President Donald Trump is going to have a year filled with anxiety, according to David Gregory. The CNN political analyst said the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, the special counsel investigation, and the downturn in the economy would all cause Trump significant problems.
“When you go down a list, what’s amazing is [with] a Democratic Congress this year, all the investigations of President Trump that are going to be public and in the open because Congress is doing it, however the Mueller investigation winds up,” Gregory said during a panel discussion Tuesday.
“And then the big factor is also the economy, whether it is more muted in the United States, as it’s been around the world, there is a downturn that is underway. People are feeling it in their long-term investments in the markets, which at the end of the year were in such a bad way. I think there will be so much anxiety within the White House that bubbles up with those three factors alone.”
Nia-Malika Henderson, a senior political reporter for CNN, said she expected Trump would focus on his re-election. “The House Democrats looking into everybody about him and his family. He has to figure out a way to keep a grip on not only the grassroots folks but certainly Republican officials… So I think that is going to be his plan going into 2019.”
“Yes, investigations, oversight, the economy,” CNN’s John Avlon added. “But a lot of Trump’s powers politically have stemmed from being buoyed by a good economy. It’s the one area where he’s been above water consistently. Lowest approval rating of any president with the lowest unemployment in the two years. If that starts falling away, the laws of gravity will start to fly… Yes, he may not lose his base, but a lot of his ability to corral and cow his critics will be diminished.”
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When things aren’t going well — Trump promotes his superiority ‘as a near deity’: Trump biographer
A panel discussion with CNN host Don Lemon chuckled at the idea that President Donald Trump likely practiced in the mirror talking about himself as "the chosen one."
Michael D'Antonio, author of The Truth About Trump, explained that Trump's most significant "tell" that he's lying is when he gestures wildly.
"Whenever the president gestures wildly, the more he gestures, the more you know that he's lying and that he's trying to sell you something," the Trump biographer said. "So all day long today he was gesturing wildly. He was looking up to the lord. He was using his hands in an extreme manner. And that's his tell. That means that he's manipulating us and lying."
Trump’s economic policy is like ‘burning all your furniture to heat the house’: New York Times columnist
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," New York Times columnist Tom Friedman scorned President Donald Trump's economic policy of endless tax cuts and cheap credit as a cynical ploy to get elected, rather than something in the long-term interest of economic stability.
"You know, under Obama, Republicans were screaming about the deficit, about deficits, the whole Tea Party was about deficits," said Cooper. "No one seems to care about that at all, and the deficits have exploded, and certainly this president doesn't care about that."
"You know, look, the party is clearly a cult of personality, it's not a 'party' in any sense that it was before," said Friedman. "What is more conservative than to say that, running up a debt this high and then beating on the Fed to lower interest rates is kind of like burning all your furniture to heat the house, and one day you'll run out of furniture?"
At least 30 people have been arrested on suspicion of mass shooting plots since El Paso and Dayton: report
On Thursday, CNN's Rosa Flores reported that more than 30 people have been arrested on suspicion of planning mass shootings since the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The suspects are all over the country, and range from high school students to white nationalists.
"A 37-year-old California man arrested today after allegedly planning to shoot employees and guests at a Marriott hotel where he worked," said Flores. "A 15-year-old arrested in Florida accused of threatening to commit mass murder at his high school ... And a self-described white nationalist pleading not guilty to charges of online harassment and aggravated menacing after allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown, Ohio Jewish community center."