Trying to have it both ways, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went on CNN on Thursday morning toboth call out Donald Trump for his racist attacks while at the same time saying the president is not a racist.
Sitting down with host Alisyn Camerota, the Trump apologist who spent a brief 11 days in the White House said that the president is being advised by friends to dial back the racism or face the loss of a “glacier” of support from voters.
With host Camerota pointing out that he had called Trump’s remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN) “reprehensible, racist and neanderthalish,” she pressed, “and yet, you still support him?”
“I do,” he replied, before worrying, “If he continues on that path, he’s going to lose a glacier of support. It’s gonna break off and float away from him in a way he doesn’t understand.”
“Would you still support him?” Camerota asked. “If he continues with these tweets, he would lose your support?
“Not just my support,” Scaramucci answered. “He has friends of his in the White House that are working for him that are telling reporters ‘These tweets are racist, but I can’t say anything because I got to keep my job.’”
“For me it will eventually be a moral question. But he’s not a racist,” he continued, to which Camerota shot back, “But his tweets are racist.”
“The tweets are racist, and by the way the friends would tell him the truth would tell him the tweets are racist. But again, I don’t believe he’s a racist, ” he replied to the stunned CNN host.
‘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."