On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters slammed President Donald Trump for pulling U.S. troops out of northern Syria, and leaving our Kurdish allies to their fate.
“Colonel Peters, you just heard the president say he’s ‘Not siding with anybody,'” said Cooper. “He claims he told Turkey’s President, [Recep] Erdoğan, that there would be ‘trouble’ if anything ‘outside of what we think is humane’ happens. Can the Kurds count on that?”
“No, of course not,” said Peters. “The president, unfortunately, he lies like a little boy caught stealing from his mom’s purse. When you unilaterally withdraw the U.S. forces, the trip-wire forces protecting the best allies we have ever had in the Middle East outside of Israel, at the behest of an Islamist despot who despises the United States and wants to slaughter our best allies, then I’d say you’re taking sides, Anderson.”
“The president tweeted today in part, ‘As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)'” said Cooper. “I mean, how do you even respond to that? I mean, the idea that — I don’t know of anybody who does have great and unmatched wisdom ever saying they have great and unmatched wisdom.”
“I feel like we’re on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but, my God, ‘in my unmatched wisdom,’ you can’t believe a word Trump says and he was surprised by the backlash,” said Peters. “I mean, clearly on a phone call, Trump lives in the moment. Erdoğan called him. Trump did what Erdoğan told him to do, convinced it was the right thing to do, was shocked by the backlash even from Republicans, who amazingly found some spine on this, and now he’s waffling, backtracking, he doesn’t want to leave the forces there. Then it looks like he folded. Right now, while the Kurds are under great threat, Trump doesn’t know what to do. My concern is that Erdoğan, who has just been itching to kill the Kurds, to slaughter them, may move pretty quickly.”
“It also — I mean, the message it sends to other nations or other groups who might, you know, in the future — that the U.S. might need to work with,” added Cooper.
“Trump has consistently attacked our allies, great and strong, from NATO to the Kurds,” said Peters. “At the same time, he has repeatedly and enthusiastically embraced despots, Kim Jong-Un, Erdoğan of Turkey, el-Sisi in Egypt, President Xi with an on and off relationship, and let us not forget Vladimir Putin, whose birthday it is today and who is set to profit greatly from the U.S. abandonment of the Kurds.”
“You know, first of all, the Syrian government, Russia’s client and the Iranians, are also ready to pounce, not just the Turks,” continued Peters. “The Kurds may be forced, as we abandon them if Trump lives up to this and does that, they may be forced into the arms of Iran, for God’s sakes, and the Russians. So with his impulsive idiocy last night, Trump has endangered not just the Kurds, but the progress made against ISIS and in fact the entire region. It’s amazing that so small a gesture to Trump could have world-shaking reverberations.”
CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.
"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.
"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."
Trump suffers ‘Impostor Syndrome’ on a level ‘previously unknown to man’: Art of the Deal co-author
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz broke down President Donald Trump's mental state — and suggested that the president has a subconscious, pathological fear of being exposed as a fraud.
"Knowing the president as you do, how do you think he is going to handle next couple of days of this public testimony?" asked Cooper. "He obviously watches a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it, but he clearly does."
"Well, I think that he is in two places right now," said Schwartz. "I'm sorry to say this, because one of them seems fine. Which, for — to me, which is I suspect, he is in — his nervous system is in a very high state of activation, and God save you to be around him right now. Because this is the ultimate humiliation, to have his election called into question."
White House in ‘chaos’ in advance of public impeachment hearings: report
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House reporter Jim Acosta broke down how President Donald Trump's administration is in a state of turmoil with hours to go before the public impeachment hearings begin in the House.
"It is a picture of chaos as the president heads into this very different phase for him in the impeachment inquiry, very public phase with officials testifying in front of cameras up on Capitol Hill," said Acosta.
"My colleagues and I over here at the White House are hearing from our sources that when Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, started these legal maneuverings a few days ago, first he would join this lawsuit in federal court that would determine whether or not he should respond to these congressional subpoenas up on Capitol Hill and testify, and then yesterday he decided he's going to pull out of that legal challenge and pose his own legal challenge, file his own lawsuit and then this morning we find out he's scrapping the whole thing altogether and going back to the original legal guidance from the administration that he's immune from testifying under this subpoena that has been issued for his testimony," continued Acosta.