A former adviser to multiple presidents observed Tuesday that Donald Trump is acting out as the Republican Party fractures over his border wall government shutdown.
Responding to news that 11 Senate Republicans joined Democrats to successfully block Trump’s Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on businesses linked to a controversial Russian oligarch, former presidential adviser David Gergen said there may be writing on the wall.
“The Republican unity is cracking on this and on multiple fronts, such as the shutdown,” Gergen told his CNN co-panelists.
The Senate’s vote to block Treasury from lifting sanctions on businesses linked to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who counts former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a debtor, shows that Trump “is not in command the way he once was,” the former presidential adviser said.
“He’s much more vulnerable, he’s thrashing around,” Gergen added. “And all of that is to suggest that this has gotten a lot more serious.”
News of the 11 GOP senators’ decision to cross party lines and vote on the measure proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) came after a number of House bills to partially or fully reopen the government attracted Republicans to defect — in spite of urgings from their party and the White House.
Condi Rice deflects Trump’s racism by saying slavery was just ‘a number of people being treated badly’
Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about President Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.
During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.
"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."
Rand Paul snaps at Liz Cheney over Iran warmongering and announces plans to help her opponent
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took several shots at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over her desire to attack Iran and her defense of departed White House adviser John Bolton.
Asked about his ongoing feud with the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Paul said the congresswomen is out of touch when it comes to American's taste for war.
“The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation," Paul explained. "It destabilized the Middle East and increased the strength of Iran and tipped the balance toward Iran, so really there was nothing good about the Iraq war and Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney and John Bolton still don’t get it. They are still advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.”
‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics
On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.
The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.
"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.
"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.