Former chief of staff at the CIA Jeremy Bash didn’t hold back on an MSNBC guest turn Monday.
“In some ways, the president is trying to speak his own reality,” Bash told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, continuing: “like he’s doing with the wall [saying] ‘the wall is being built’ [but] no, it’s not. Like they’re giving up their nuclear weapons…no, they’re not,” he added.
In both cases, he continued, the Trump administration is “naive” and “false about the facts” — especially when it comes to North Korea, the expert told Wallace Monday.
As for Wallace herself, she dug right into the heart of Trump’s confused North Korea positions, often at odds with Trump’s own intelligence agency experts, over the past two years, saying “one of the most serious things going on right now is his divide with the intelligence community.”
Wallace continued: “this is where it matters. this is why it matters…that he doesn’t believe Gina [Haspel] and Dan Coats…he’s going to sit there and either believe the Russians who gave him advice, or murderous thugs sitting across from him.”
Watch the segment below.
GOP senator admits she’s hoping Trump’s Ukraine scheme successfully sinks Biden
In a press conference with reporters on Monday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gave the game away by implying she hopes that President Donald Trump's scheme to dig up foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden successfully sinks his candidacy and causes him to lose the Democratic caucuses in her state.
"Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?"
The remarks came after White House lawyers spent hours trying to change the subject from Trump's attempts to extort the president of Ukraine with military aid, to the conspiracy theory surrounding Biden's son's work in Ukraine that he had been demanding they pursue.
Republicans defended ‘a vile scoundrel’ who is ‘racist’ and ‘a petty tyrant’ — and it wasn’t Donald Trump
President Donald Trump's defense attorneys were blasted for their defense of a different president on Tuesday.
"I mean, of course Trump's lawyers are defending Andrew Johnson. Of course," noted MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes.
"Johnson was a vile scoundrel and a drunk and a racist and a petty tyrant whose presidency brought blood and shame upon this nation," Hayes continued. "That's the kindest characterization I could muster."
The host linked to a 2019 piece on Johnson that he wrote for The New York Times as a book review of "The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple.
Trump lawyer cites former GOP senator to discredit impeachment — but leaves out he supports convicting the president
During the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, White House lawyer Robert Ray attempted to contrast the impeachment of President Donald Trump with that of President Richard Nixon, by arguing that unlike in the former case, Republicans came together with Democrats to call for removing Nixon. As part of the comparison, he brought up then-Rep. William Cohen, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense for President Bill Clinton.
"Together these six Republicans made history," said Ray. "They did so with no sense of triumph and no fist bumps."
What Ray chose not to mention, however, is that Cohen has specifically weighed in on the Trump case, and said that he should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scheme.