A former GOP congressman shut down a former Trump adviser for spewing spin on the president’s border wall demands.
Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican who until earlier this year was a US congressman from the Quaker state, admitted during the CNN panel that he voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006 — and that he couldn’t see why Donald Trump insists on building on top of what’s already there.
“Last I checked, there are 700 miles of barriers on the southern bored,” Dent said. “We don’t need a 2,000-mile long fence on the southern border. I haven’t heard one expert who said we needed it.”
Host Jim Sciutto cut to play footage of Trump at Ramstein Air Base in Germany — but Steve Cortes, a member of Trump’s 2016 campaign, kept cutting in.
Cortes insisted that Dent’s statement that no experts want a 2,000-mile- long concrete barrier at the US-Mexico border is “demonstrably false.”
The member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council noted that the US Customs and Border Patrol Union has on many occasions endorsed the president’s call for a border wall.
“Not 2,000 miles,” Sciutto said. “That is different, Steve.”
“They’ve argued that we need a wall,” Cortes continued — and the host, bemused, asked “across all 2,000 miles?”
“They have argued that we need a wall,” the Trump supporter continued. “They’ve used the word ‘wall.’ Maybe not all 2,000 but a lot more miles than we have right now.”
Bakari Sellers, a CNN commentator and himself a former Democratic state legislator in South Carolina, slammed Cortes for insisting that because Trump ran with the border wall as the foundation of his platform, he has a blank check to do as he pleases.
Later in the segment, Dent put the argument to rest.
“The Border Patrol wants a transparent barrier,” he said. “They want something they can see through. They haven’t asked for a concrete barrier, to my knowledge. I was on that Homeland Security committee, I knew what they were talking about. They needed detention beds, they needed roads — access roads — along the border.”
“They weren’t talking about a 2,000-mile concrete barrier,” he added. “It’s just not true.”
‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations
CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.
During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.
"I'm somewhat more skeptical that this is going to necessarily lead to witnesses," she said. "It might. I just think that we really don't know, and I think the desire for Republicans to have this wrapped up fairly quickly remains strong."
GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official
On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.
CNN panel cracks up laughing at Trump lawyers trying to make Rudy Giuliani into ‘the coffee boy’
President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.
It's a claim that flies in the face of the documents, testimony, text messages and more that have been revealed throughout the course of the investigation that hangs the albatross around Giuliani's neck.
In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.