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Mike Opelka took issue with Brian Williams and Christiane Amanpour on today's "Pure Opelka" for implying the President of the United States is either stupid or immature.
On MSNBC's 11th Hour last night, host Brian Williams and guest Ali Velshi discussed President Donald Trump's impending NATO trip. The host asked Velshi what he thought of meetings being Trump-proofed, indicating they should brief and filled with illustrations.
Velshi focused instead on Trump's messaging and Vice President Mike Pence's visit to NATO ahead of his. Williams then turns to Rick Stengel.
He restaged the question, saying, "There's real concern that this is a president subject to flattery, wanting a close personal relationship after every interaction, that he could agree to things he shouldn't."
Stangel responded "He's very transactional on the one hand; on the other hand he's susceptible to flattery and personal relationship. Those two things have nothing to do with policy." He then discussed how the Saudis and Israelis are already ingratiating themselves to the president and predicted Pope Francis will do the same.
Amanpour said on CNN that, "we're already hearing reports that they're having to tailor the meetings to suit what they have been told about President Trump: a famously short attention span, someone who's always looking for reaffirmation and flattery."
She goes on for some time making value judgments about the way the NATO meetings are being set up, finishing with "It's fair to say that journalists and foreign leaders abroad have never faced and never encountered a leader of the United States that's quite like this."
Mike argued that every president is different and that it's clear MSNBC and CNN are pursuing a narrative rather than a story.
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