CNN Tapper: Trump Giving Putin’s View — 'Almost as if He Is the Spokesman for the Kremlin'

Friday on CNN’s “The Lead,” host Jake Tapper accused President Donald Trump of giving Russian President Vladimir Putin’s view on the conflict in Venezuela during his comments this Friday afternoon. Tapper said, “One other thing that was interesting on the call today,

ABC's Karl: Sources Close to Mueller Say His Report 'Almost Certain to Be Anti-Climactic'

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl said his sources “interacting with” special counsel Robert Mueller’s team said Mueller’s forthcoming report was “almost certain to be anti-climactic.” Partial transcript as follows: KARL: What I am getting is that this is all building up to the Mueller report and raising expectations of a bombshell report. And there have been expectations that have been building, of course, for over a year on this. But people who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic. If you look at what the FBI was investigating in that New York Times report, you look at what they were investigating, Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation. He has been writing his report in real time through these indictments and we have seen nothing from Mueller on the central question of, was there any coordination, collusion, with the Russians in the effort to meddle in the elections? Or was there even any knowledge on the part of the president or anybody in his campaign with what the Russians were doing, there’s been no indication of

Dem Sen Merkley: Trump 'Almost Operating as Saudi Arabia's Agent'

On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) stated President Trump is “almost operating as Saudi Arabia’s agent or publicist or advocate, rather than America’s advocate.” Merkley discussed Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) tweet accusing the president of “being Saudi Arabia’s bitch” and stated that he wasn’t comfortable with Gabbard’s language, which “takes away from the fundamental point, which is that, in this situation, the president is really almost operating as Saudi Arabia’s agent or publicist or advocate, rather than America’s advocate.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett