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.