A CNN panel on Thursday highlighted the hypocrisy of President Donald Trump’s claim that Kim Jong-un knew nothing about the murder of American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in custody in North Korea’s notoriously brutal prisons, leading host John King to accuse the president of slapping Warmbier’s grieving parents in the face.
Senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson was surprised by the president’s change of heart.
“Donald Trump himself said at the State of the Union last year or the year before, the Warmbier family was there, he basically said ‘our thoughts and prayers are with you,'” Henderson said, adding that Trump had called out Kim for incarcerating Warmbier. She surmised that the president was trying to flatter the North Korean dictator, in the hopes that letting Kim off the hook would give the U.S. a win on denuclearization.
“That’s the pattern you’ve seen from this president several times,” agreed the Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim highlighting Trump’s worrisome habit of cuddling up to dictators.
“I was looking back at what the president had said about Otto Warmbier,” she continued. “Back in 2017, he also called this ‘the responsibility of a brutal regime.'”
She said it was unclear why Trump was giving the dictator a pass, but King cut to the chase.
“It’s a slap in the face to an American family who lost their son,” he said. “That’s what it is from the president of the United States.”
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CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’
CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.
The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon
President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.
However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.
Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.