MSNBC’s Eugene Robinson ridiculed President Donald Trump’s obsession with his persistent unpopularity, which distracts him from his basic duties as chief executive.
The Washington Post columnist and “Morning Joe” contributor bashed the president for attempting to justify his narrow election win nearly three years ago instead of growing into his job, and he said that disconnect was “insane.”
“Size always matters to this president,” Robinson said, “and he’s completely obsessed with this idea because it’s true that he won a very narrow electoral victory and lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, and this drives him crazy and will continue to drive him crazy.”
Robinson blasted the president for focusing on his own emotional needs instead of global and domestic issues of importance.
“The president is obsessed with his crowd size,” he said. “At the New Hampshire rally last week where he insists that people mention that his crowd was bigger than Elton John’s — very, very big on that — and instead of thinking about, you know, Hong Kong and Afghanistan and these places where there’s all this turmoil, he’s focused on Greenland. We’re doing to buy Greenland, apparently.”
“It’s just a real estate deal, and that’s what he’s obsessed about,” Robinson added. “It’s just insane, but here we are — 2019, welcome. Have a nice summer.”
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Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.
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The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.
Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.
"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.
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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.
""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"