‘Presidents Get To Say What They Want’: Jeffrey Lord Defends Trump Calling Comey a ‘Nut Job’
On Monday’s CNN Newsroom, pro-Trump pundit Jeffrey Lord predictably defended the President’s reported “nut job” insult of former FBI Director James Comey.
“Look, he’s the President of the United States,” Lord emphasized. “Presidents get to say what they want in the Oval Office — good, bad, or indifferent.”
Anchor Poppy Harlow sparred with the CNN commentator over the remarks, which President Trump apparently made in the presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. She interrupted Lord as he continued his answer and wondered, “So you’re fine with it, Jeffrey Lord? Jeffrey Lord, you’re completely fine with it?”
The pro-Trump guest replied, “Sure.” Harlow continued, “You’re completely fine if the President in that meeting…called the FBI director that he had just fired because of — in his own words, at least partly to do with the Russia investigation — a nut job, saying that it would take the pressure off the investigation…That’s all okay because he’s president?”
Lord simply replied, “Well, the President gets to make those decisions.” The anchor interrupted again and asked, “But I’m asking you, does it concern you?”
The CNN commentator replied, “No, no. It doesn’t concern me,” and cited the infamous March 2012 hot mic moment where President Barack Obama revealed to the then-Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, that he would have “more flexibility” after the presidential election that year.
Harlow retorted, “I’m not talking about past presidencies. I’m talking about the current president.” Lord shot back, “No, we have to have the same standard, Poppy. Poppy, I’m sorry. We have to have the same standard for everybody — no double standards.”
You can watch the exchange between Lord and Harlow above, along with Errol Louis‘ response to the issue, via CNN.
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