On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” as fallout continues from President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four progressive black and Hispanic women lawmakers, White House correspondent Jim Acosta showed viewers a supercut of some of the president’s most racist behavior in recent years.
“President Trump is doubling down on his racist tweet aimed at four Democratic women of color in Congress,” said Acosta. “The president is dumping more fuel on the firestorm he touched off by telling those members of Congress, if they aren’t happy in this country, they can leave. President Trump is defending his racist attacks on Twitter, not concerned that his tweets aimed at four women of color in Congress may appeal to white nationalists.”
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me and all I’m saying — they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn’t say leave forever. It says leave,” said Trump.
“Referring to congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley,” continued Acosta. “The president tweeted they could ‘go back to where they came from.’ But three of them were born in the U.S. The fourth, Omar, came here as a child and became a citizen. There were no apologies from Mr. Trump as he took the incendiary rhetoric one step further, telling the women they can leave the country.”
“The race-baiting rhetoric is the cornerstone of his rise in American politics, going back to birther attacks on Barack Obama,” said Acosta, playing a clip of Trump saying, “People are trying to figure out why isn’t he giving his birth certificate, it’s not a birth certificate.”
“That’s racist, Obama was born in Hawaii,” said Acosta. “Then there were his comments about immigrants crossing the Mexican border as he launched his campaign.”
“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people,” said Trump in his now-infamous quote from 2015.
“That’s racist too,” said Acosta. “Then there was his equivocating over white nationalists and neo-Nazis spreading violence in Charlottesville.”
“Excuse me. Excuse me,” said Trump in the clip from 2017. “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people. On both sides.”
‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs
Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.
While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.
"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."
Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’
A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.
As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.
"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."