CNN’s Baldwin: Trump’s ‘horseface’ insult was ‘calculated move’ to distract from Saudis

CNN’s Baldwin: Trump’s ‘horseface’ insult was ‘calculated move’ to distract from Saudis
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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday told her viewers that President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE calling adult film star Stormy Daniels "horseface" in a tweet was likely "a calculated move" to avoid responding to questions "over his own ties to the Saudis" amid questions about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Today as the president faces what one adviser calls the most consequential decision of his presidency, during his hours and hours and hours of executive time, the president of the United States decided to refer to a woman as a horseface," said Baldwin, who anchors "CNN Newsroom" on weekday afternoons.

"CNN reports that one White House official isn’t sure if he’s trying to distract from the Saudi Arabia coverage," Baldwin continued. "But the official says, 'Hey, it’s something he’s good at doing."

"Translation, why yes, this appears to be a calculated move to get us talking about something else," she added. "But the truth is, the pressure is mounting, a journalist is feared murdered, and this president still faces as decision on how to respond as questions grow over his own ties to the Saudis. That is the reality."

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Trump earlier in the day referred to Daniels as "horseface" and also said he would be going after Daniels for legal fees. A federal judge ordered she was liable for the fees upon dismissing a defamation suit she brought against the president.

"Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials [sic] lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees. @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas," wrote Trump to his more than 55 million followers. "She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!"

Daniels responded on Twitter by claiming Trump's insult showed his "hatred of women." 

The Twitter insults come while Khashoggi's fate is still unknown. The journalist, who has been critical of Saudi leaders, disappeared in the Saudi embassy in Turkey earlier this month. While the Saudis remain under suspicion for the disappearance, Trump has appeared to stand by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's denials.