President Donald Trump has not yet found a way to make a graceful exit from his standoff with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over border wall funding.
On Friday, former presidential adviser to David Gergen appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper and said Trump has begun to look “ridiculous” as he interferes with negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
With Pelosi vowing not to give Trump a wall, no one knows what compromise Trump will ultimately agree to, Gergen said.
“He doesn’t want to look weak, but he’s looking ridiculous,” said Gergen. “That’s what’s bothering so many Americans. The thought process is so confusing. The line of argument is so confusing. Nobody can make heads or tails of what he wants. That’s really deeply distressing for Republicans.”
Gergen worked in the White House with Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and said Trump’s problems are unique.
He put part of the blame for Trump’s predicament on Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who lacks credibility when speaking to the media or the American people.
“This is where the failure to have a strong, credible press secretary and be surrounded by the people who can go on air and straighten these things out is a real weakness for him,” Gergen said. “A normal White House would have one person who could go to the microphone and walk the press through this, and the president doesn’t have to get involved in every little detail.”
Mitch McConnell busted on CNN as the ‘ringmaster’ leaving the door open for more Russian election interference
On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon broke down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is every bit the obstacle to secure and safe elections as President Donald Trump is.
"There should be things that transcend petty politics, and towards the top of that list is stopping foreign powers from interfering in our elections," said Avlon, playing a clip of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about the dangers. "Robert Mueller's warning is again, falling on willfully deaf ears. We know that foreign powers continue to try to meddle in our elections. Trump's FBI director and Director of National Intelligence have made this crystal clear."
CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt
The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.
On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."
According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.
CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"