I joined Natalie Allen and CNN International on Sunday morning to review a series of developments around Donald Trump and his Administration.
We begin with the damage to Trump’s stability, as well as his political future, from former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s “flipping” to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Trump is apparently going around saying, Paul Who?
We glance at November’s mid-term elections — and Republican hopes that the state of the economy can rescue them at the polls — and the politics around the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice.
But the sting in the tail comes when I am asked about Trump’s comments this week demeaning the 2.975 people who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last autumn.
I’m going to drop objectivity for a minute here. Donald Trump has reduced a tragedy — more than a tragedy, a preventable tragedy in which thousands of people died — into “oh, no, no, no, they just perished of old age, nothing to see here”. He’s denigrated medical reports and said these are my political enemies.
We should honor those who died in Maria. We should try to pursue the recovery of Puerto Rico which has suffered for months because not enough was done. And we should not allow this to become cheap politics, even as we face another hurricane on the US East Coast.
Watch from 25:40: