Tom Friedman: Trump Is Eroding America's Moral Authority, "Deeply Disturbing"

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NYT columnist Tom Friedman joins the 'Meet the Press' roundtable to discuss President Trump's latest shocking behavior: accusing President Obama of spying on him.

"The fact that we have a president who engages in that is, to me, deeply disturbing," Friedman said about Trump.

He added: "There's a big difference between formal authority and moral authority. This president has formal authority. But every day you see him eroding his moral authority. And in the end, that is really going to hurt us."

THOMAS FRIEDMAN:This is -- waking up at 6 AM in the morning, tweeting out one of the most damning accusations one president could make after another, and then, as Dany said, then talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger, that is not--

CHUCK TODD: And he did 18 holes.

THOMAS FRIEDMAN:--non-presidential behavior. That is not adult behavior. That is juvenile behavior. And the fact that we have a president who engages in that is, to me, deeply disturbing. Because think about this. Now he's going to have to go to Europe very soon and interact with other European leaders, other world leaders. What would you think if you're a world leader going into a meeting with the-- "What do I say to this guy? What might he say about this meeting?"

He is everywhere we look. And we talked about this before. I quoted my friend, Dov Seidman, who makes the point there's a big difference between formal authority and moral authority. This president has formal authority. But every day you see him eroding his moral authority. And in the end, that is really going to hurt us.

CORNELL BELCHER: And it's like Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey. I mean it is-- and you have to wonder, is he playing us? Right? So we spend all this time talking about this, and it is like, you know, is he really bait and switch? Is he really sort of diabolical in the way that he plays us? It's hard to think, sort of, that this was not thought out. So is he trying to play the American public and the media like a fiddle?

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