President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered a strange and nonsensical response when he was asked why he said earlier this week that the CIA under his watch would no longer recruit Kim Jong-un’s family members to work as spies.
During an angry rant in front of reporters on Tuesday, the president seemed apologetic about reports that the CIA had used Kim’s half-brother as a spy on the regime.
“I saw the information about the CIA with respect to his… half-brother and I would tell him that would not happen under my auspice, that’s for sure,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t let that happen under my auspices.”
When asked about this statement, the president seemed to deny making it, then admitted he said it but then claimed he was being misinterpreted.
“No, it’s not what I meant,” Trump began. “It’s what I said. I think it’s different than, maybe, your interpretation. I think we’re going to do very well with North Korea over a period of time. I’m in no rush, the sanctions are on, we got our hostages back, our remains are coming back, you saw the beautiful ceremony in Hawaii with Mike Pence, we’re getting our remains back.”
Trump then discussed the “very nice letter” he received from Kim this week, and then marveled at the way Kim’s family has maintained power over the country for decades.
“You know, they’ve been there a long time,” he said. “The grandfather, the father, the son, and they’ve been there for a long time, and nobody’s done anything, except me.”
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CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.
"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."
Democrats are falling into the same trap they did in 2004: Nicolle Wallace
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace worried that Democrats are repeating the mistakes made in 2004 that resulted in Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) losing the presidential election.
Wallace asked her panel why Democrats weren't fighting back harder against Trump's racism.
"Because none of them have the gumption, the backbone and the moral clarity to make these arguments," Dr. Jason Johnson said. "This disgusts me."
"That’s what people worry about with Donald Trump being able to be re-elected because he has conviction. Even if the conviction is wrong,' he explained.
"They’re thinking strategically instead of morally. That's the problem, this is not a strategic issue. It’s a moral issue. I don’t think the Democrats get it," he worried.
Things are not looking good for Republican Senator Susan Collins’ reelection
Things are not looking good for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is up for reelection in 2020.
Collins has made a series of votes that are far more conservative than the people in her home state. Collins is one of very few Republicans willing to say that she is pro-choice. Planned Parenthood eve awarded her with an ally award.
When she met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, she said that he believed Roe v. Wade was the law of the land, making her believe that he would never act to undermine it. Then Kavanaugh ruled to allow such strict abortion laws in Louisiana that it would leave just one clinic left for the entire state.