Maggie Haberman Says Trump Disconnected From Own Officials: He ‘Does Not Want a Conflict With Iran’


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New York Times White House reporter, and CNN contributor, Maggie Haberman shared insights on the current conflict between the United States and Iran Thursday morning, and how the conflicted foreign policy approaches between President Donald Trump and his top administration officials may impact how this particular story may unfold. Amidst rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, reports have come from Tehran that Iranian military shot down an American drone, which has raised all sorts of question about just where this conflict is going, and if it will lead to what some see as an inevitable war. When asked how she thinks President Trump will respond to a provocation like this, Haberman first noted Trump’s comment to Sean Hannity Wednesday night, in which he aggressively tapped down any concern by saying to the Fox News host “Don’t worry about a thing.” She then Continue reading "Maggie Haberman Says Trump Disconnected From Own Officials: He ‘Does Not Want a Conflict With Iran’"

Maggie Haberman Says Trump Disconnected From Own Officials: He ‘Does Not Want a Conflict With Iran’


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New York Times White House reporter, and CNN contributor, Maggie Haberman shared insights on the current conflict between the United States and Iran Thursday morning, and how the conflicted foreign policy approaches between President Donald Trump and his top administration officials may impact how this particular story may unfold. Amidst rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, reports have come from Tehran that Iranian military shot down an American drone, which has raised all sorts of question about just where this conflict is going, and if it will lead to what some see as an inevitable war. When asked how she thinks President Trump will respond to a provocation like this, Haberman first noted Trump’s comment to Sean Hannity Wednesday night, in which he aggressively tapped down any concern by saying to the Fox News host “Don’t worry about a thing.” She then Continue reading "Maggie Haberman Says Trump Disconnected From Own Officials: He ‘Does Not Want a Conflict With Iran’"

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Networks Not Carrying Entire Trump Rally is ‘Unfair’ and ‘Shows a Lack of Class’


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Fox News’ Howard Kurtz attacked other networks for showing “a lack of class” by not carrying President Donald Trump’s Orlando rally live in its entirety like Fox News did. “Fox News carried the whole thing live, but MSNBC didn’t deign to cover a minute of President Trump kicking off his reelection campaign and CNN took two or three minutes and dumped out of it,” Kurtz said — then accusing MSNBC and CNN of showing a “lack of class” by not carrying the rally live and uncritically. “What I have to say about this is it’s a lack of class,” Kurtz said on America’s Newsroom Wednesday morning, speaking with Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith. Trump made little to no news in the rally launching his re-election bid Tuesday, deploying his rally staples of bashing CNN as “fake news” and attacking Hillary Clinton, who is not running for president in 2020. Continue reading "Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Networks Not Carrying Entire Trump Rally is ‘Unfair’ and ‘Shows a Lack of Class’"

CNN Cuts Away from Trump Rally After Trump Bashes ‘Fake News’ and Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks!’


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It did not take very long for President Donald Trump to take shots at the press during his big Orlando rally tonight. A few minutes into his speech, he called his 2016 victory a big defining moment in American history. Gesturing to the press, he said, “Ask them right there.” A massive chant of “CNN sucks!” broke out at the rally, and the president immediately riffed briefly on the “fake news” in the room. Trump went on to say it’s like the Academy Awards “went political and their ratings went down the tubes.” As he continued CNN cut away. Anchor John Berman remarked, “He was talking about a bright rosy future, but then quickly reverted to the same themes he’s been talking about since he began running four years ago today.” He noted that Trump briefly talked about the economy but it “lasted for about 30 Continue reading "CNN Cuts Away from Trump Rally After Trump Bashes ‘Fake News’ and Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks!’"

