On Tuesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo hammered former President Donald Trump’s former campaign advisor Michael Caputo.
Caputo tried to blame the media for President Trump siding with Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference on Monday.
“I don’t think the president is the only one in this political system in the United States that’s guilty of conflating the two issues of meddling and collusion,” Caputo said. “I think the media does that constantly. I think the resistance does it constantly. I think they do it because they’ve kind of cracked the code.”
He said that the media was at the summit in Helsinki to asked President Trump a “gotcha” question.
“They know it really sets the president off, and the media didn’t go to Helsinki to find out what’s going to happen with Ukraine and Crimea or Syria or even nuclear proliferation or nuclear modernization. They went there with a gotcha question and they got exactly what they were looking for, and it was disappointing for me,” Caputo said.
Cuomo grilled him for attempting to place blame on the media instead of Trump
“Hold on. What’s disappointing is you are excusing what the president said as if he were baited. That he was set up by all these others who know how to push his buttons,” Cuomo said. “He was on the world stage next to another man who everyone wants to antagonize also. Hey threw his own country under the bus. Don’t blame it on the question, he is the president of the United States.”
China hits out at ‘bullying’ US over new tariffs
China on Saturday angrily hit out at the latest US tariff hikes on its goods, saying a "bullying" Washington would eventually "eat its own bitter fruit".
European leaders have also warned US President Donald Trump of the dangers of trade skirmishes with China and Europe, which look set to dominate the G7 summit due to begin in France.
Trump on Friday increased existing and planned tariffs on a total of $550 billion in Chinese goods, in response to new tit-for-tat levy hikes announced earlier that day by Beijing on $75 billion of US imports.
A Chinese commerce ministry spokesman on Saturday denounced Washington's "unilateral and bullying trade protectionism".
Mass rallies, crazy decisions, grandiose posturing: This is what living in a dictatorship feels like
Another week of shaking our heads and wondering how much longer we can survive him. Yet again, Donald Trump overwhelmed practically everything with the force of his obscene personality, running his mouth and his thumbs even while he was failing to run the country in any sort of conventional sense. He doesn’t actually do anything, but he dominates everything. Living in America today is like being trapped in a room with him — no doors, no windows, no exits, only Trump and the sound of Trump and the hideous image of Trump, all day, every day, for day after day after day.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Trump officials furious with NRA over ‘dick move’ leak of LaPierre phone call: report
President Donald Trump originally appeared interested in strengthening federal background check laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Then, after a phone conversation with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday, Trump reportedly assured him that background checks were "off the table" and pivoted to discussing anything but guns.
It was a depressingly familiar moment for Trump, who also previously headfaked toward some minor gun control reforms after the Parkland school shooting and quickly walked them back.