On Wednesday, former White House adviser David Gergen quickly shut down Republican Mike Shields after he said that President Donald Trump has been “tough on Russia.”
Trump’s relationship with Putin has been highly scrutinized since he took office. Most recently, it was reported that Trump destroyed his interpreter’s notes after a private meeting with Putin at the G-20 summit and that he went to great lengths to keep the details of the meeting hidden from members of his own administration.
During a panel discussion with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Shields said that Trump has been tough on Russia in regards to policy.
“They have been tough. There have been sanctions put in place. We kicked out people after the London poisoning. They bombed Syria against the direct wishes of the Russians,” Sheilds said. “We’ve sent lethal weapons to Ukraine to help them kill Russian soldiers. This administration has been pretty tough on a policy level.”
“I don’t want to get into a big argument but he has not been tough on Russia. He’s been in alignment with Vladimir Putin,” Gergen said.
“What policies has he not been tough on?” Shields asked.
“How about the Middle East? Spending years to get the Russians out of the Middle East and now we’ve invited them back in to take over Syria. Is that a smart policy?” he responded.
Gergen added, “I just think it’s clear and most people accept that.”
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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling
Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.
One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).
"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."
"None," Davis replied.
"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.
Trump is doing everything he did in 2016 to get elected — and it’s failing this time: columnist
On Saturday, Washington Post columnist Dan Balz wrote that President Donald Trump is relying on the same old bag of tricks that let him lurch blindly to a surprise victory in 2016 — but that that playbook is unlikely to get him elected again, let alone deliver sound domestic or foreign policy.
"After a week in which the threat of recession rocked global financial markets, his trade war with China showed no signs of progress and the government of Israel got into a nasty dispute with two members of Congress, President Trump went to bed Thursday night with other weighty issues on his mind. 'Great news,' he tweeted. 'Tonight we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena [Southern New Hampshire University] in Manchester!'" wrote Balz. "This is the frivolous mind-set of the president of the United States. Trump’s flurry of statements over the past few days have brought into focus once again something fundamental about him: He has little understanding of what it means to govern. He would rather tweet from the bleachers."
REVEALED: Trump’s citizenship director founded group that called immigrants ‘invaders’ who spread diseases
On Saturday, CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reported that Ken Cuccinelli, President Donald Trump's acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, helped found a virulently anti-immigrant group called "State Legislators for Legal Immigration" in 2007.
The principle claim of State Legislators for Legal Immigration was that undocumented immigrants effectively were the same thing as an act of war by a foreign country, and should be responded to as such. The group blasted such immigrants as "invaders" responsible for "serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, [and] terrorism."