CNN White House reporter Abby Phillip on Thursday said that President Donald Trump is quickly realizing that he will have almost nothing to run on if the economy crashes next year, and is scrambling to find some way to appeal to voters.
Sources have told CNN that the president in recent days has been pushing aides to do whatever they can to get his long-promised border wall built because he realizes that he’ll otherwise have nothing to run on if the economy goes south.
Unfortunately for the president, Phillip explained, even getting the wall built won’t come anywhere close enough to get the president enough votes should the economy tank.
“The problem for the president is the fallback plan really only appeals to a narrow swathe of voters,” she said.
She then explained how the president has no one but himself to blame for the tough predicament he’s found himself in.
“Some of this is a problem of his own making,” she said. “Last year, around the time the president started to escalate his trade war with China, he believed the economy was strong enough to withstand a trade war… and yes, the economy was strong, but it was never as strong as he made it out to be. It was basically on par with the performance of the economy in his predecessor’s time.”
And given that the president seems dead set on staring down China in his trade war, Phillip said, it’s left the White House with few options.
“Frankly, the White House doesn’t know what to do about it,” she said.
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Bromance between ‘frantic’ Lindsey Graham and ‘annoyed’ Donald Trump collapses as the Kurds get slaughtered: CNN
The growing rift between Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was documented on CNN on Thursday morning with contributor Dana Bash explaining that a "frantic" Graham is now at loggerheads with an equally "annoyed" president.
Sharing a montage of clips showing Trump and Graham taking shots at each other over the Syria debacle that has resulted in one of Trump's biggest defenders quickly flipping to being one of his harshest critics, Bash explained, "Listening to that, it's hard to believe that Graham is one of Trump's most loyal allies."
With Graham on record stating, "It's not about me and him, it's about the country," Bash begged to differ.
‘It just didn’t add up’: Pelosi says Trump’s meltdown was triggered by simple logic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday said that a "meltdown" on the part of President Donald Trump came after she questioned the logic of his military leadership.
At her weekly press conference, Pelosi explained the details of a meeting on Syria that took place at the White House on Wednesday.
"I also pointed out to the president I had concerns that all roads seemed to lead to Putin," the Speaker recalled. "The Russians have been trying to get a hold in the Middle East unsuccessfully and now the president has given them an opportunity with the Kurds reaching out to them for support in Syria."
‘The president got his head handed to him’: CNN panel points out GOP is fleeing Trump after Syria vote
A CNN panel discussion on Donald Trump's very bad Wednesday turned to a House vote that saw Republicans joining with Democrats en masse in condemning the president's actions in Syria, with the panelists agreeing it is bad sign for Trump's future.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN regulars Jeffrey Toobin and Dana Bash said Trump is facing big problems as impeachment looms.
According to Bash, a big part of Trump's bad day was word of his "meltdown" on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spreading to congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
As she noted the now-famous picture of Pelosi confronting the president, Bash explained, "It's hard to see how that picture shows anything other than her literally and figuratively standing up to the president, particularly after what we now are told from people on both sides of the aisle who were in that room happened where the president was, again to use his words, 'rude to her'"