey’s memos were Trump’s total lack of curiosity about what really happened in the 2016 presidential election.
“Comey has been stating this, the president never pushed harder, he never followed up with James Comey asking, ‘Well, what were the allegations?’ or ‘What did happen in the 2016 election?'” she said. “Which is shocking, by all accounts, that the President of the United States wouldn’t want to get more information about what, by all accounts, the entirety of the intelligence community agreed was meddling in the election.”
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