A CNN panel on Monday once again found itself baffled by President Donald Trump’s strange deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During a discussion of former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s bombshell revelation that Trump trusts Putin more than his own intelligence agencies, former Republican congressman Mike Rogers said it was disturbing how willing the president was to take the word of a top geopolitical rival.
“That’s very, very concerning to me,” he said. “These are his intelligence folks who are culling lots of points of collection, meaning human and electronic and digital, every form of [intelligence]… they take all of that information and then they come up with a policy or at least a proposal or at least an understanding of what’s going on in the world. The president needs to have faith and trust in that information.”
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, meanwhile, suggested there was something darker going on with the president’s often fawning treatment of his Russian counterpart.
“This is not just any leader,” Toobin said, referencing Putin. “This is Vladimir Putin, who he was trying to do business with, who was helping him win the election. I mean, there is something bizarre and perhaps sinister about the president’s relationship with Russia. ”
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"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
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To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
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Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.