Tapper Goes Off on Trump: He’s Said ‘Nastier Things’ About Me and Don Lemon Than About Putin
Jake Tapper’s lead on The Lead set up an important dichotomy when he compared President Donald Trump being upset over a leak that his advisers warned him not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the president’s implicit support of Vladimir Putin.
“We don’t know where it came from but the president is not being unreasonable in wanting those working for him to not share something so sensitive,” Tapper said. “The leak is a legitimate reason for the chief executive to be upset.”
“But one also might imagine that whoever leaked this perhaps might also be upset,” he continued. “Whether he or she was upset because the president didn’t read the briefing materials or because he didn’t heed them or because of the larger issue that President Trump to this day has said nastier things publicly about me, Don Lemon, Chuck Todd, Meryl Streep and the cast of Hamilton than he has of former KGB operative and current human rights repressor Vladimir Putin.”
“The Washington Post also report[ed] that President Trump chose to not heed talking points from his national security aides instructing him in his phone call with Putin to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil, the poisoning for which both the U.K. and U.S. governments have blamed Russia,” he added.
“So by all means, be outraged by the leaking and the inability of a president to fully trust his team,” Tapper concluded. “But also ask yourself: When it comes to this story, when it comes to Russian behavior and U.S.-Russian relations, and Russian cyber attacks against the American people and the inability of the millions of Russian people to have free and fair elections, or the attempted murder of a Putin critic on British soil, is the leaking really the most offensive thing going on here?”
Watch above, via CNN.
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