CNN’s “Overnight News” anchor and co-host Melanie Martinez joined the hosts of “The Lead” to discuss President Donald Trump’s response to CNN’s coverage of his firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his feud with the network.
Martinez, who hosts “The View,” said Trump’s tweet about the “fake news” network and its reporter was “the biggest dumb move” he has seen in his presidency.
She said the president was calling out CNN as “stuck in the 1950s,” and that the network had made a mistake in not taking the tweet seriously.
She also said that CNN was trying to “sell the president a fake story” by not showing it as the news.
Martez also called the White House out for the “dick move” that it was taking to try to get rid of Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian operatives.
She called the decision to fire Mueller “so cruel” and called it a “very cruel move.”
“I think it’s really sad, it’s a dick move, and it’s not going to be good for the president or his administration,” she said.
Martello added that she did not want to see the president “turn his back on a country that loves him.”
Trump was quick to respond to the news that Mueller was fired on Twitter, tweeting, “I just fired a Special Counsel.
He is a crook!
Look at his wife, they have divorce papers.
Martinez also noted that Trump’s tweets about the network and her were not new.
“He’s had a long history of trolling CNN and that’s been the story, but it wasn’t new,” she added.
“He was doing it all over the place.
And the fact that this is his Twitter account, it really isn’t news at all.”
She added that Trump “was doing it in an effort to discredit Mueller,” and it was “really stupid.”
“He was basically telling CNN he didn’t like what it was doing, but the fact is, he was doing what he had been doing all along,” Martinez said.
“The fact that he has now been caught on video doing it, it makes me feel a little bit better.”
She said she did have “some good moments” with the president, and that he was “one of the smartest people I know.”
“But I’m also a very human person,” she continued.
“I can tell you this: There’s a difference between a smart person and a stupid person.”
“If there was ever a time for the President to take a shot at somebody like CNN, it was in the last 10 years.
This isn’t that time,” she concluded.