CNN political analyst Gloria Borger said Wednesday that Trump's persistent attacks on Mueller may have backfired, as a majority of Americans believe the president should sit down and talk with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This turn of developments may pose a challenge for the president, whose reputation for truthfulness has been called into question by his own staff and attorneys.
Pointing to both the "dramatic drop in the president's approval rating" as well as improving approval levels for Robert Mueller and the Russia probe, host Brooke Baldwin asked Borger if she believed that "President Trump's attacks, the attacks from Republicans, have backfired."
"I think people may be sick of hearing it called a 'witch hunt', a 'hoax' and everything else," Borger replied. "I think in terms of Bob Mueller, you are seeing results."
Borger noted Mueller's successful conviction of Paul Manafort and the plea deal agreed to by Trump's former personal fixer, Michael Cohen, as well the indictment of 22 Russians for election hacking.
"And you see the conversation that is still ongoing, whether the president ought to testify," she added, pointing to a poll showing that "more than 70% of the American public believe that the president needs to speak in some way, shape or form to the special counsel."
"It's a combination of all of these things," Borger said, and added, in what could almost be a warning to the president, "don't forget, the special counsel is quiet and Donald Trump is not."
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