Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, the former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center took on a conservative CNN commentator’s accusation that the fault for not stopping Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election belongs to former President Barack Obama.
Appearing with host Victor Blackwell, Phil Mudd was asked about an opinion piece by conservative Scott Jennings where he suggested that the collusion charges leveled against Donald Trump were created to cover up Obama’s dereliction of duty.
The former CIA agent shot that notion down.
“If you look at this, there’s a fair question about what the Obama administration should have done. whether they should have, in the midst of dealing with issues like Syria and Isis, whether they should have said, ‘wow, this seems like the Russians are trying to meddle in the electoral process,” Mudd explained. “The counter-analysis is simple: let’s go to the campaign between Clinton and Trump.”
“Imagine the Democratic candidate standing there a month before the election telling the American people, ‘believe it or not, there’s credible information about Russia meddling. and our enemy is trying to favor the Republican candidate over Hillary Clinton,” he continued. “What do you think people would have said if Donald Trump had lost? I think there’s a fair question that Obama should have done more, but the question isn’t focused on what would have happened if Obama had gotten out there and tried to say what we saw.”
Mudd later attacked Republicans who were informed about Russian attempts to hack the election — but dismissed them — and continue to block efforts to stop more attacks.
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Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc
Watching Trump read from teleprompter is like a ‘parallel universe’ compared to his crazy tweets: CNN’s John King
President Donald Trump on Monday delivered a somber Memorial Day address -- and CNN host John King remarked about how strange it was to see him acting presidential.
Even though the president spent the weekend launching angry attacks on his political foes that included a baseless accusation of murder against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, he stuck entirely to reading from the teleprompter during his Memorial Day speech, which included stirring stories of courage about members of America's armed forces.