MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace deduced on Tuesday that the White House is under siege.
Wallace, who served as communications director in the George W. Bush White House prior to her journalism career, connected the dots to explain President Donald Trump’s increasingly unhinged behavior on Twitter.
“This is what a White House under siege looks like,” Wallace explained. “Democrats naming names and setting dates for oversight hearings.”
“The House Oversight Committee moving this afternoon to hold the former White House official in charge of security clearances in contempt for refusing to appear at a hearing to investigate the White House process for granting security clearances,” she noted. “That office under scrutiny for, among other things, granting Jared Kushner access to the nation’s top secrets over the concerns over the CIA and over the objections of career staff and based on reporting of the New York Times, over the objections of former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn.”
McGahn’s public testimony could be explosive.
“And speaking of Don McGahn, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for him,” Wallace reported. “McGahn has emerged as Robert Mueller’s star witness.”
“And despite the fact McGahn refused to carry out the code reds — saved the president for a more damaging obstruction report from Mueller. The president, ever the TV producer, is clearly rattled today by the prospect of McGahn’s public testimony,” she noted. “Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, are engaged in a concerted effort to smear the former top aide.”
Wallace asked Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker for analysis.
“With Donald Trump’s Twitter feed as our window into if not his soul, his mind, what did this morning spell for you?” Wallace asked.
“Well, the analogy [Phil Rucker] and I always think of with this president is teapot and at a certain point that pressure builds up to a boil and he has to let off that steam somehow. One of the most frequent ways, of course, is Twitter,” Parker noted.
“If you’re 12, I guess,” Wallace interjected.
“Twitter is basically a real-time window into what President Trump is thinking and doing at that moment,” Parker explained. “It doesn’t mean he’ll be thinking and doing that same thing even several hours from then, but it does give you a sense of when he’s frustrated, when he’s angry, when, as saw over the past 24 hours, basically sitting there stewing, watching TV, getting increasingly enraged and sharing that rage with the public in these bite-sized missives.”
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"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.
"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."