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.”
Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor
In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.
As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.
Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.
After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed, "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”
With O'Brien noting, "[Trump] was trying to de-escalate. He didn’t want violence, he’s trying to stop the violence that we saw that took place overnight," he then went on to drag in reports being pushed by Donald Trump's administration that Antifa -- which he mentioned frequently during the entire interview -- had taken over the protests.
Atlanta mayor levels Trump for comments taunting George Floyd protesters: He’s ‘making it worse’
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning after yet another night of protests rocked her city, the mayor of Atlanta bluntly told Donald Trump to keep his mouth shut about the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the protests that have followed.
Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was asked about comments the president has been making on Twitter about the protestors which have included threats of using "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons."
"President Trump has been tweeting about the violent protests across the country. he vowed to step in and use, quote, 'the unlimited power of our military' and he suggested local officials should, quote, 'get tough and fight.' He's also talked about threatening 'the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons I have ever seen' to use against protesters in Washington, D.C.," host Tapper began. "What do you make of the way the president has handled this crisis?"