On Thursday, General Mark Herling (Ret.) delivered a warning following the surprise announcement that President Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, would resign in protest of the president’s policies.
“The president made his decision, based on our reporting, over the recommendation of all his senior advisers, not just Mattis,” said anchor Jim Sciutto. “Who fills that position, who is a voice with creditability who can disagree with the president and convince him otherwise, or is that lacking now?”
“This president doesn’t want disagreement. He doesn’t want to be challenged. He doesn’t want to see things outside of his bubble,” said Hertling. “Secretary Mattis finally came to the point where he tried his best and just said, ‘I can’t do it anymore.'”
Hertling said this is not just another staff shakeup, but rather a symptom of something more serious.
“This is a different kind of resignation from all of the other cabinet resignations that have taken place because Secretary Mattis grew up in a military culture… When a guy like Mattis says ‘I’m gone,’ there’s something dysfunctional… the wheels have been off for a long time. We’ve seen sparks flying off the axle for a long time. This has got to change. The security of our nation is more important than these crazy narcissistic moods of the president of the United States.”
‘It’s like Kindergarten’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s juvenile attacks on Kamala Harris’ name
On CNN Monday, anchor Anderson Cooper played clips of President Donald Trump making fun of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and deliberately mispronouncing her name.
"By the way, you know who's further left than Bernie is Kamala," said Trump in the clip. "She's the most liberal senator in America. Kamala. Kamala. Senator Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the Green New Deal, Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. You pronounce her name wrong, she will go crazy. Kamala, like a comma. You like Kamala?"
"Obviously, not something he's done once or twice," said Cooper. "It's like Kindergarten, remember? When everyone used to make fun of people's names. It happens again and again and again, much like how, to this day, he still emphasizes President Obama's middle name, Hussein."
Trump’s DHS prepares to send federal agents to cities for election: ‘We have teams ready to go’
Homeland Security agencies are preparing for civil unrest as tensions climb leading into the last week of the presidential election.
"We have teams ready to go as needed ... we don't have any specific intelligence that suggests any particular threat of violence," said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the Homeland Security deputy secretary.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is putting personnel on standby through next week's election, according to a senior ICE official who spoke with CNN. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been regularly training personnel -- an extension of the deployments this summer, an agency official said.
Trump has become ‘The Incredible Shrinking President’ as Americans tune him out: Pennsylvania AG
On Monday, Pennsylvania's Democratic Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, hit back at President Donald Trump's threats that he would be "watching" the state for signs of voter fraud.
"What's your response to the president, who made those allegations without any evidence at all in your state?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"He says he's watching, about the only thing I have seen here in Pennsylvania is that Donald Trump has gone 0-5 in court challenges against us here," said Shapiro. "Court challenges where he has alleged widespread voter fraud, and yet never was able to back it up with a shred of evidence. That's why courts have dismissed these baseless lawsuits that he's filed. Apparently, now that he's lost in court time and time again, he's gone into the public square to spin a tale and tell these lies and attack our governor."