How Far Out on Limb is Trump With His Latest Routine “Hoax” Defense?
We begin with Trump’s M.O. in dealing with negative stories about him which follows the advice of his mentor Roy Cohn, deny, deny and deny and turn the tables on your accusers displacing your guilt onto them. With Trump dismissing the Russia investigation as a hoax, the Mueller Report as a hoax and the impeachment another hoax, now we have the intelligence briefing Trump ignored that Russia was paying the Taliban to kill American troops as the latest hoax. Aaron Blake, Senior Political Reporter at The Washington Post writing for The Fix where his latest article is “The only people dismissing the Russia bounty intel: The Taliban, Russia and Trump”, joins us to discuss how many senior Republicans in the Senate and House believe the intelligence and are concerned about it. Meanwhile today as Trump’s own National Security Advisor on Fox & Friends confirms the situation is serious enough that the military was alerted and that contingencies were being drawn up for how to respond, Trump is tweeting out “The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited New York Times has a source, reveal it. Just another Hoax!” We assess how far Trump is out on a limb with his ritual denials this time.
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