CNN's Amanda Carpenter: Trump Used Graves Of World War II Soldiers As A Prop, FOX News Helped

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CNN political commentator and former Ted Cruz communications director Amanda Carpenter ripped President Trump for remarks he made about Robert Mueller and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with FOX News' Laura Ingraham that took place on the D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France.

"You look at the shot, and what I see, just as an American, is a draft-dodging president who is sitting down with a woman who regularly defends anti-Semites, like Paul Nehlen, espouses white supremacist talking points, while using the graves of World War soldiers who saved the world from Nazis as a prop," Carpenter said.





JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: Here's President Trump just yards away from the graves of American heroes asked by his favorite channel about special counsel Robert Mueller, who is, not incidentally, a veteran of the Vietnam War, awarded a Bronze Star for Valor.

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LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS: Do you mind if he testifies still? Before, you said you didn't care if Mueller testified.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Let me tell you, he made such a fool out of himself the last time he -- because what people don't report is the letter he had to do to straighten out his testimony because his testimony was wrong.

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TAPPER: It's not exactly clear what Trump was talking about, even, since Mueller didn't testify.

But, either way, the president also had some choice words in the same setting, just yards from the graves of heroes, for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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TRUMP: But Nancy Pelosi -- I call her nervous Nancy -- Nancy Pelosi doesn't talk about it. Nancy Pelosi is a disaster, OK? She's a disaster. And let her do what she wants. You know what? I think they're in big trouble.

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TAPPER: Now, incidentally, when CNN caught up with Speaker Pelosi as she walked into Normandy and asked her about President Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexico, this was Pelosi's response:

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REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): I don't talk about the president when we're out of the country. That's my principle. So I won't go there.

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TAPPER: "I don't talk about the president when we're out of the country. It's my principle, so I won't go there," Pelosi said.

Now, it's really not that difficult to imagine what the response might be by both the president's party and his protectors on the Hill and in the media if a Democrat, a Democratic president had engaged in political attacks like that one on the D-Day anniversary, on the grounds of the cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

But beyond that is the reverence that needs to be shown to the men in that dirt and to their families and to all those who see meaning in their sacrifice, a sacrifice of their lives for a cause greater than themselves.

Now, to be fair to President Trump, he did deliver at Normandy, as I mentioned, remarks that some observers have said were among the best of his presidency.

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TRUMP: You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

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TAPPER: The question, of course, is whether the president undermined any of those sentiments by minutes later seeming to not fully comprehend the sacred ground on which he stood.

Let's talk about this with our experts here.

Amanda Carpenter, I want to start with you.

What did you make of that?

AMANDA CARPENTER, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: You look at the shot, and what I see, just as an American, is a draft-dodging president who is sitting down with a woman who regularly defends anti-Semites, like Paul Nehlen, espouses white supremacist talking points, while using the graves of World War soldiers who saved the world from Nazis as a prop.

That's what it is. And who made this call? Donald Trump didn't set up that shot. Laura Ingraham did it. There's a whole network behind it. There's lots of people who said, yes, that looks good. This isn't just one person's bad judgment. It's a lot of people's bad judgment.

And you don't have to put up with this. People need to say, this is not a good look. And so, you know, FOX News continues to lose advertisers and has liberals mount campaigns to have advertisers dropped from them. This makes it pretty darn easy.


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