On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” former National Security Adviser John Bolton — a longtime hardline foreign policy conservative who clashed frequently with President Donald Trump — agreed with the assessment of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman that the president was a “useful idiot” for Russian President Vladimit Putin, and other foreign strongmen.
“My own view was that Trump just despised any indication that somehow Russia had influenced his election in 2016, because he felt it would delegitimize it,” said Bolton. “I thought that was the wrong way to approach it. Russia tried to intervene, the president should have stood up to it, but he was simply in denial of it because he thought it would undercut his current position. As far as him being a useful idiot in the communist sense, really, it is a statement that the person involved doesn’t fully understand the consequences of his actions, and I think that describes Donald Trump in many, many respects.”
“So you agree with Vindman that President Trump is a Russian useful idiot?” asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
“Well, I think his behavior, almost across the board in international affairs, betrays lack of analysis, lack of consideration of the consequences of what he does, whether it is Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping or Kim Jong-un,” he said, listing the leaders of Russia, China and North Korea.
Trump ‘is hemorrhaging support’ and is flailing badly to win it back: reporter
President Donald Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls, and one veteran journalist said that he seems clueless about how to stop the bleeding.
Journalist Alex Wagner, the host of Showtime's "The Circus," told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's flailing attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci and "60 Minutes'" Lesley Stahl are not part of some grand strategy to stage a comeback in the 2020 presidential election.
"The idea that President Trump has somehow hatched a multi-pronged plan to make a closing argument in the last remaining days of the election is a fallacy," she said. "He is hemorrhaging support among suburban women and seniors, and what is he doing? Taking on a fight with the elder statesmen of the most venerable news brand in America. She is an older woman at precisely the time he needs to be getting women and seniors."
‘Believe what you see’: Dem senator explains how ‘Rudy Giuliani is effectively a Russian asset’
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Tuesday asserted that President Donald Trump's personal attorney is "effectively a Russian asset."
Murphy made the comments about Rudy Giuliani during an interview on CNN after the president's lawyer attempted to smear Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, by planting a story about alleged corruption in the New York Post.
"I can confirm that [Russia's] campaign of misinformation and propaganda and interference is bigger, is broader and is more problematic than it was in 2016," Murphy told CNN's Jim Sciutto. "The Russians this time around have decided to cultivate U.S. citizens as assets. They are attempting to spread their propaganda in the mainstream media."
‘Bad politics’: CNN reporter stunned Trump is finishing the campaign by attacking Dr. Fauci
President Donald Trump on Monday spent much of his day attacking the nation's top infectious disease expert even as the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases in the United States surged past 55,000 a day.
CNN reporter Abby Phillip said on Tuesday that she couldn't make any sense of why the president is publicly feuding with Fauci with just two weeks left in the 2020 presidential election.
Phillip started out by noting how hard Fauci has worked to try to remain apolitical even as the president has routinely attacked him and disparaged his advice.