Addressing a report that the trade deal with Mexico that President Donald Trump proudly boasted about on Friday night was actually put together months before he threatened devastating tariffs, CNN contributor April Ryan explained why Trump waited until the last minute — and why he didn’t want the public to know about the history behind the deal.
Speaking with host Martin Savidge, Ryan smirked when asked about Trump’s boast.
“Yeah, Martin like what is old is new, right?” Ryan began. “Basically, when this deal was done before, it was done with the then Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen, and you know the president has a problem with Nielsen and she is no longer in the White House. So he wanted to make it look like he had a fresh face and it’s nothing new here –nothing new.”
“He wanted to package to make it look like he is doing it,” she continued. “This is the kind of thing that they do. It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors around the White House to repackage or rebrand, what have you. The bottom line is it’s about the fact it was done by Kirstjen Nielsen. Anything she did, or a person she was close to, even General John Kelly. Anything both of them did, it’s kind of along the wayside and they are making it new. If they like the idea they going to try to rebrand it like it was theirs.”
“It’s all about the disdain for people and trying to say this is mine versus theirs,” she concluded.
‘This is mind control’: Ex-CIA agent nails Trump’s new loyalty oath for government staffers
The White House and Republicans were supposed to be putting together a plan to protect Americans against Russia hacking yet another election, former CIA officer Phil Mudd pointed out on CNN Monday. Instead, they've failed Americans, opting instead for their own crusade to protect the president from anyone who disagrees with him.
"In a typical president, the National Security Council would say to the president, 'here are the options,' but they won't do that," said Mudd.
Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby agreed, saying that in wake of the president's acquittal from the Republican Senate, he feels empowered to do whatever he wants.
Trump leveled by Dem lawmaker for purging ‘disloyal’ officials so he can surround himself with a ‘team of sycophants’
Appearing on CNN's 'New Day," with host Alisyn Camerota, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) hammered President Donald Trump for ordering the purge of government employees and appointees deemed disloyal to his administration -- saying the president wants to surround himself with a collection of yes men and women.
Reacting to a report from Axios that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has compiled a list of Trump-supporting fringe characters like former Sheriff David Clarke and Fox News personality Dan Bongino for high-profile administration positions, the Democrat expressed his disgust.
Trump’s new Federal Reserve appointee called the US a ‘behemoth’ that couldn’t be trusted to oversee the US dollar
President Donald Trump hasn't had much luck with appointing people to the United States Federal Reserve.
In 2019, Trump tried to appoint Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to the high financial office. Both ultimately were forced to drop out of the running after being completely humiliated on the national stage. Now, according to CNN, Trump is trying again, though his recent appointee, Judy Shelton, doesn't look to be working out either.
"Our government is promising so much to so many and at the same time we let the government control the value of our money and all of that would really go against the grain with our Founders -- who did not see it as the government's task to supply everything to everybody," said Trump's appointee Shelton.