The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency blasted President Donald Trump for trying to use “authoritarian” tactics to win his border wall fight — and said he’d been doing so for quite some time.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace pointed out that after Trump failed to get Congress on board with border wall funding, he moved to “simply reach for the authoritarian’s toolbox and do it by emergency declaration.”
“I think Donald Trump has been reaching into the authoritarian’s toolbox for quite some time,” former CIA director John Brennan responded, “in terms of delegitimizing the press, undermining the institutions of government, trying to corrupt and control of the institutions of law enforcement and intelligence.”
“His opting for this right now I think is just very typical of him,” he added. “And he’s again fabricating crisis that leads to real crises, crisis of confidence in the government, crisis of confidence among federal workers.”
Brennan said that he thinks Trump “comprehends but doesn’t care” that his shutdown is hurting federal workers “because he lacks that gene of empathy.”
“He only does things that are going to benefit himself,” the former CIA chief said. “I think that’s been his way not just since he was inaugurated but long before that.”
“The fact so many Americans are going to suffer as a result of this,” Brennan concluded, “I don’t think it bothers him. He’s just looking at which way the political winds blow, which is what authoritarian leaders do.”
He’s trying ‘to get under Trump’s skin’: Reporter Olivia Nuzzi outlines Joe Walsh’s impact on 2020
Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton explained during an MSNBC panel discussion that former Rep. Joe Walsh isn't likely to peel away many voters from Trump as someone who is "Trump-light." New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi, however, thinks Walsh with have a more significant impact, whether or not he can win the primary race.
During a CNN panel discussion, Nuzzi similarly noted that Walsh's primary purpose could be to troll the president.
Boris Johnson ‘tremendously humiliated’ Donald Trump on a global scale at G-7 meeting: CNN analyst
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of President Donald Trump's favorite people to take over for Theresa May when she resigned this summer. But Johnson also mocked the U.S. president and humiliated him on a global scale, said New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi.
During a panel discussion on CNN Sunday, CNN's Ryan Lizza opened by saying that Johnson is in a tight spot as he's trying to negotiate Brexit while serving as an international leader to the G-7. Johnson also needs to negotiate a trade deal with Trump, but he clearly is going about it in the worst possible way.
Trump allies acquiring ‘dirt’ on journalists to take them down during the 2020 election
President Donald Trump's war against the media has taken a next step. According to The New York Times, Trump's allies have been compiling information on reporters at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times to strike back because the president believes they "aggressively investigated" him.
The information was revealed Sunday using information disclosed by associates of conservative Arthur Schwartz, who is spearheading the project. Schwartz is an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. and previously worked with Steve Bannon.