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.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’
CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.
The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon
President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.
However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.
Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.