CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo repeatedly hit Trump’s Communications Director Jason Miller on a simple premise Tuesday morning: on the campaign trail, you made such a big deal about labeling the enemy when it came to ISIS, criticizing President Obama for his refusal to use the phrase “radical Islamic terror”; why now are you so hesitant to call out Russia for what it is?
To be sure, the transition team surrounding President-elect Donald Trump is finding itself in a bit of a tight spot when it comes to Russian relations; the Washington Post reported on a CIA assessment last week that confirmed the Kremlin tried to interfere with our election to tip it in Trump’s favor, and the newly-named Secretary of State appointee is a longtime business and personal ally of Vladimir Putin‘s. Still, as Cuomo pressed Jason Miller on Tuesday, the soon-to-be administration has been recalcitrant to label Russia with the same level of concern as many others in our government.
“To borrow a line you guys love: ‘you gotta call the enemy what it is.’ Radical Islam, radical Islam, radical Islam,” said Cuomo. “You don’t seem to be talking that talk about Russia.” He continued, “Do you see Vladimir Putin as the enemy the way members of the U.S. government do?”
“I don’t think we have to view him as the enemy immediately,” Miller dodged. Cuomo pushed back to suggest that Putin is a very well known threat in the world to Miller’s objections that it would be foolish to not give the Russian president a clean slate from day one.
“The attempts to delegitimize President-elect Trump’s win is just silly,” Miller alleged, relying on the same talking point for deflection as the rest of the Trump team in recent days.
“I’m trying to get you to see Russia for what it is! You’ve got real blinders on about this,” continued CNN’s Cuomo. “Why are you defending Russia’s actions? That’s what makes this so suspicious.”
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