A former GOP communications director told CNN on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would only become more “erratic” as his promise to build a massive border wall crashed into reality.
Tara Setmayer said the longer Trump dragged out his fight to fund the wall, the worse things would become for him.
“Because the American people need to understand, well, why are you doing this exactly? We already get 4.8 billion for border security. And you’ve seen he’s already changing the language he’s used,” she told CNN.
“Now it’s whatever you want to call it, fencing, a sort of a fence… Democrats will give a little more money, Trump will come off the 5 billion and Trump will find a way to use language so that it seems like he’s actually gotten a win here.”
“You have people out here sending money to some fraud guy to build the wall,” Setmayer continued, referencing a GoFundMe campaign launched by Trump supporters. “His base is obviously not tethered in reality about how these things work.”
“The president was willing to lie about a 115 mile border wall contract to make it seem like he’s doing something. Most people don’t understand the government procurement process and I don’t blame them, it’s difficult. But the president doesn’t dole out contracts. This is not how things work.”
“I think we’re going to start to see him say more erratic things that are not true, that are provably false to make it look like he’s doing something,” Setmayer said.
Susan Rice tears into Trump for ‘brushing off information’ critical to troops’ ‘life and death’ because he can’t hear bad news
On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.
"My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear," said Rice. "When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the 'doomsday people,' but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don't intimidate the messengers ... this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn't want to hear bad news."
Trump savaged by ex-NAACP president for refusing to denounce ‘white power’: He has been ‘coy with white supremacists’
On CNN Wednesday, former NAACP President Ben Jealous tore into President Donald Trump for his refusal to disavow the "white power" video he retweeted earlier in the week.
"You know, this president has been coy with white supremacists again and again," said Jealous. "He did it around the Ku Klux Klan early on. He did it with Charlottesville, there is good people on both sides. And now you see him do it here."
"Again, it's part of his attempt to dog whistle, to play to his base," said Jealous. "He's running like George Wallace. He's running like Lester Maddox. You know, he has the RNC scheduled for him to speak on Ax Handle Saturday. It's a mess. And that just — these are his instincts. This is a guy — the Central Park Five, the world has known for 20 years they are innocent, he insists they are guilty. When it comes to race, he has a real problem."
Trump aides are trying to decide if it’s a better to close down again — or just let people die
President Donald Trump's inner circle is battling over the decision to return the country to closed and caution or to simply let people die from the coronavirus.
CNN.com reported Wednesday evening that a debate is afoot in the White House about whether they should push forward with the reopening, regardless of the death toll. If the president's Fox interview Wednesday afternoon is any indication, he's opted for the latter approach, continuing to reopen and urge Americans that everything is fine, even if it isn't.