In discussing Donald Trump’s noted “flip flip” over Syria, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen revealed to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the freshman president prefers images on TV or online rather than actual fact-based reports and journalism.
When asked about Trump’s abrupt change in direction regarding the war-torn country, Cohen inadvertently admitted how Trump’s addiction to media and “fake news” in fact influence his administration more than research and due diligence.
In their exchange, Cohen also admits his own misgivings regarding the hard-numbered facts on Syiran refugees, stating “ I don’t want to start talking about numbers. Numbers have not proven to suit me well.”
COHEN: When we were watching, whether it was here on CNN or any of the other stations, the Syrian refugees that were leaving, they weren’t the young. They weren’t the aged. They weren’t women. They were all these 19 to 25-year-old men that when they were walking to these makeshift homes in Germany that they put up for them, it looked like a military operation.
CUOMO: But those were selective videos that some people were putting out. The numbers tell a different story, women and children at the top of the list. Yes, you have young men, but those refugees are the same people that the president is saying he cares so much about.
COHEN: You certainly remember those visions of the men —
CUOMO: Yeah, the question is, why were people picking those videos? Was it misleading? The data would say yes.
COHEN: But maybe it wasn’t misleading. Maybe it was more of the reality, what was going on.
CUOMO: No, but the numbers, Michael, say it’s not the reality.
COHEN: Again, I don’t want to start talking about numbers. Numbers have not proven to suit me well.
CUOMO: Be your friend? Yeah, I know.
COHEN: Especially on this station.
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