In conversation with Erin Burnett about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ lies about the FBI, CNN’s April Ryan disclosed that the White House called her and tried to “explain” to her their own narrative about what Sanders said.
“She made a comment from the White House podium, right, saying that the rank and file FBI agents had lost confidence in Jim Comey, right, she said it as a fact and more than once,” said Burnett. “She told Bob Mueller that quote that was not founded on anything … she admitted, April, to the special counsel that she hadn’t talked to anybody. When she said it she made it up. She admitted that. But now she is saying it’s 100 percent accurate. What do you make of the explanation?”
“Well, let me say this, the White House is very concerned,” said Ryan. “I got a call today because, you know, as I said, I called her a liar. And the White House tried to explain to me what it was.”
“A lie is a lie is a lie,” Ryan continued indignantly. “She calls us fake news? She is a fake press secretary disseminating lies … she lied to the press, who in turn delivered that information to the American public. It’s not about us. It’s about the American public.”
“People are not going to be able to trust her, or even this administration, it’s even bigger than Sarah at this point,” Ryan concluded. “It’s now the president. It’s now his minions. Can you trust? And the answer is no. There are big questions today.”
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."
‘It is all crazy’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin goes off on people who try to insist Trump’s rants are just jokes
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scorned the idea from President Donald Trump's defenders that rants like his recent anointment of himself as "the chosen one" are made in jest, for entertainment value.
"One of the strange things about President Trump is that nobody has ever seen him laugh, like a full laugh on camera," said Toobin. "Think about it. You never see it. And this notion of explaining crazy things he says as jokes is not — that is just not true. He does not joke. When he said 'Russia, you know, I want you to find Hillary Clinton's emails,' they tried to explain it as a joke. It wasn't. Russia went right to work trying to find Hillary's emails."
‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.
"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"
"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.