CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday hit Donald Trump for speaking before he thinks, nailing the president’s legal team for walking into a legal minefield with their ever-shifting explanation of Trump’s $130,000 payout to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
“Well, President Trump said people should think before they speak,” Tapper began Friday. “I agree.”
According to Tapper, Trump “continued his attacks on the special counsel investigation into whether members of his team conspired with Russia to impact the 2016 election” at an NRA speech Friday. He said Trump’s attack some “at the end of the week where a presidential credibility gap seemed to become a credibility capital expenditure chasm after Rudy Giuliani undermined the president’s previous insistence that he knew nothing about a hush payment to a porn star to whom Trump allegedly had a affair.
“Today, it got more difficult to discern the truth,” Tapper admitted. The host noted Trump on Friday argued Giuliani “just started” on his legal team and is going to “get his facts straight.”
“All right,” Tapper said. “Giuliani has been working for the president for more than a week, he didn't just start yesterday.”
Tapper said “that lie is inconsequential” compared with the deluge of lies coming from the administration.
“What’s important here is the larger issue of truth and whether you can expect your leaders to tell the truth and whether they instead display a disregard for it,” Tapper said.
“These are lies about the scandal,” Tapper late explained. “But as we've seen, the president is willing to lie before all sorts of things. He even lies about his potential triumphs.”
Tapper pointed to a Trump tweet Friday claiming the three Americans held in North Korea were captured during Barack Obama’s administration—when, in reality, two were captured last year, with Trump in office.
“That tweet remains up, a monument to how much President Trump just doesn't seem to care about the truth,” Tapper said.
The CNN host then rolled a clip of Trump on Friday, telling reporters to “learn before your speak.”
“Well, on that, we agree,” Tapper hit back.
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