Appearing on CNN with host Chris Cuomo, Donald Trump biographer David Cay Johnston thoroughly took apart the past two days of butt-covering and lies from the White House about the aborted attack on Iran by noting the president is an “idiot” who — in the end — only cares about how he looks.
Johnston began by noting that Trump’s claim about being told about possible casulaties and collateral damage was worse than it appeared.
“I don’t believe that the discussion of casualties only came up at the last second. if we accept it, he didn’t think about to ask about what the human cost would be until the last second,” host Cuomo offered.
“I think it’s actually much worse than that,” Johnston insisted. “Our military commanders understand proportionality. They won’t recommend a plan to kill 150 Iranians over a drone. They’s recommend a plan to take out the radar tower that tracked the drone or a missile launcher. If they did it’s because Donald Trump or [national security adviser John] Bolton said give me the most aggressive plan you can come up with. It is certainly not what the military commander would have recommended.”
“He doesn’t believe there’s a win militarily in most situations?” Cuomo asked.
“No, I don’t think he does,” Johnston explained. “Remember he promised to bomb the hell out of people and at the same time extract us from war overseas?”
“What he’s done is made himself the hero of the story. It’s what he always does. ‘There would have been this terrible disaster with all the dead people. but I prevented that,'” he mimicked Trump. “He always does this. You need to remember that Donald Trump is an idiot the classic Greek meaning of the word — someone who thinks only about himself.”
‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"
"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."
‘There needs to be a prosecution’ of cop who killed George Floyd: CNN guest says ‘call it what it is’
On CNN Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson walked through why the Minneapolis police officer responsible for George Floyd's suffocation death must be prosecuted.
"Bottom line, question here from looking at this, should the officer face charges?" asked host Erin Burnett.
"Erin, I don't think there is any question about that, and I think if you look at it, under any reasonable measure there needs to be a prosecution," said Jackson. "You know, when you look at issues of excessive force — and I know this comes with a lot of emotion, and it should because of the blatant nature of what occurred. But if you even look at it legally and forget about the emotion, you look and you see, was there an imminent fear that the officer was facing when he had his knee in the neck of Mr. Floyd? And the answer is resoundingly no. You look at the force he used, that is the officer, and you say is it proportionate to whatever threat was posed? The answer is no, you don't see any threat. You see a person detained and really not resisting at all."
CNN’s John King astonished Trump keeps tweeting things that would get anyone else ‘fired in a snap’
CNN's John King on Wednesday expressed shock that no one has been able to convince President Donald Trump to stop tweeting unfounded conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdering a staffer 20 years ago.
During an interview with David Gergen, King said it was particularly jarring to see Trump, in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 100,000 Americans, to be tweeting things that "if I tweeted them, we would be fired in a snap."
Gergen then looked back at how past presidents have handled tragedies, and he said Trump pales in comparison to all of them.
"This should be a week of national mourning, to have 100,000 deaths, the number we'll reach in the next two or three days, and the country is saddened by that," he said. "Traditionally, presidents bring us together for occasions like this. They brought comfort, they met privately with the families of the victims and cheered people up... and here now, we have completely the opposite. It's very, very sad."