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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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs
Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.
While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.
"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."
Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’
A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.
As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.
"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."