Jim Acosta Disses Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson: They’re ‘Not Willing to Meet Me in the Schoolyard’


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After firing a shot across the bow last week, CNN’s Jim Acosta is ramping up his attacks on Fox News, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. The White House correspondent is now suggesting his Fox News rivals receive talking points — even scripts — directly from the West Wing. Appearing on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Acosta tore into Fox News — likening much of its content to Cuban state television. “[At] certain hours of the day on Fox…it is very much a house organ for the president,” Acosta said. He added, “Have we ever witnessed a situation like that, where a network essentially just serves as an amplifier of the president’s message of the day? And to some extent, focused and fixated on the conspiracy theories that he spreads. That to me is very much the definition of propaganda and state TV.” Hewitt pressed Acosta — noting the Continue reading "Jim Acosta Disses Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson: They’re ‘Not Willing to Meet Me in the Schoolyard’"

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Announces Death of his Mother, Heiress and Social Icon Gloria Vanderbilt


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Fashion designer, icon, heiress, and famous mom Gloria Vanderbilt has passed away at age 95, her son Anderson Cooper announced on Monday. She was diagnosed with very advanced stomach cancer just a month ago. Cooper shared the news with his network home, CNN, along with a touching video obituary covering highlights of Vanderbilt’s larger-than-life story. “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms. She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife and friend,” said Cooper of his mother. “She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern.” “She died this morning, the way she wanted to — at home, surrounded by family and friends.” The CNN segment included clips of Cooper’s past interview of his mother Continue reading "CNN’s Anderson Cooper Announces Death of his Mother, Heiress and Social Icon Gloria Vanderbilt"

Brian Stelter Accuses Trump of Lacking Credibility: ‘Just Projecting His Own Biggest Weakness’


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CNN anchor Brian Stelter said President Donald Trump is constantly accusing the media of lacking credibility because “he’s really just projecting his own biggest weakness.” “Trump often hits the media for lacking credibility. He says the media has zero credibility. But it’s clear he’s really just projecting his own biggest weakness,” Stelter said on his Sunday show Reliable Sources. “When you don’t have trust, you don’t have anything. And most Americans clearly do not trust President Trump.” Stelter also discussed the incoming departure of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who he blamed for the “polarization of trust” in America today. Stelter’s panel also criticized Sanders, with Max Boot saying “Sara Sanders said that her legacy was going to be she was transparent and honest. In fact, it is that she was opaque and dishonest. She was a liar representing a liar.” CNN’s Sam Vinograd joked Continue reading "Brian Stelter Accuses Trump of Lacking Credibility: ‘Just Projecting His Own Biggest Weakness’"

Jake Tapper Forces Beto O’Rourke to Nail Down Position on Illegal Border Crossings: ‘Just to Get a Straight Answer’


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CNN’s Jake Tapper forced former Texas Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to take a position on repealing a law that criminalizes border crossings, taking O’Rourke from “I don’t know” to a definitive position in the space of two-and-a-half minutes. On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Tapper asked O’Rourke about former HUD Secretary Julian Castro‘s support for decriminalizing border crossings, and O’Rourke repeatedly tried to skate by without answering. Tapper noted that “Castro’s immigration plan calls for the repeal of a law that makes it a crime to enter the United States illegally,” and asked “Do you agree with that? Should that law be repealed?” “I don’t know if it should be repealed, Jake,” O’Rourke began, then added that “most of those who are arriving at our border right now, especially from Central America, are at their most desperate and vulnerable moment. Continue reading "Jake Tapper Forces Beto O’Rourke to Nail Down Position on Illegal Border Crossings: ‘Just to Get a Straight Answer’"

Jake Tapper Forces Beto O’Rourke to Nail Down Position on Illegal Border Crossings: ‘Just to Get a Straight Answer’


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CNN’s Jake Tapper forced former Texas Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to take a position on repealing a law that criminalizes border crossings, taking O’Rourke from “I don’t know” to a definitive position in the space of two-and-a-half minutes. On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Tapper asked O’Rourke about former HUD Secretary Julian Castro‘s support for decriminalizing border crossings, and O’Rourke repeatedly tried to skate by without answering. Tapper noted that “Castro’s immigration plan calls for the repeal of a law that makes it a crime to enter the United States illegally,” and asked “Do you agree with that? Should that law be repealed?” “I don’t know if it should be repealed, Jake,” O’Rourke began, then added that “most of those who are arriving at our border right now, especially from Central America, are at their most desperate and vulnerable moment. Continue reading "Jake Tapper Forces Beto O’Rourke to Nail Down Position on Illegal Border Crossings: ‘Just to Get a Straight Answer’"

