On Friday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, sat down for a lengthy interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer to discuss Trump’s position on the border wall shutdown.
Friedman identified one of the biggest problems in the United States right now as the lack of trust in our leader.
“No one trusts this man,” Friedman said. “No one believes a word out of his mouth anymore. He had that deal with Mitch McConnell to open the government, and I think we’re at a point where if we do have a crisis, what does it mean to have a crisis if you have a president who has no moral authority?”
The United States does have an immigration problem, he said, because Latin American countries are “fraying or imploding” as their manufacturing base is eaten up by China.
Trump has people who would be willing to help with these crises, Friedman said, but instead, he thinks that he and Jared Kushner alone can solve the problems.
“If we face a crisis with a president who no one believes who’s surrounded by a C-team in the White House, then God save us,” he said. “He’s told one too many lies. I don’t know if it was lie number 6,000 or 7,000—the Washington Post has been keeping a tab—but I felt that we’re in a moment now where people simply don’t believe a word out of his mouth. When he can stand up and say ‘I never said Mexico would pay for the wall.’ We’re through the looking glass.”
There is no way out of the situation as long as Trump remains president, Friedman said.
“We have a disturbed man as president, Wolf,” Friedman said. “That is very clear.”
Watch the interview below.
Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’
President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.
McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.
"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.
McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."
"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."
CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’
Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.
On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.