On Saturday, Rear Adm. John Kirby, former Pentagon Press Secretary, told CNN that while he supported President Donald Trump’s attempts to get to the negotiating table, he believes those efforts are likely to be even less successful that Trump’s negotiations with North Korea.
“There are some similarities seeing play out with Iran to what we saw play out with North Korea,” said anchor Victor Blackwell. “You know, fire and fury, I want to talk, I don’t want war, but my button is bigger than yours. You remember, we heard that during 2017. But the Ayatollah is not Kim Jong-Un. Rouhani is not Kim Jong-Un. Iran is not Kim Jong-Un. Iran is not North Korea. Is there any part of the North Korea playbook to get to talks, not to the eventual end of getting them to abandon their nuclear enrichment or even ballistic missiles, that works for Iran? Anything from the North Korean playbook that works for that country?”
“I’d be careful trying to compare the two,” said Kirby. “They’re completely two different regimes run by two completely different autocrats. And in fact, in Iran, it’s a theocracy, it’s religious-based. I’d be careful to try to pick and choose one or the other. But I think the president’s instincts to want to talk, they’re good. Now he just has to find a way to get the Iranians to the table, and right now, I don’t see a way to do that in the year and a half he has left in office. My gut is the Iranians are going to try to wait him out.”
“We need to understand, unlike Kim Jong-Un, it’s not only an autocratic government, it’s led by one guy, in Iran, it’s not a monolithic — yes, the Supreme Leader runs, from a religious perspective, he runs the country, but there’s an elected government under President Rouhani, and there’s great tension between the religious right and the civil elected government, Rouhani’s more moderate government,” said Kirby. “And in some ways, President Trump with all his bellicosity and all his obliteration talk, all he’s doing is doing the work of the mullahs for them.”
“About a month ago, Victor, a Revolutionary Guard commander said that he who’s calling for calling for regime change in his own country. In other words, he wanted Rouhani out,” said Kirby. “So I think the Iranians, particularly Rouhani, are willing to wait Trump out here for 18 months. I find it very difficult to see how he’s going to get them to the table.”
Fox News is so obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez they said her name three times as much as CNN or MSNBC
It's clear that Fox News and other right-wing reporters are trying to create boogymen in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new analysis by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, revealed that the conservative network has said Ocasio-Cortez's name more than CNN and MSNBC combined.
"First, Ocasio-Cortez and her "Squad" mate Ilhan Omar have been talked about a lot more on Fox than on other cable news channels this year," Stelter wrote. "Second, the freshmen have been getting more attention on cable than seasoned leaders of the Democratic Party."
CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism
CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.
Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.
"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.
Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.
According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.
"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."