CNN’s “New Day” hosts slammed President Donald Trump on Monday and implied he lacked empathy after the death of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.
Co-host Alisyn Camerota said they’d be speaking with McCain’s friends and family throughout the morning and co-host John Berman used it as an opportunity to criticize Trump. (RELATED: CNN’s John Berman Accuses Trump Administration Of Lying After Referencing The Bible)
“People with empathy, compassion and respect. On the other hand, CNN has learned that the White House drafted a statement for President Trump specifically praising Sen. McCain, but it was never sent out,” Berman said. “The Washington Post says the release called McCain a hero and talked about his service to the country.”
Berman said key White House officials wanted Trump to release the statement but claimed they were overridden by the president.
“Chief of staff John Kelly wanted it sent out. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wanted it sent out. Other aides wanted it sent out, but the president did not,” Berman continued. “He rejected it, the post says. Instead he sent out a short tweet that never mentioned the senator’s four-decade career in the Senate, nor his service and sacrifice in Vietnam. And he put out an Instagram post with a photo of himself instead of John McCain.”
Berman attacked Trump’s “smallness” and said the president’s feelings are not “reflective” of how others are feeling around the country.
“The president’s words and actions while predictable in their smallness, are not reflective of the depth of emotion being felt around the country,” he concluded. “The feeling of loss around the world and a sense of gratitude to a man who tried to make the world better. To the McCain family, we’re sorry for your loss, to America, we’re sorry for our loss.”
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