MSNBC contributor Bret Stephens bashed President Donald Trump for haphazardly approaching his decision to strike Iran.
The conservative New York Times columnist faulted the president for failing to ask important questions — such as how many casualties could be expected — before ordering a military attack that he abruptly called off after launching warplanes.
“Reagan would have had a good plan, had an idea of how to execute it, would have executed it rapidly and it would have been over,” Stephens told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “He did that over the Gulf of Sidra in Libya in 1981, he did that again in 1988 when there was a one-day naval battle in which we sank about half of the Iranian operational fleet.”
“What Trump has done,” Stephens added, “was demonstrate to the Iranians he is a Twitter tiger. This is a guy who likes to speak loudly, is full of bluster, but the fact is he is not only a very cautious president, but he’s an extraordinarily disorganized president.”
He said reports about Thursday’s aborted strike, and Trump’s tweets about the decision Friday morning, showed an alarming breakdown inside the administration.
“You just have to ask yourself the kind of extraordinary breakdown in normal American governance that a president orders a strike, but only asks the follow-on question, is it proportionate?” Stephens said. “How many people on the other side are going to die, when the planes are already in the air?”
Stephens said Trump displayed characteristics that Republicans had always tried to assign to recent Democratic presidents.
“The accusation the Republicans always made about President Clinton, President Obama, is they were weak, hesitant, pulled out at the last minute, signaled weakness to our enemies, and Trump is actually fulfilling exactly that kind of stereotype as a Republican,” he said.
New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."