Former CBS News "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer applauded President Donald Trump's performance on his first overseas visit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, saying Trump "sounded presidential" and not "like the guy at the end of the bar popping off."
Schieffer delivered the compliment on CNN's "Reliable Sources" with guest host John Berman. But before Schieffer offered his approval of Trump's actions, the former CBS host noted the problems the president still faces at home in the U.S. Specifically, the 80-year-old veteran journalist referred to the FBI and now a special prosecutor investigating any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"The parallels between this and Watergate are striking," Schieffer said.
He then quickly pivoted toward praise for the president and his speech Sunday in Saudi Arabia. Trump is abroad on a nine-day trip to four countries. Trump arrived in the Saudi capital of Riyadh early Saturday. After Saudi Arabia, the president will visit Israel, Italy and Belgium.
This is Trump's first time traveling outside of the U.S. since becoming president.
"Today, you saw a very different President Trump. He actually sounded presidential," Schieffer told CNN's Berman. "You may agree or disagree with what he said but he sounded like a president. He laid out his vision. He called from help from those in the Muslim world. It was a much different kind of presentation."
Schieffer later said: "This went over very well, mainly because he stayed on script. No tweets today, but a dignified speech.
"He didn't sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off. He sounded like someone who had actually thought about what he was going to say before he said it," the former CBS host said.
Schieffer said he still has "many questions" about Trump's Middle East policies, but acknowledged, "there are very few people who would disagree with me when I say he helped himself today."