Jeff Zucker: CNN Will Not be ‘Intimidated’ by Trump’s Bullying

As the war continues between Donald Trump and CNN, Jeff Zucker says the network will not be cowed by the president’s intimidation. CNN has taken a lot of fire recently, both for their retracted story about one of Trump’s advisers, and for the controversial debate about whether the network is blackmailing the Redditor who created the CNN-wrestling GIF tweeted by the president. Zucker recently held a conversation with New York Times, and he talked about how the network faces increased scrutiny as it continues to get blasted by Trump and his supporters. “My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job,” said Zucker. “He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.” Zucker went on to speculate that Trump attacks CNN more than Continue reading "Jeff Zucker: CNN Will Not be ‘Intimidated’ by Trump’s Bullying"

‘This is Just Wrong’: Morning Joe Chastises Trump for Attacking Media on Foreign Soil

Morning Joe went after President Donald Trump for attacking the press as “fake news” during a press conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Responding to a question about his tweet of a video showing him body-slamming a CNN logo, Trump said that the network has “been fake news for a long time,” and has “been covering me in a very dishonest way,” noting that is “despite the fact that I made them a fortune with The Apprentice.” MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin said on Morning Joe that Trump’s media comments are not inconsistent with everything he has said in the past, but “the timing of it, on foreign soil, before a summit in a region of the world where the question of press freedom is still a really important one — no other president in our lifetime, probably, would ever say such a thing.” “Is there Continue reading "‘This is Just Wrong’: Morning Joe Chastises Trump for Attacking Media on Foreign Soil"

Scarborough Blasts Trump For Slamming U.S. Intel in Poland: ‘Nothing Short of Disgusting’

Barely a day after arriving in Poland, Donald Trump is already raising hackles among his domestic critics. Chief among them Thursday was MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. On the set of Morning Joe, Scarborough blasted Trump for disparaging American intelligence agencies on foreign soil. In response to a question from MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, Trump cast aspersions on U.S. intelligence agencies which suggested Russia had meddled in the U.S. election, and even brought up their very noteworthy failings during the run-up to the Iraq war. Scarborough called the comments, “nothing short of disgusting.” “I am certain that his foreign policy team didn’t prepare him that way,” said Mika Brzezinski with some disbelief. “That he’s riffing?” “As we’ve said before, you’re on foreign soil. This is remarkable,” said Scarborough. “For a sitting president of the United States to be on foreign soil. You can’t really underline this enough, and Continue reading "Scarborough Blasts Trump For Slamming U.S. Intel in Poland: ‘Nothing Short of Disgusting’"

John Avlon on Trump: ‘Tough To Be Leader of the Free World and King of the Trolls At the Same Time’

John Avlon had a colorful way to describe his pessimism about whether President Trump can handle international complications like a sensible diplomat. The Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN contributor joined New Day on Thursday to discuss the various topics Trump is likely to address during his G20 meetings this week. As New Day noted the political divide between America and China, Avlon mused that Trump has to be a “statesman” despite being “surrounded by bad options at all the hotspots of the world.” “It’s tough to be leader of the free world and king of the trolls at the same time,” said Avlon. “He’s gonna have to up his game and realize that the reality of what he’s dealing Continue reading "John Avlon on Trump: ‘Tough To Be Leader of the Free World and King of the Trolls At the Same Time’"

Trump Criticizes Russia, Calls for Country to ‘Cease its Destabilizing Activities’

President Donald Trump delivered a speech before a large crowd in Poland on Thursday, lauding the NATO alliance and badgering Russia for its interference in other countries and “support for hostile regimes.” Trump first noted that Poland’s “victory over communism” was supported by a “strong alliance in the West that defied tyranny.” “Now among the most committed members of the NATO alliance, Poland has resumed its place as a leading nation of a Europe that is strong, whole and free,” sounding less like campaign-Trump and more like a Brussels bureaucrat. Trump then praised the “transatlantic bond between the United States and Europe,” calling it “strong as ever, and maybe, in many ways, even stronger,” before noting that in the West we face “dire threats to our security.” The president addressed the threat of terrorism, noting that “our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of Continue reading "Trump Criticizes Russia, Calls for Country to ‘Cease its Destabilizing Activities’"

In Stark Reversal, Donald Trump Reaffirms Commitment to NATO: ‘We Stand Firmly Behind Article 5’

On Thursday Donald Trump eased a lot of jangled nerves by declaring in Warsaw that the United States stood firmly behind NATO and a united Europe. Trump specifically cited Article 5 of the NATO treaty guaranteeing mutual defense in his words. “I would point out that the United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment,” said Trump. The line prompted wild applause from Trump’s Polish audience who maintain a wary post-Communist relationship with Russia. The words didn’t come easily, however, and were couched in a defense of Trump’s zealous committment to forcing NATO members to contribute more toward the alliance’s defense costs. In addition to that, Trump also took a passing swipe at Russia, dinging Poland’s eastern neighbor and urging the country to “cease its destabilizing activities” in Syria and elsewhere. Trump and Russian President Continue reading "In Stark Reversal, Donald Trump Reaffirms Commitment to NATO: ‘We Stand Firmly Behind Article 5’"

Jim Acosta: Trump Held ‘Fake News Conference’ By Attacking CNN During Warsaw Presser

CNN’s Jim Acosta ridiculed President Trump on Thursday for essentially holding a “fake news conference” by pursuing easy questions at his latest press event. As CNN New Day addressed Trump’s conference from Poland, they noted how the president slid around questions about Russia as he attacked the “fake news” media once again. Chris Cuomo asked Acosta for his take on the presser, and whether he was surprised that Trump chose to invoke “petty political plays” on the world stage. Acosta grumbled about how Trump sought questions from David Martosko, a “friendly” Daily Mail reporter who gave the president an easy set-up to go after CNN. “For the president to go off on CNN as fake news, to me, made this spectacle feel like a ‘fake news conference,'” said Acosta. “This was not an attempt by the president to seek out a question from somebody who was going to challenge Continue reading "Jim Acosta: Trump Held ‘Fake News Conference’ By Attacking CNN During Warsaw Presser"