Rep. Ilhan Omar Laughs at Trump’s Fluster on Foreign Dirt Comments: ‘Like When Your Child is in Trouble’


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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) laughed at President Donald Trump’s awkward attempt to backtrack on saying he would accept foreign dirt to help win an election, saying the president “reminded me like when your child is in trouble.” Omar was appearing with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) with CNN’s Van Jones, with the first question keyed to Trump’s defense of his comments indicating he would accept help from foreign agents in an election, then later saying he would turn over the information to authorities but only after looking at it. Jones opened by asking “Is Donald Trump begging for impeachment?” Schakowsky said yes, adding that she thought “it’s not part of a larger strategy because Donald Trump does not have any strategy.” “It reminded me like when your child is in trouble and then you know they’re trying to get out of that trouble and then they get themselves Continue reading "Rep. Ilhan Omar Laughs at Trump’s Fluster on Foreign Dirt Comments: ‘Like When Your Child is in Trouble’"

CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox


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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized various Fox News hosts for questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to do an interview with ABC News, arguing the hosts were trying to convince Trump to stick with his “safe space.” On her show Saturday night, S.E. Cupp was asking her guests about Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos where Trump suggested he would take information from foreign operatives if it was offered. Republican strategist John Brabender criticized the choice to do the interview. “People are not out there saying I want more Donald Trump,” Brabender said. “If I was at the White House, I would have said let’s give them access. … ten minutes of exclusive access is a lot of time with a president.” Cupp then played clips of Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize the choice to do an interview with Stephanopoulos in the first place. “They’re saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox"

CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox


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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized various Fox News hosts for questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to do an interview with ABC News, arguing the hosts were trying to convince Trump to stick with his “safe space.” On her show Saturday night, S.E. Cupp was asking her guests about Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos where Trump suggested he would take information from foreign operatives if it was offered. Republican strategist John Brabender criticized the choice to do the interview. “People are not out there saying I want more Donald Trump,” Brabender said. “If I was at the White House, I would have said let’s give them access. … ten minutes of exclusive access is a lot of time with a president.” Cupp then played clips of Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize the choice to do an interview with Stephanopoulos in the first place. “They’re saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox"

Mike Huckabee Fires Back at CNN’s David Axelrod for Comments on His Daughter: CNN ‘Pays People to Hate’ Trump


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Last night on CNN, following the news that Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House, David Axelrod reacted by saying she’ll be remembered as “the spokesperson for a habitual liar.” “In this job, she was called upon to choose between her fidelity to Trump and her fidelity to the truth, and she chose Trump,” Axelrod added, saying her legacy will be one of “defending the indefensible.” Fox News’ Martha MacCallum spoke with Mike Huckabee tonight and asked him about Axelrod’s assessment of his daughter’s legacy. “People that don’t like Donald Trump don’t like my daughter,” Huckabee responded. “I’m a little surprised this came out of Axelrod,” he continued. “He’s a better person than that. He knows better. And I’m really shocked and surprised that he would go there to that degree. But again, he’s a CNN contributor. What is he gonna do? They pay people to hate President Continue reading "Mike Huckabee Fires Back at CNN’s David Axelrod for Comments on His Daughter: CNN ‘Pays People to Hate’ Trump"

CNN Reports ‘Frustration’ in WH Over Trump Comments on Foreign Dirt: ‘A Difficult Few Days’


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CNN is reporting tonight that people within the White House are acknowledging President Donald Trump‘s comments about being open to accepting foreign dirt weren’t good, even if they think the blowback won’t be huge. Trump tried to walk the comments back on Fox News this morning, but CNN’s Erin Burnett tonight said there’s “frustration” at the White House over the controversy and that things have “been tough.” CNN White House Correspondent Abby Phillip elaborated:
“They acknowledge this has been a difficult few days in part because the president answered those questions, a series of questions posed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, about what he would do in that kind of situation. They acknowledged he didn’t answer those questions well. He created this whole firestorm for the White House that they have now spent the last 12 hours trying to clean up.”
However, aides said the fallout hasn’t been Continue reading "CNN Reports ‘Frustration’ in WH Over Trump Comments on Foreign Dirt: ‘A Difficult Few Days’"

