After a press briefing by CIA director Gina Haspel, Republicans Lindsay Graham (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) asserted they have no doubts that Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Senators statements stood in contrast to the Trump administration’s official posture, which appears to be: “Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t,” as Donald Trump told the press in November.
Republican Rep. Chris Stewart tried to stake out a middle ground, telling CNN Tuesday that it’s not clear that the President had been given all the information available to the Senators when he questioned bin Salman’s involvement. He also pointed out that the US has to keep its strategic interests in mind, and noted that we collaborate with many countries where journalists are under threat.
“20 have been killed in Mexico. You don’t think it happens in Turkey and China? Of course it does,” Stewart told CNN.
Wow — @RepChrisStewart downplays Saudi Arabia’s responsibility for murdering the dissident journalist and Virginia resident Khashoggi: “Journalists disappear all over the country. 20 have been killed in Mexico. You don’t think it happens in Turkey and China? Of course it does.” pic.twitter.com/L5cJgYQwmK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 4, 2018
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."
‘It is all crazy’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin goes off on people who try to insist Trump’s rants are just jokes
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scorned the idea from President Donald Trump's defenders that rants like his recent anointment of himself as "the chosen one" are made in jest, for entertainment value.
"One of the strange things about President Trump is that nobody has ever seen him laugh, like a full laugh on camera," said Toobin. "Think about it. You never see it. And this notion of explaining crazy things he says as jokes is not — that is just not true. He does not joke. When he said 'Russia, you know, I want you to find Hillary Clinton's emails,' they tried to explain it as a joke. It wasn't. Russia went right to work trying to find Hillary's emails."