Biden Doesn’t Grok Trump

“Trying to figure out this man is sort of above my pay grade. I mean, I don’t get it. It seems to always be about him. Everything is about him or his political fortunes. Like this idea of making sure we delay getting the checks out till his name could be on them. For God’s sake, people are scared to death. They’re struggling just to keep their head not above water but just every once in a while above water.”

— Joe Biden, in an interview on Morning Joe, when asked about President Trump’s daily briefings.

In Trump’s World, Not Hanging His Portrait Is a Fireable Offense

“This ambassador that everybody says was so wonderful, she wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy. She wouldn’t hang it.”

— President Trump attacked former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on Friday, saying she was “not an angel” and claiming she refused to hang his framed photograph in the embassy in Kiev for at least a year, CBS News reports.

Schiff Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Whistleblower

“Let’s not make any mistake here. The president wants to make this all about the whistleblower, and suggests people that come forward with evidence of his wrongdoing are somehow treasonous and should be treated as traitors and spies. This is a blatant effort to intimidate a witness. It’s an incitement of violence.”

— House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) condemning President Trump’s tweets demanding to “meet” the Ukraine whistleblower as “a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses” and “an incitement of violence,” Axios reports.

Dean Finds Trump’s Disposition More Troubling than His Ignorance

“Even Nixon would be offended by this effort to use foreign assistance for a very personal, political reason, which is a very corrupting undertaking,” Dean said. “I don’t think Trump has any morals or shame. He will do anything to get re-elected before… It’s just the way Trump thinks. He doesn’t care. He will destroy anybody. I find him a deeply troubling character. When he first went in, I worried that his ignorance would get us in trouble. Now it’s his disposition that I find most troubling of all.”

— Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, quoted by the New Yorker.