Rep. Schiff Takes the Gloves Off in Slamming Trump

And other moments around the Sunday dial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2018 2:15 PM CST
Rep. Schiff Calls Trump 'Weak' and 'Dishonest'
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference in Washington on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – Rep. Adam Schiff kept up his public feud with President Trump Sunday by calling him "weak" and "dishonest" on State of the Union, per CNN. "I have been briefed by the CIA. And while I cannot discuss the contents of the briefing in any way, I can say that I think the president is being dishonest with the American people," says Schiff of Trump's assertion that the CIA lacks evidence to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Jamal Khashoggi's death. Trump "feels that, by saying that we don't know or that the world is a dangerous place or everybody does it, he thinks it makes him look strong," adds Schiff. "It actually makes him look weak. It means that our allies don't respect us, our enemies don't fear us." Also around the Sunday dial:

  • Immigration reform: Trump "has gut-punched us on that a number of times," Sen. Amy Klobuchar says on ABC's This Week, per Politico. She says Trump has "chosen to weaponize" and "politicize" the immigration issue.

  • Staff failure: "That is a failure somewhere in the staff chain—that the president doesn't have the right to get to the people who are trying to reach him, and I don’t know where that failure is but ultimately that should be resolved," says Corey Lewandowski on Fox News Sunday about the failure of high-profile authors, including Bob Woodward, to reach President Trump for in-depth interviews, per Fox News.
  • Enemies? "I haven't seen their book yet … but language about enemies and treason about policies and politics is pretty warped, and I think most Americans think it's weird," says Sen. Ben Sasse on Fox News Sunday about a book by Lewandowski and David Bossie that says Sasse is among "enemies of the president," per Newsweek.
  • Mueller report: "I think the report is going to be devastating to the president," says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on This Week about the upcoming Robert Mueller report, per the Hill. "And I know that the president’s team is already working on a response to the report."
  • Climate change: "It is amazing to me that we have an administration right now that still considers climate change to be a hoax," Sen. Bernie Sanders about the latest US climate report on CBS's Face the Nation, per CBS News. "But this is not ... an issue where we can debate. The reality is real."
  • More Khashoggi: Trump "basically said, 'We've got an important relationship with Saudi Arabia, therefore we’re going to turn a blind eye to this," says Sen. Angus King on Face the Nation, per the Hill. "... I think it gives a pass to dictators around the world."

In other political news, Washington may—or may not—have reached an asylum deal with Mexico. (Read more politics stories.)

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