On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” White House correspondent Manu Raju discussed Senate Republicans’ unwillingness to advance legislation to close the background check loophole used by the Odessa gunman — and how, just like during the federal government shutdown in January, President Donald Trump’s erratic behavior has paralyzed the GOP.
“Expanding background checks, which would close this crucial loophole, has been sitting on [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell’s desk for months. He’s not brought it for a vote,” said host Erin Burnett. “Because he doesn’t know where the president stands, is that fair?”
“Yeah, the concern for the Senate Majority Leader right now is putting a bill on the Senate floor that would put his Republican senators in a difficult spot, but they are asking essentially for the president to give political cover to back legislation that controversial and get backlash from the base to move forward,” said Raju. “The president says he would ultimately sign off on that, but because he’s been all over the map, that has made it very difficult for Republicans in the Senate to decide exactly how to move forward.”
“They have been in this position before, Erin, right before the government shutdown, the longest in history, that occurred this year,” said Raju. “They thought the president was going to sign legislation to keep the government open. He backed away, and the Republicans were in a difficult spot. In this situation, they don’t want the same thing to happen, which is why they are asking for clarity, something the White House has yet to give the Republican senators.”
‘Worst nightmare for the White House’: CNN reporter says latest impeachment testimony has left GOP scrambling
CNN reporter Jamie Gangel on Tuesday suggested that Republican lawmakers are attacking the Democrats' impeachment inquiry process because they are increasingly finding they cannot defend President Donald Trump on the substance of his actions.
During an interview with host Brooke Baldwin, Gangel said that the White House is particularly dreading any future testimony provided by former national security adviser John Bolton, who reportedly denounced Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's shadow campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden as a "drug deal."
CNN’s Avlon demolishes Trump’s three biggest Syria lies that are getting the Kurds killed
On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon laid into President Donald Trump for his lies about Syria — lies which, he noted, have a terrible human cost.
"War and peace. Life and death," said Avlon. "And that’s the power of the presidency. And that’s what we’re seeing in Syria right now. Where President Trump’s impulsive order to remove U.S. troops after a call with Turkey’s autocrat is causing chaos and slaughter. And it’s given an anticipated victory to four American adversaries, Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and Islamic State."
"Who could have seen this coming? Basically anyone who was paying attention, except, apparently, President Trump," continued Avlon. "And so, faced with the real-time consequences of his actions, he’s defaulting to his comfort zone: A pattern of disinformation."
CNN panel stunned after Bakari Sellers calls Tulsi Gabbard ‘a puppet for the Russian government’
Bakari Sellers shocked his fellow CNN panelists on Tuesday when he called Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) a puppet for the Russian government.
During a discussion of Tuesday's upcoming Democratic primary debate, Sellers accused Gabbard of being fundamentally different from all the other candidates on the stage, and he darkly hinted that she has loyalties in places other than the United States.
"There is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States of America, but I digress," he said.
"Wait a minute, what?" a shocked April Ryan asked.
Sellers then went on to elaborate his accusations.