Brian Stelter: If Trump Were Leader of Another Country, We Would Say He’s ‘Not Well’


As the political world reacted with shock to President Donald Trump’s series of gobsmacking tweets on Tuesday — which included bragging about the size of his “Nuclear Button” and attacking the media — CNN’s Brian Stelter called into question the commander in chief’s fitness for office.

Appearing with Anderson Cooper, Stelter reacted to the president’s New Year tweets, and noted that Trump’s announcement of “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” came minutes after he threatened North Korea with his “Nuclear Button.”

“Madness,” Stelter responded when Cooper asked him what these tweets meant for the New Year, before arguing that at a certain point it is necessary to question the president’s fitness for office.

“I think we can apply a test to his 16 tweets today,” Stelter said. “If this were the leader of Germany or China or Brazil, what would we say, how would we cover these tweets?”

“We would say these are the messages from a person who is not well, from a leader who is not fit for office.”

CNN’s senior media correspondent concluded by noting he has reached out to Twitter to see if Trump’s tweet threatening North Korea violates the platform’s terms of service, as it “threatens violence.”

Stelter’s comments came the night his colleague Jake Tapper decried Trump’s flailing tweets as demonstrative of unstable behavior.

Watch above, via CNN.

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