White House Reportedly Considering CNN Political Commentator to Replace Sarah Sanders


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Steve Cortes A new report states that the White House is considering CNN contributor Steve Cortes as a potential successor to departing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Politico Playbook reports that Cortes was contacted about the job on Thursday by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s office. Cortes — who regularly appears on CNN programs including; Anderson Cooper: 360, The Lead with Jake Tapper, and Cuomo Prime Time with Chris Cuomo — served on Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council during the 2016 campaign and is now serving on Trump’s 2020 reelection advisory committee. The CNN contributor has been considered for communications roles in the White House before, and was even vetted for the job of press secretary in the past. Cortes declined to comment to Politico, and the White House did not immediately return a message from that outlet. Cortes is reportedly set to visit the White Continue reading "White House Reportedly Considering CNN Political Commentator to Replace Sarah Sanders"

CNN Head Jeff Zucker Makes Joke About Sleeping With Alisyn Camerota at Journalism Awards


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CNN head Jeff Zucker drew groans from an audience at a journalism award show after he made a sexual joke about CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr. According Barr, Zucker said during a speech, referring to the New Day host: “I was gonna say that I love waking up WITH YOU every morning, but I want to say that I love waking up TO YOU every morning.” Barr noted the joke drew groans from the audience. Also at the award show was Ronan Farrow, who called out Continue reading "CNN Head Jeff Zucker Makes Joke About Sleeping With Alisyn Camerota at Journalism Awards"

CNN’s John King: Trump Sounded Like a ‘Toddler That’s Been Caught’ With ‘Everyone Does’ Oppo Research


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CNN anchor John King said President Donald Trump explaining away his talk about accepting information from foreign countries to win elections sounded like a “toddler that’s been caught.” “This is one of his tricks and he’s really good at it. They all do it, and today if you read his Twitter account he’s like a toddler who got caught. ‘Everybody is bad. Don’t get mad at me because everybody is bad,'” King said. “When a foreign government–especially a hostile foreign government–is the source and contacting you in offering you help, that’s not oppo research, that’s a crime,” King said. Trump told ABC News that he would accept information from foreign agents and wouldn’t necessarily report attempted foreign interference to the FBI. “The FBI director is wrong,” Trump said before adding, “there’s nothing wrong with listening.” Trump insisted it was not election interference and characterized it as “oppo research. Continue reading "CNN’s John King: Trump Sounded Like a ‘Toddler That’s Been Caught’ With ‘Everyone Does’ Oppo Research"

George Will Says Trump Has Done More Damage Than Nixon: Ringing a Bell ‘That Can’t Be Un-Rung’


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Conservative writer George Will said on CNN Thursday that President Donald Trump’s misdeeds are worse than former President Richard Nixon’s, and that the commander-in-chief is normalizing abuse. The Washington Post columnist and ardent Trump-critic appeared on New Day Thursday to promote his new book, The Conservative Sensibility.  “Nowhere in this book, not once, do you mention the name Donald Trump. Why?” said CNN’s John Berman. “I don’t mention Charlemagne or Doris Day. This is a book about ideas,” Will snapped back. Berman then asked Will what he meant when he argues Trump is causing more lasting damage to the country than Nixon.

“Richard Nixon’s burglaries and other abuses of power were surreptitious,” said Will. “They were secret, and when exposed they were tidied up and we moved on.

“What Mr. Trump is doing that is damaging to the country is public and constant,” Will continued. “It is Continue reading "George Will Says Trump Has Done More Damage Than Nixon: Ringing a Bell ‘That Can’t Be Un-Rung’"

Trump Takes to Twitter to Call Out CNN’s Chris Cuomo Over a Tweet Typo: ‘is = if (Spell)!’


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President Donald Trump took to Twitter tonight to call out a CNN Twitter account for a misspelled word. No, seriously. Several people were a little confused when the president tweeted out “is = if (Spell)! Not like Chris.” So here’s what is going on. Trump responded to a tweet from Geraldo Rivera blasting Bill Maher for his comments about the president to CNN’s Chris Cuomo earlier this week. Rivera responded to a tweet from Cuomo Prime Time featuring a clip of Maher expressing concern that Trump “won’t go” if he loses in 2020.