Mother of All Distractions: New Day Guest Slams Trump’s ‘P.T. Barnum Foreign Policy’


CNN’s Chris Cuomo was hosting New Day on Monday, when one of his guests brought back the comparisons between President Donald Trump and 19th century master showman P.T. Barnum.

Cuomo spoke with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project, who wrote a recent column about how Trump’s recent activities regarding the Middle East and North Korea were part of his attempt to distract people from his failing policies. Hartung called Trump’s approach the “P.T. Barnum foreign policy,” saying the president was trying to project toughness without presenting any kind of long-term international strategy.

Cuomo pushed back on Hurting by asking whether Trump’s current strategy was just about sending a message to the world. Former brigadier general Anthony J. Tata followed up by saying that if there was any “distraction,” it was Barack Obama‘s “lack of interest in foreign policy,” that allowed international problems to escalate.

“Syria used weapons of mass destruction and President Obama drew a line in the sand and, as we all know, did nothing about it,” Tata said. “I don’t understand why we’re saying that President Trump is not acting decisively here.”

Hartung responded by saying “if you don’t have a diplomatic strategy to back [military action] up, you don’t get anywhere.” He went on to say it was a “pipe dream” to believe military threats would lead to international policy change, and that Trump is trying to differentiate himself from his predecessor instead of coming up with a tactical approach.

Watch above, via CNN.

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