New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Wednesday claimed that President “Donald Trump is a brain-eating disease” and “is going to suck the brains out of so many reporters and columnists.”
“I find from a journalism point of view Donald Trump is a brain-eating disease. He does so many outrageous things on a daily basis,” Friedman told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
“It’s a real danger that Trump is going to suck the brains out of so many reporters and columnists because you spend four years outraged at him and you don’t learn anything, and he’s done so many outrageous things you can’t even keep track of them anymore,” Friedman said.
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He offered as an example Trump’s recent nominee to be the chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture. Sam Clovism 68, withdrew himself from consideration last Thursday, amid controversy over his lack of experience and previous controversial statements.
Clovis “shows such contempt for science and the department,” Friedman said. “And as a journalist or columnist you just sit there and say, ‘How can I not write about that, it’s so outrageous?’ And yet, if I write about it every week I end up not going out and learning or writing about all these other things.”
ABC News also reported that Clovis met with Robert Mueller’s grand jury and testified about his role in Trump’s campaign as a supervisor to George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, as part of the ongoing federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.