President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.
On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.
“I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point,” said Toobin. “I mean, I think people around the world know he’s a blowhard, knows he’s full of bluster. But that’s no reason to get into a war.”
“You know, presidents historically have had their masculinity challenged, and they start wars to prove they’re tough, and that’s a terrible idea,” said Toobin. “And if Donald Trump is criticized or loses some credibility, that’s a heck of a lot better than getting involved in military action where people die, where Iranians die, where potentially American soldiers die. That’s a better outcome notwithstanding the possible hit to his credibility.”
Trump balked at full pardon for Roger Stone over fears of Justice Department ‘backlash’: CNN legal analyst
President Donald Trump's former political strategist Roger Stone claims that he asked for a commutation of his prison sentence, rather than a full pardon, because a pardon would have implied an acknowledgement of guilt whereas a commutation would still allow him to seek for the original conviction to be thrown out.
But on CNN Saturday, criminal defense attorney Page Pate suggested it may have played out differently: Stone may have actually wanted a full pardon, but Trump was spooked out of offering one.
"Page, this situation, I guess, is not entirely surprising. It's been signaled for some time," said correspondent Abby Phillip. "But what is different about this, I think a lot of people were expecting a pardon here. Roger Stone said he wanted his sentence commuted because he didn't want to admit guilt. What is the significance of that?"
WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test
Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.
"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"
Trump’s New Hampshire rally is an act of ‘biological warfare’: Portsmouth police commissioner
President Donald Trump's planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed -- and one public official in the city says that holding it would have been an act of "biological warfare."
Appearing on CNN with host Kate Bolduan, Portsmouth Police Commissioner Stefany Shaheen outlined her concerns about having a large crowd of rowdy Trump supporters gathered into a tight space this weekend.
"I definitely took notice when you called the rally that is set for tomorrow as 'biological warfare,'" Bolduan said. "What is your biggest concern with the president holding a rally in your city tomorrow?"