CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Gloria Borger Left Utterly Perplexed By Trump’s North Korea Tweet: ‘New Level of Dysfunction’
Donald Trump‘s announcement that he will be lifting sanctions on North Korea that may or may not even exist continues to perplex, which CNN analyst Gloria Borger characterized as a “new level of dysfunction” for the Trump White House.
On Friday afternoon’s edition of CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin, both Borger and host Brooke Baldwin struggled to sort out Trump’s strange announcement. After CNN National Security Correspondent Kylie Atwood tried to explain Trump’s announcement, Baldwin asked Borger for her thoughts.
“My colleagues and I have been rushing around and trying to figure out who knew what when about this,” Borger said, “and it seems that this takes everything to kind of a new level of dysfunction that if the president can tweet something about his own policy on sanctions, and nobody quite understands what it means, how do you run foreign policy?”
“Aside from Sarah Sanders saying President Trump likes chairman Kim and he doesn’t think the sanctions will be necessary, well, they are already instituted, as Kylie said,” Borger pointed out, adding that “Treasury was surprised by it. National security staff were surprised by it. Makes you scratch your head and say, what is going on over there?”
Trump’s tweet incorrectly stated that “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” when what was actually announced (yesterday) was the designation of two Chinese companies under existing sanctions.
“I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump added in his tweet, which created the confusion that Borger and Baldwin expressed, and of current reporting is to be believed, the confusion that everyone in Trump’s administration appears to be experiencing.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
UPDATE –– 6:47 pm ET: Per the Washington Post, sources are now saying Trump was reversing “a future round of unannounced large scale sanctions expected for next week”:
Sources say Trump did not withdraw the North Korea sanctions from Thursday, instead he’s canceling a future round of unannounced large scale sanctions expected for next week. It was a major communications failure as a result of his ambiguous tweet
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) March 22, 2019
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