PBS News reporter Yamiche Alcindor explained in an MSNBC panel discussion Wednesday that President Donald Trump was waiting for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to defend himself in public. The way he did it may not do anything for his own appearances, but Alcindor said that Trump will like one key aspect out of it: Acosta didn’t apologize.
“People close to the president tell me that Acosta was really encouraged to have this press conference by President Trump,” said Alcindor.
She noted that there were times when Acosta looked into the camera while he was answering questions and said: “I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”
“I understand what’s going on here,” she continued. “And the media is getting this wrong. And it sounded a lot like President Trump, who of course is the person who told him to hold this press conference. I think what you see there is him not apologizing, not saying I regret some of the things I did. I couldn’t have done things differently. And he is doing that because frankly, the president doesn’t do that.”
She said that his boss is essentially telling him to get on TV and give the best defense possible. If he managed to perform in a way that Trump thought was acceptable he’ll let Acosta keep his job.
“What you saw was him shifting blame and trying to tell other people you could have done a better job and I was a hero in the situation, but in reality, he wasn’t really saying here are the things I did wrong and here are some things I could have done differently,” Alcindor said.
Former federal prosecutor agreed, saying that she couldn’t help but notice that Acosta was quick to throw all of the Florida prosecutors and staff under the bus and blame them for his own mistakes. It’s a page right out of the Trump playbook.
Watch the panel below:
‘There is no managing Donald Trump’: White House Republicans blasted for their myth of ‘adults in the room’
Republicans who thought they could manage Donald Trump were taken down in The New Yorker on Tuesday.
The Susan Glasser article was titled, "The spectacular failure of the Trump wranglers."
"On Tuesday, nearly seven hours into the marathon third day of public impeachment hearings, Kurt Volker tried to explain to the House Intelligence Committee what it was like to carry out the nearly impossible task of wrangling U.S. policy toward Ukraine during the Presidency of Donald Trump," Glasser wrote. "Volker, a veteran Republican diplomat who had been serving, since 2017, as Trump’s Special Representative to Ukraine, said that he realized last spring that he had a 'problem,' and that it was Trump himself.
BUSTED: Trump’s White House sent out anti-Vindman talking points — trashing their own staffer
President Donald Trump's war on his own employees escalated on Tuesday when the White House spread talking points designed to result in a coordinated attack on a decorated active-duty Army officer.
"The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees," The Daily Beast reported after obtaining a copy of the document.
"On Tuesday morning, White House aide Julia Hahn emailed Trump surrogates under the subject line, “Vindman’s Complaints Are Nothing More Than Policy Disagreements,” according to messages reviewed by The Daily Beast. Hahn, a Steve Bannon protege and one of his former allies in the White House, works on outreach and communications involving pro-Trump talking heads and other players in conservative media," The Beast reported.
Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’
CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."