CNN Panel Lights Up Over Trump-Pelosi-Schumer Meeting: POTUS Brought in Cameras for ‘Power Play’ and It Backfired
Jake Tapper and his panel this afternoon sounded off on the remarkable back-and-forth between President Donald Trump, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in front of the cameras today.
Bill Kristol likened it to when you’re at a coffee shop and there are senior citizens at the next table who “love arguing with each other.” He said it seemed like Trump was able to “drag” the Democratic leaders down to his level, citing Schumer’s dig at Trump boasting about Senate wins in North Dakota and Indiana.
Amanda Carpenter gave Pelosi credit for how she handled herself during the meeting, but she was struck by these new reported comments of Pelosi’s getting in a dig at Trump’s “manhood.”
But as Tapper pointed out, Pelosi and Schumer ultimately received a soundbite that could “potentially haunt Republicans”––Trump saying he will take ownership of a government shutdown in the name of fighting for border security.
Angela Rye said that push isn’t about securing the borders, but about “xenophobic, racist, bigoted beliefs that he holds.”
Symone Sanders called the public nature of the meeting an attempt at a “power play” by Trump that backfired.
Kristol said at one point that he didn’t like seeing the White House as a “ludicrous stage for squabbling,” but he’s not sure Democrats end up winning here, even if Pelosi ended up looking “the most mature.” Whether or not the shutdown actually happens, Tapper pointed out that Trump is now dealing with Democrats in a position of strength.
Things heated up over the negotiations to come on the border wall, with Kristol saying what the Democrats should put on the table and Sanders noting, “Donald Trump has never been a good faith negotiator… It does not behoove Democrats to cave early.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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