Conservative firebrand Glenn Beck sat down for an interview on CNN last night with Anderson Cooper to discuss president Trump’s recent pivots from campaign promises.
“My worst nightmare was that the President would … go down this populist ‘burn it to the ground’ ideology,” Beck said. “The good news is he’s not going that way.”
Following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, Trump sat down for an interview with The Wall Street Journal where he changed his stance on four different policies that were key campaign promises.
Trump reversed his stance on labeling China a currency manipulator, the Export-Import Bank, Janet Yellen’s future at the Fed, and NATO.
He explained the shifts as being necessary in order to bring China to the table, particularly with helping “solve the problem in North Korea.”
“But actually, it’s a very good thing,” Trump said in The Journal. “And it actually makes money — it could make a lot of money.”
Beck wasn’t buying any of that.
“The president is on the verge of beginning to look like another Republican who said stuff, didn’t mean it, and turned into Reince Priebus or Paul Ryan — and that’s not good,” he warned.
Trump’s recent reverses on policies made Beck reminiscence to a conversation he had with former president George W. Bush in the Oval Office the day President Barack Obama took over the White House.
“Candidate Obama said that he would just fly over the borders … and if he had to, he would bomb Pakistan,” Beck said. “I remember thinking, ‘My gosh, you don’t bomb an ally.'”
“And [Bush] pointed to his desk in the Oval Office and he said, ‘Don’t worry, whoever occupies that seat behind that desk … will quickly find out that their hands are tied and they’ll end up doing almost exactly as I have done.'”
“Who is he going to have left in the end?” Beck asked.
“He doesn’t have a core — he goes for the win. And that can be dangerous if things start to fall apart economically or in the world.”