Legal analyst and Professor Maya Wiley explained in a phone interview with MSNBC that Trump is revealing a lot about himself in this new ABC interview.
Host Ari Melber asked if it was Trump’s call to overrule the FBI.
“He’s not qualified to override the FBI’s statement of law,” Wiley said laughing. “He’s not an attorney. As someone who lacks foreign policy and counterintelligence experience is once again refusing to listen to his experts in government. That’s one thing and it’s bad.”
Now, Trump is saying that a foreign government like Russia or China, he would accept the intelligence from them on his opponent.
“This president has said regularly if they offer me dirt in a U.S. Presidential election, information on opponents, I’m not even going stop and consider what their motives are,” Wiley continued. “I am not going to stop and consider whether or not there is a national security concern and I am not going to consider contacting counterintelligence officials.”
She went on to say that Americans keep seeing this over and over with the president.
“This is a pattern,” Wiley said. “He has undermined the morale of the FBI. He’s asked his own Attorney general to open an investigation into the FBI. He acted as if the FBI is less trustworthy than [Russian President Vladimir] Putin himself. That should be a deep concern to most Americans. But let’s also remember, that what he is saying in a statement, ‘I will put my self-interest ahead of the country’s.'”
Watch the full clip below:
How Trump’s limited intellectual development has given him a ‘God complex’
Trump's lack of respect for the country's long-standing democratic norms and institutions also extends to America's alliances, security arrangements with its allies and friends, and the international order more broadly. To that end Trump has threatened to remove the U.S. from NATO, hailed the merits of nationalism (while barely pretending that does not mean white nationalism), tried to surrender U.S. security to Russian President Vladimir Putin and proclaimed on numerous occasions that America will now stand (mostly) alone in the world.
This story first ran at Salon in November of 2018.
Danish media crushes ‘questionable real estate agent’ Trump for his ‘absurd’ snub of their country
President Donald Trump has found himself getting skewered by the Danish media after he abruptly canceled a planned meeting with the Danish prime minister after she refused to sell Greenland to the United States.
Copenhagen-based newspaper Berlingske on Wednesday published several articles and editorials that took Trump to task for snubbing an important European ally because it would not entertain selling him Greenland.
The paper's lead editorial, for example, declared Trump's cancellation "absurd" and said that he was deeply harming his country's relationship with Denmark.
Amid recession warnings, Trump reportedly considering more tax cuts for rich and corporations
"Two of Trump's ideas for stimulating the economy are 1) cutting the corporate tax rate a little more (after cutting it a lot didn't do much), and 2) indexing capital gains to inflation. It's tax cuts for the rich all the way down."
While continuing to publicly downplay warning signs that the U.S. economy is barreling toward a recession, the Trump White House is reportedly weighing a number of supposed stimulus measures, including more tax cuts for the rich and large corporations.