On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), second-in-command on the House Intelligence Committee and candidate for president, blasted President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for dismissing Russian interference in the U.S. election as “Facebook ads.”
“Russia did a lot more than buy some ads,” said Swalwell. “Russia attacked our democracy. The Trump team met with Russians. They never said no. They held up green lights. They expected to benefit from it. And the Mueller report says a lot of things, but it doesn’t say “Oh, by the way, these contacts stopped.”
Furthermore, he explained, it matters because it could happen again.
“And so, most importantly, what I want to know is, are there ongoing threats to our national security?” Swalwell said. “Can we expect more of this in 2020? Have we now created a permissive environment for other countries to think, ‘Well, democracy is open for business. We can all come in and get our preferred candidates elected.'”
“And so I think it’s insulting to the intelligence community’s findings, but it also, I think, doesn’t uphold our values as a democracy to say that that’s all they did,” Swalwell concluded.
Russia did a lot more than buy some Facebook ads…are we just going to let this go on through 2020? pic.twitter.com/QchDF9Trzp
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 26, 2019
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.