A Reliable Sources panel on CNN kept up the drumbeat of criticism of White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders on Sunday, asking why she hasn’t been fired since she was exposed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as an admitted liar.
With host Brian Stetler bluntly stating, “Sarah Sanders is a press secretary with zero credibility. Why does she still have a job?” panelists wondered how long President Donald Trump’s spokesperson could hang on.
While one guest pointed out that Sanders is reportedly popular in the White House, CNN contributor April Ryan said that didn’t matter with an impassioned summary of Trumps press secretary’s history of smears and lies.
“Here is the issue. Under oath, she acknowledged she lied — under oath,” Ryan repeated for emphasis. “That’s not the only lie that has been told from that sacred room to the American public and the world.”
“The reason why this is so important is because everything is in the balance at the White House, we are all touched by what happens and said from the White House: war and peace, life and death are written and spoken from that podium or from the oval office,” she added.
“She’s the president’s mouthpiece, her credibility is shot,” Ryan continued. “There’s a list of things and more. I’ll detail another one about the payment to Stormy Daniels – that was a lie. Also against our colleague Jim Acosta, a propaganda video against Jim Acosta.”
“This is the United States, not Russia or China. Credibility is a huge piece of the puzzle and her credibility is shot,” she concluded.
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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran
On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.
Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.
"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."
Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator
No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"
Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report
So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.
Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.