Former CIA officer Phil Mudd was furious hearing about The New York Times op-ed from the White House official railing against the president of the United States.
CNN's Mark Preston began by saying he thinks the country is at a tipping point.
"When we look back at the totality of what's happened and look at the history of events, then you realize that the tipping point is not something that happens immediately," he said. "It's something that's a slow roll that eventually gets faster, and faster, and faster."
He noted these are the things that "scare me."
"I say this with all sincerity," he continued. "It scares me now that the president is outraged by the Woodward book and going into a greater bunker mentality than in the past and now the op-ed and looking around saying, who can I trust? And for somebody that we think has bouts of paranoia at times and bouts of anger and not able to keep it in check is scary."
CNN reporter Dana Bash said that there is a very "different vibe" in the White House among the staff today. In wake of Bob Woodward's book and this op-ed, she said they sound "beaten down."
Host Wolf Blitzer read a key portion of the op-ed, which prompted Mudd to say he was going to try and restrain himself.
"It may be cold comfort in the chaotic era but Americans should know that there are adults in the room," the op-ed said. "We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't. The result is a two-track presidency."
Mudd exclaimed: "Adults in the room?!"
He demanded to know where the Speaker of the House was and why the Congress isn't intervening.
"We have Charlottesville. We have North Korea, where we go from 'rocket man' to my best friend for a man that starves his own people," Mudd said. "'Vladimir Putin, my best friend' that murdered civilians, not in Russia but the United Kingdom and about ready to participate in murder in the final fight in Syria. And now we have to say somebody writes an op-ed and we say it's maybe the tipping point? And Paul Ryan says, 'I'll do this in private?' What do you need? What do you need? Another Charlottesville? 'I like the white supremacists. They're the same as the black activists.' I don't know what Paul Ryan needs. It's too late now."
Bash noted she got text messages from TrumpWorld allies saying that whoever the person is, he likely wants to be "known" eventually so he can become a "hero." She also noted the similarities in the language used in the op-ed and the Woodward book.
"I think and Dana hit something that might not be visible outside Washington, D.C.," Mudd agreed. "There is a direct linkage of the Woodward book and this editorial today. I think you are seeing people typically saying I'm part of the Reagan Revolution or Trump Revolution saying, 'I know where the tides are going and I know what history's going to judge and anonymous or named in the book that came out, coming out next week, I want the record to show I was part of the resistance.' I think you are starting to see people on the inside, not bureaucrats but appointees to get the name on the record and where the book and editorial are links."
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