President Donald Trump on Wednesday waved off criticisms of his abrupt withdrawal from Syria by saying that the Kurds are “no angels” and that they were being “protected” now by a Syrian government that has allegedly used chemical weapons against its own citizens.
The president also said that the fighting going on right now between the Kurds and the Turkish military was not America’s problem, despite the fact that he dispatched both Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ankara with the goal of negotiating a ceasefire.
All of these moves left CNN contributors John Avlon and Max Boot struggling to make sense of the president’s latest impulsive and contradictory actions.
“This is madman behavior,” said Boot. “There is no way to make sense, to rationalize this, because he very impulsively decided to… let Erdogan do what he wants without consulting with the Pentagon, without consulting with his aides, and now he and the rest of the administration are trying to clean up.”
Avlon then chimed in to say that Trump in the past has always been impulsive, but there used to be more people around him capable of containing his worst instincts.
“His impulse is to jump over the ledge,” Avlon said. “He keeps getting talked off the ledge by the professionals, but he made this decision impulsively without his military advisers.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why Trump’s quick trip to Walter Reed raises more questions
President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed over the weekend, claiming that nothing was wrong, but CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained it wasn't a typical routine medical exam done every year for presidents.
Speaking Sunday, Dr. Gupta explained that medical issues are typically done by doctors on duty at the White House, and there isn't a need to go to the hospital.
"No question, this sounds a bit unusual," he said. "I mean typically even with this White House, we've gotten plenty of notice in the past that the president was going to be getting a physical exam, that it was going to take place at Walter Reed, which, it has in the past. Everyone institution-wide received noticed, and it doesn't seem like that happened in this case."
Mike Pence distances himself from his own top adviser after she refuses to lie for Trump
Vice President Mike Pence's top adviser, Jennifer Williams, seems to be enduring retaliation from her employers after cooperating with subpoenas from the House impeachment inquiry this week. Williams spoke to the committee behind closed doors, and her testimony has was released Saturday.
President Donald Trump attacked her as a "Never Trumper" on Twitter Sunday, despite her work for the Trump adminsitration.
GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses
On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN's Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.
Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican's assertions multiple times -- with Tapper once flatly stating "That's not true" -- the CNN host asked about Trump's tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.