CNN’s Jake Tapper opened his show this afternoon with Jamal Khashoggi and President Donald Trump‘s “stunningly dismissive tone about any possible Saudi leadership role” in his disappearance and likely killing. “The President is denying that he’s giving cover in any way to the Saudis, insisting he simply wants to find out what happened,” Tapper said. “But that’s about as tough as the President was willing to get.” In an interview with the AP yesterday, not only did Trump not want to blame Saudi Arabia yet, but he said it’s a case of “guilty until proven innocent” just like Brett Kavanaugh. And as Tapper said, “He has had harsher words in the last week or so for Stormy Daniels, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Taylor Swift than he has had for the Saudis responsible for the likely butchering and slaughter of a Washington Post columnist.” Watch above, Continue reading "Tapper: Trump ‘Stunningly Dismissive’ About Saudi Arabia, Has Been Harsher on Stormy, Elizabeth Warren, Taylor Swift"
On Wednesday, CNN host Jake Tapper wondered why if Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not meeting with Saudia Arabian officials to get facts, why he was bothering to travel there at all. Tapper started by playing a clip of Pompeo as he was leaving Saudi Arabia after meeting with the crown prince in the wake of the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Turkish officials say one inside, he was brutally murdered and his body dismembered. After being asked by a reporter on the tarmac if Saudi officials indicated if Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said this: “I don’t want to talk about any of the facts. They didn’t want to either. They want to have the opportunity to complete this investigation in a thorough way.” Tapper, though, then wondered what Continue reading "CNN’s Tapper on Pompeo’s Saudia Arabia Trip: What Was Point ‘If They Didn’t Talk About Any of the Facts’"
As anti-GOP protesters amp up their tactics, confronting officials in restaurants and other public spaces, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) skirted around any condemnation of the behavior in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. “I am very strongly in favor of mobilizing the American people to stand up and fight for economic justice and social justice and racial and environmental justice, and I think we have to mobilize people,” he told the State of the Union host, adding that he’s “not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities.” Continuing, Sanders said what mattered in elections was voter turnout, urging those upset with the status quo to speak out at the ballot box. “If you are out there and you’re sick and tired of what’s going on, of the very rich getting richer while the middle class continues to struggle, then you are going to have to not Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Declines to Condemn Protesters Confronting Republicans: ‘We Have to Mobilize People’"
CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed President Donald Trump‘s recent USA Today op-ed on Medicare for All, stating it was rife with more falsehoods than he had time to debunk in his program. “It’s only an hour-long show,” he said during a Sunday morning broadcast. “We can’t get into every lie that President Trump told in that op-ed.” However, Tapper teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) to take a crack at the controversial editorial, calling it “suffused with lies and factual errors” on healthcare reform proposed by the left. In the Wednesday write up, Trump bashed the single-payer system as a massive money pit that would yank benefits from seniors. “He said we are going to weaken Medicare coverage for the elderly. That is an outrageous lie,” the senator said. “We expand coverage to include dental care, vision care and hearing aids.” USA Today pointed out Trump’s misleading Continue reading "Jake Tapper Rips Trump Op-Ed: ‘It’s Only an Hour-Long Show, We Can’t Get Into Every Lie’"
During a conversation centered around the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, CNN host Jake Tapper suggested President Donald Trump has been harder on a pop star this week than he has been on the Saudi Crown Prince. “President Trump has been harsher about Taylor Swift this week than he has about MBS,” Tapper said on Friday, referring to Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Tapper’s comments come more than a week after Khashoggi entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul seeking papers so he could get married. Turkish authorities claim they have audio of Khashoggi being beaten, interrogated and ultimately murdered after he went inside the Saudi space. Earlier today, Khashoggi’s colleague Karen Attiah said Khashoggi was “not the type of writer who wanted to be a revolutionary.” The Washington Post editor also said the Trump administration was sending the wrong message by not being tougher on the Continue reading "Jake Tapper Says Trump ‘Harder on Taylor Swift’ Than He is on Saudi Arabia"
In their joint announcement today, neither President Donald Trump nor former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave anything away about who will be replacing her at the U.N. … or did they? A lot of people think they may have done just that, and the names floating around are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Haley effusively praised them, especially Jared, referring to him as a “hidden genius.” Ahead of the official statement on Haley’s resignation but after the news of it leaked, CNN had already floated the idea that Trump might want Ivanka in the job, noting that she has made many efforts to build communication between Trump and Democrats. And during the presser, Haley cited Kusher’s work on the new NAFTA deal, an international trade agreement the reworking of which involved not just diplomatic relations but negotiation. Hmmm. Or as CNN’s Jake Tapper said by emoji:
CNN’s Jake Tapper went off on President Donald Trump this afternoon for “turning Professor Christine Blasey Ford into an object of ridicule” last night. Last night at his latest rally, Trump mockingly commented on Ford’s testimony about her alleged sexual assault to a crowd that ate it up. Tapper highlighted some of those reactions and recalled what Ford specifically said about how she remembered the laughing from that night. Senator John Cornyn said such comments are not “useful,” and after bringing up his remarks Tapper said this:
“We don’t know if President Trump thinks it’s useful to ridicule a woman claiming she was sexually assaulted or if he just did it ’cause he thought it was fun. But let’s take a moment to reflect that the President of the United States believes it’s appropriate. There appears to be no bottom.”Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]