Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Monday flailed wildly after CNN’s Poppy Harlow called him out for defending President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria.
Harlow began her interview with Burgess by reading reports showing the situation in northern Syria quickly turning into a humanitarian catastrophe that could be linked directly to Trump’s decision to give Turkey the green light to invade the area.
Burgess responded by blaming Congress.
“Well, what I will tell you is this was a very poor time for Congress to be out of town for two weeks,” he said.
Later in the interview, Harlow read Burgess a quote from a Kurdish leader who accused Trump of betraying his people and leaving them to be slaughtered by the Turkish military. Burgess responded by once again deflecting blame from the president.
“Well, look, the United States has asked for help from its European allies in policing this area,” he said. “We’ve asked our European allies to take those ISIS fighters that were being held in the prisons in northern Syria — no help from our European allies. The president was essentially having to do this entirely on his own, no help from congress, no help from European allies.”
Harlow, however, would not let him off the hook.
“The facts matter here, congressman!” she said. “And Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he spoke with the president over the weekend and it was the president’s decision to remove nearly all, if not all, of those U.S. troops from northern Syria.”
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CNN’s Cuomo slams Trump advisers for attacking Fauci: ‘Why doesn’t Captain Carnage tell his sycophants to shut up?’
On CNN Tuesday, Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump's aides for attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci — and their boss for allowing it to continue despite knowing Fauci is correct.
"Trump knows Fauci is a trusted source," said Cuomo. "Given what just came out of his mouth, we have to ask why is he trying to destroy Fauci? And the answer is because Fauci keeps telling you the truth about COVID-19."
"If the president isn't behind it, why is his campaign pushing out a staffer like Stephen Moore, who is openly trying to smear Fauci's decades-long service?" said Cuomo. "The guy is supposed to be an economic analyst. What about this from Peter Navarro, another Trumper? Now he's a Fauci critic? These guys want to talk about being trustworthy and records of getting things wrong, and they work for Trump and never admit his legendary lies? And Dan Scavino, deputy chief of staff for communications, he posted this cartoon, mocking the top infectious disease specialist on his Facebook page as he calls him his colleague."
Anderson Cooper tears into Trump for lying about coronavirus death rate: ‘This is just ludicrous’
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper led his show with a searing indictment of President Donald Trump for his ongoing lies about his management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cooper particularly took umbrage at Trump's claim, at the day's Rose Garden press conference, that "we have just about the lowest mortality rate" and only seem to have more cases because "we do tremendous testing. We have the best testing in the world."
"This is just ludicrous," said Cooper. "This is the president of the United States. More than 130,000 people dead in this country and he's continuing this ridiculous lie, it's nonsensical. It defies any belief. We shouldn't be surprised because this is what he does. This is one of president's favorite lies. The United States is not the best or close to it in deaths — it's the seventh-worst in the world. The testing doesn't discover them. According to Redfield and others, the cases we know about are probably far underestimating the actual spread of this virus."
Trump tried to create a ‘fairy tale’ of his pandemic leadership: CNN’s Acosta
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's latest press conference.
"By and large ... what you heard the president talk about is essentially what he would have talked about had he been able to give that rally in New Hampshire last weekend," said Acosta. "He decided to have it here in the Rose Garden. When the press assembles here in the Rose Garden, we expect there to be a number of questions asked of the president. There were only three or four people called on before he raced out of here."