President Trump’s May 21 speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia drew praise from an unlikely mainstream media source on Sunday when former “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer weighed in on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Schieffer began his conversation with guest host John Berman by outlining the president’s recent controversies and comparing them to Watergate, even going so far as to compare Trump’s dismissal of former F.B.I. Director James Comey to Nixon’s firing of the special prosecutor.
But when the former CBS host began analyzing the president’s Riyadh speech, the criticism shifted to praise.
“Today, you saw a very different President Trump. He actually sounded presidential,” Schieffer said. “You may agree or disagree with what he said but he sounded like a president. He laid out his vision. He called from help from those in the Muslim world. It was a much different kind of presentation.”
Schieffer even offered some advice for the president, to simply “pay attention to himself today.”
“The president doesn’t pay much attention to advice from others, but I would think if he’d just pay attention to himself today. This went over very well, mainly because he stayed on script. No tweets today, but a dignified speech.”
Although Schieffer still has “many questions” about the Middle East policies Trump outlined, he noted, “there are very few people who would disagree with me when I say he helped himself today because he didn’t sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off. He sounded like someone who had actually thought about what he was going to say before he said it.”
Making sure to agree with the guest host that he was indeed “not trying to normalize” Trump, Schieffer said that the president “kept ahold on the tweets, stuck to the script, and he sounded much different … this was a different presentation today.”
Watch the exchange below:
Schieffer’s careful words aside, his small concession still drew plenty of criticism on Twitter from people who believe that everything Trump does just has to be bad, no matter what.
On CNN, Bob Schieffer calling Trump "presidential" bcz he didn't "sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off". That's the bar now.
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) May 21, 2017
@ReliableSources Bob Schieffer was amazed by Trump's speech. Bob said Trump was presidential now. Bob is being very foolish and naive.
— Jamey R (@jrsicon2) May 21, 2017
— kj (@kjsd61) May 21, 2017
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