Howard Dean blasts Trump's Saudi response: People don't think he's a 'legitimate president'

 
Dean, who chaired the DNC from 2005 to 2009, made the comments on MSNBC while discussing Trump's refusal this week to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
 
"I think people are beginning to understand that Trump does not represent American values," Dean said during the Thanksgiving Day discussion. "He doesn’t even really represent the values of most people who voted for him."
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"And so I think there is this — I think people don’t actually really consider Trump a legitimate president," he continued. "He was obviously elected and all this business, but he does not represent American values. George W. Bush did represent American values and our numbers went down as a result."
 
"Trump is so far off the screen about what people know about Americans that he is doing damage to our place in the world and our economic clout for sure."
 
Dean, who ran for president in 2004, blasted Trump's statement earlier this week in which the president made clear that he does not want Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month to jeopardize U.S.-Saudi relations.
 
"King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi," read the Tuesday statement from Trump, who also called Khashoggi's murder "an unacceptable and horrible crime."
 
"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information," the president continued. "But it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!"
 
The president said that "the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia" despite the murder of Khashoggi, citing economic reasons.
 
Democrats and many prominent Republicans condemned the president's position, arguing he was being too soft on the kingdom.