On Friday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former White House official David Gergen — who has advised multiple presidents, including three Republicans — expressed his disappointment at the fact that President Donald Trump chose to use a D-Day ceremony to attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“I had the privilege of going to Normandy on the 50th anniversary with President Clinton, and it is hallowed ground,” Gergen told host John Berman, who was filling in for Cooper. “One has a sense that as you walk in, especially — because there are so many gravestones there, it’s extraordinarily moving when you’re there, and you do have a sense, there’s something sacred about this place and that where we honor those who fell.”
“And so, to have the president go there and then this controversy with Nancy Pelosi — I understand why he was ticked off with her, but nonetheless, especially to sit at that space just before the commemoration with those graves behind you, you know, it’s just — I just can’t — I can’t believe — who planned that? Who was on his advance team or why did he allow that to happen? Who can explain it?”
“One possibility is he doesn’t care,” said Berman.
“Certainly,” said Gergen. “But, you know, in some ways, if you’re on his team, you’re trying to make the speech the centerpiece of the day, and he stepped on his own story, you know. And continually did that throughout this trip. This trip overall, because of the ceremonial aspects and the warmth with which he was received by the Royals in Britain, along with D-Day, you know, had something very positive for him. He was more presidential than most of the things he does.”
“So to step on it was sort of dumb, frankly, but more importantly, I think is what it says about not respecting a place as hallowed as that for Americans,” Gergen said.
GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.
During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.
Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘We’ve entered a shame-free zone’: CNN’s Sciutto appalled by Trump’s ‘mind-boggling’ G7 corruption
CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday did not mince words when talking about President Donald Trump's decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.
During a segment about the president's multiple corruption scandals, Sciutto described Trump's G7 gambit as the president "explicitly, publicly steering a taxpayer-funded government contract to [his] own business." He then asked former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti to comment on why this scandal might get Trump into hot legal water.
‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Speaking with host John Berman, Khanna was pressed on what he had learned behind closed doors from former and current officials working in Trump's administration, saying he couldn't divulge any more than has previously been released but that there was enough there to raise serious issues about Trump's continuing as president.
Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.