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Kurtz: As a consultant to a Trump to throw under the bus
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on President Trump’s backtracking his comments during a Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As the scorching criticism of President Trump, the latest leaks close to to grow even hotter, that is an old and harmful patterns that repeat themselves.
The Washington Post reported that “everyone was to trump card”, pushed him hard to be on Vladimir Putin—and that he largely ignored, 100 pages of briefing-materials—it is reminiscent of a phrase that his own advisers coined for him for a long time.
As I detail in my book ” media madness, they call it “in spite of fault”, if he blows past his advisors’ urgent warnings, and says what he wants to say. This is what happens to Charlottesville (more on this in a moment), and inevitably leads to corrosive leaks from frustrated aides and allies.
Axios, for example, reported that a former senior White House official SMS wrote: “Need a shower.” And a former national security official said: “Dude. This is a disgrace a total [effing]. The President has lost his mind.”
These people are disloyal, and, of course, but the question currently is whether and how the White house can control, damage. Trump was not tweeted back down yesterday, that “the Fake message is Crazy,” about his meeting with Putin and the heads of government of NATO countries.
But not that “fake news” belong to all the people on the right side, the ribs of the President on Helsinki? The Wall Street Journal editorial page called Trump’s performance “a personal and national embarrassment.” The editor of the Weekly Standard, while not fans of Trump, he said, “brought shame on the presidency,” and called on the Congress criticism of him. And there was criticism of Fox News and Fox Business Neil Cavuto, Trish Regan, Stuart Varney, retired gen Jack Keane, National Review, Andy McCarthy and many others.
By the afternoon, though, Trump tries to return a partial walk-in. Reading from notes, he said, what would he say in Helsinki that he accepted the findings of the US intel agencies, that Russia interfered in the election—while hurrying up to it was to add “no collusion.” He said first that he knew what was the big deal. But it is stiff and not particularly convincing seemed, when Trump said that he had misspoken and had meant to say: “I see no reason why it would be Russia” that would be in contrast.
In the meantime, what used to be a kind of fringe theory is now being openly discussed, as in this New York Times-news analysis:
“His statements were so, the American policy divorce goals, in contradiction with the rest of his administration so inexplicable on so many levels that she brought to the surface, a question of the long Mr Trump shaded: Russia Does something to him?”
It is, it should be said, no evidence.
The media, the moral outrage reminiscent of what happened last summer, when a Charlottesville protest of white supremacists and neo-Nazis led to clashes, and in death, and Trump said, there is hatred, fanaticism and violence “on many pages.”
On the Monday after the bloody weekend, as reported in my book, the trump staff will have a do-over, but Steve Bannon wanted to warn the President, the script would be read, would, without enthusiasm, and the press dismissed the effort.
This is pretty much what happened after Trump said that “racism is evil” and the name of “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists group and other hate groups.” The Huffington Post declared him “Late to hate.”
The sounds familiar?
The next morning, during a routine press event that Bannon tried to stop it, Trump back in shape, said one side was “bad”, but the other side was “very Brutal,” and that some of the protesters were “very fine people.” A second fire-storm broke out.
The same might happen again?
In the end, Trump said what he said to Putin, because he reduced the documented results of by American secret services, the hacked Russia and disrupted the 2016 election, when the more personal attacks—the evidence is largely missing— that he, or his staff, in cooperation with the Moscow efforts. The let him vouch for the “powerful” denial of a murderous autocrat and created the current crisis.
Maybe all this will pass, as with so many other controversies, will show after a couple of polls that Trump has not wavered is the support at its base. But the image of Trump and Putin, the stage will remain indelible.
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.