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.”
‘Not true at all’: CNN’s fact-checker says even the professor Trump cited on Google election fraud says president is lying
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," fact-checker Daniel Dale told host Chris Cuomo that not only is President Donald Trump's claim that Google threw over 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton a lie, the professor he's citing, Robert Epstein, has repudiated Trump's interpretation of it.
"It's not true at all," said Dale. "I spoke to the author of this study ... There are various questions about the quality of the study, but even the study's author says that the president didn't describe the study correctly. What the study's author says is he has no evidence that anything was manipulated, search results or votes themselves. What he says, and this is disputed, is that Google's search results showed bias during the 2016 election."
CNN’s Anderson Cooper demolishes Trump’s Google/Clinton conspiracy theory: He’s on ‘one of his favorite hobby horses’
On Monday, CNN's Anderson Cooper walked viewers through President Donald Trump's latest theory about Google committing voter fraud on behalf of Democrats.
"I want to play you this clip from yesterday, because of how well it shows where his head still seems to be nearly three years after election night," said Cooper. "It was in response to a question about banning high-capacity magazines. First, he quickly changed the subject to mental health, and then, well, take a look."
"The concept of mental institution has to be looked at," said Trump in the clip. "Unrelated to that, I believe that the concept also of voter identification has to be looked at because you can't have great security for the voter. People that vote, you can't have that national security unless you can have voter identification. It's something people have to look at very strongly."
Anthony Scaramucci bashes Trump’s ‘word salad’ and ‘entire GOP’ attacking him on Twitter at president’s direction
"What's he doing all day?" asked CNN's Anderson Cooper to former senior adviser Anthony Scaramucci in an interview Monday.
President Donald Trump spent another day attacking the former White House communications director and "the Mooch" said that he's now got "the entire GOP" coming after him on Twitter when they have more important things to do.
"If you look at the style of points, the manifestations of his tweets today, which are constantly in delirium, scaring people and one of the talking points I hear from Republicans, 'Well, it's the economy and we could be going up against a socialist so I'll hold my nose and do this,' but if he's really fully weakened the economy, I think those people will change their minds quickly," Scaramucci predicted.