New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s tweets lately have grown even more unhinged than usual because there’s no one left in the White House who can impose any kind of discipline.
In particular, Haberman pointed to chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who hasn’t even tried to stop the president from sending out bizarre tweets comparing himself to the “King of Israel” and the “Second Coming of God.” The New York Times reporter also suggested that former chief of staff John Kelly would not have allowed the president to tweet out something like that.
“The one data point a former official pointed to me in particular was that the tweets had gotten a lot worse,” she said. “And their point was you would not have seen some of these tweets in 2017.”
Haberman also said that multiple former administration officials have told her that “they believe this is an escalation of sort of his more erratic behavior or his more extreme behavior,” which “they attribute it to increasing stress in the job as he faces re-election.”
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Congressman blasts Trump administration’s ‘lawless’ move to quash whistleblower: ‘He does not have the authority’
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"In tomorrow's hearing with the intelligence community's inspector general, who forwarded this report, saying it was an urgent concern, what exactly is the inspector general going to be able to talk about?" asked Cooper. "I know it's behind closed doors, but is he going to be able to tell you what is actually in the complaint or who is instructing him or who's instructing the DNI not to hand it over to your committee, if that's what's happening?"
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"Evan, this has been developing through the day. [Intelligence] Chairman [Adam] Schiff was very quiet, and now suddenly there's going to be this briefing, and what's really going to happen at the briefing tomorrow?" asked anchor Erin Burnett.
Foreign trolls are trying to create a ‘circular firing squad’ among US veterans: digital researcher
Foreign troll accounts have been working to sow division and create a "circular firing squad" among American veterans, a veterans advocate warned CNN on Wednesday.
During an interview with Brianna Keilar, Kris Goldsmith of Vietnam Veterans for America talked about the ways that trolls have been infiltrating veterans organizations and trying to divide their members along political and racial lines.
Goldsmith said that two years ago his group notice an "impostor Facebook account" that would spread misinformation and propaganda to its members.
"After months of studying it, we came to recognize that it was an entity somewhere in Bulgaria who was spreading falsified news," he explained. "So what they do is copy and paste a real story about something like veterans' benefits possibly getting cut, change the date, and make it look fresh and get people upset."