In response to the explosive Washington Post report indicating President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence information with Russian officials, CNN on Tuesday questioned whether Trump is even “competent” enough to hold his current job.
“Is Trump competent enough be President?” CNN’s chyron read.
Seriously. Here’s the proof:CNN/Screengrab
Just before that, CNN’s Poppy Harlow introduced the segment by rehashing New York Times columnist David Brooks’s latest piece, titled “When the World Is Led By a Child.” Brooks writes:
“From all we know so far, Trump didn’t do it because he is a Russian agent, or for any malevolent intent. He did it because he is sloppy, because he lacks all impulse control, and above all because he is a 7-year-old boy desperate for the approval of those he admires.”
What followed was a panel discussion with former GOP senator, Rick Santorum, and former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki trying to answer that question.
“Is the President competent to do the job?” CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked.
Santorum danced around the question a bit, saying he is “concerned” about the revelation but that it is a “manageable” situation.
It really wouldn’t hurt the media to simply cover stories involving Trump objectively — and the failure to do so in many instances could be why Americans’ trust in media remains stunningly low.