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Kurtz: Press Stormy weather for president looks
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media focus on the Stormy Daniels scandal, the recent successes, such as the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States to ignore, and President of the Trump.
On Monday, the President accused of coddling of Vladimir Putin, are driven from 60 Russian diplomats, the largest number in American history, and that includes the Cold war.
Maybe Trump had enough after the apparent Russian poisoning of a spy in London. Maybe John Bolton is already whispering in his ear. The President, who coordinates his efforts with nearly two dozen other countries, not publicly scold Putin.
Trump says a lot of things, but in the end, actions usually speak louder than words.
The move was dutifully covered by the press, although it contradicts the soft-on-Moscow-narrative. But many outlets wasted return little time to their preferred line of the history of Trumpian chaos.
It was, of course, the Stormy Daniels saga. And despite a media backlash against the porn star and her lawyer for overpromising and rare, the huge platform of the “60 minutes” will help to drive the salacious story. Many journalists noted that Trump, can rarely attack will not remain unanswered, to respond to Daniels, while his spokesman repeated tersely that the President rejects their claims.
Much of the cable chatter, especially on liberal shows, was about the chaos on the Trump the legal team, the chaos in the response to the Müller-examination, and the broader sense of chaos in the White house. This is not after the chaos—to say the rush to nuclear war—allegedly created by Bolton’s appointment last week.
At one point yesterday, MSNBC this banner: “trump the Old strategy, His Only strategy, Because He Can’t find Qualified people?”
At the same moment, CNN this banner: “More-star-lawyers Refuse to Accede to Trump’s Legal Team.”
This is rooted in what happened after Trump’s top lawyer, John Dowd, his resignation from the treatment of the Russian probe. Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney in Washington, was known as a complement to the legal team, and then was accompanied by his wife and life-partner, Victoria Toensing, a former justice Ministry official. But that ended not happening, because it conflicts with other clients (together with the usual leaks about a little chemistry with the President).
After a couple of blue-chip lawyers, including Ted Olson, invitations refused, to join the team, the press was the story that Trump talent not to win. Obviously he has to eventually hire someone, but it is striking how even this gets blown up into a crisis, which—along with further speculation about whether he ‘ ll dump the VA Secretary and other helpers.
By the way, do you know how the press taunts always whacking trump for ill-considered comments and Twitter? He kept a low profile, at the Mar-a-Lago in this spring break week, MSNBC, another headline ran yesterday: “the trump card Remain Silent, As a New Controversy Embroiling the White house.”
Since Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, paid the $130,000 in hush money in the Stormy Daniels case, some experts say he could be considered, in the Müller-examination, what seems like a stretch (CBS says that “unlikely”). Müller has invited some of Russia information from Cohen, such as, for example, a request about a possible Trump Tower in Moscow, the never went anywhere.
Of course, the President sometimes creates its own complications when he vents, consultants, and friends. The New York Times reported that he was fired still in contact with Rob Porter, the staff Secretary, after allegations of abuse from two ex-wives, and Porter hopes to “get back to work in the West wing.” The sound-pigeons, of course, and the same piece quoted Trump as to tell people, he knows that he probably can’t get Porter.
Despite the appearance of constant chaos and confusion in this stormy age, Trump’s approval rating, the highest rose to 42 percent in a CNN poll from yesterday, in almost a year. He hits the figure in a AP poll. This is not a big number, but a significant improvement for a President who was presented as fundamentally flawed and floundering.
And Salon headline? “America doesn’t Hate Donald Trump so much As Last month.”
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.