On Thursday’s edition of “The Situation Room,” CNN commentators discussed President Donald Trump’s attacks on former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his closed-door testimony to Congress that the president was unprepared for his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And special correspondent Jamie Gangel noted how dramatically Trump’s characterization of Tillerson’s intelligence has changed since his initial appointment.
“He did not only attack Nancy Pelosi today,” said host Wolf Blitzer. “Rex Tillerson, his former Secretary of State, who appeared behind closed doors for several hours before the House Foreign Affairs Committee spoke at length — there is one report he suggested the president wasn’t as well prepared for his conversation with Putin as Putin was.”
“Today the president tweeted, ‘Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany. I don’t think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!'” Blitzer continued.
“I have one question: who hired Rex Tillerson?” said Gangel. “How is that all of the ‘best people’ — they’re are always the ‘best people’ — turn out to be lousy or liars. And I went back and looked at a tweet from December 13th, 2016. Donald Trump, ‘I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson.'”
She later added, “Rex Tillerson is not alone. We have heard from John Kelly, General Mattis, Gary Cohn, it goes on and on. You know, dozens of people who left the administration.”
Mitch McConnell busted on CNN as the ‘ringmaster’ leaving the door open for more Russian election interference
On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon broke down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is every bit the obstacle to secure and safe elections as President Donald Trump is.
"There should be things that transcend petty politics, and towards the top of that list is stopping foreign powers from interfering in our elections," said Avlon, playing a clip of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about the dangers. "Robert Mueller's warning is again, falling on willfully deaf ears. We know that foreign powers continue to try to meddle in our elections. Trump's FBI director and Director of National Intelligence have made this crystal clear."
CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt
The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.
On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."
According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.
CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"