CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd on Thursday slammed Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley over the administration’s threat to withhold aid funding from the United Nations.
The UN General Assembly voted Thursday to condemn Trump’s decision to officials recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel—prompting Haley to promise the United States “will remember this day” and hold the offending nations accountable.
Former CIA Director John Brennan broke his Twitter silence to slam Trump’s UN threat, calling it emblematic of “narcissistic, vengeful, autocrats.” Mudd’s message to Breann was to “settle down.”
“He was a great GIA director, I served beside him at the CIA,” Mudd began. “Settle down. Let me explain why: there’s a rare humorous moment here on ‘The Situation Room.’”
“We’re going to walk out when 128 countries—including the leading countries around the world—say, ‘You, the Americans, are a bunch of morons,’ and threaten them?” Mudd asked rhetorically. “You know what everybody else is saying, Wolf? ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’”
“Twenty-eight countries said we’re a bunch of idiots,” Mudd added, calling the Trump administration’s threat “a joke.”
“I don’t think we need to get excited,” Mudd argued. “I think the rest of the world is laughing at us.”
Asked by Blitzer if he thinks Trump will actually cut funding for nations, Mudd replied, “No way!”
“Not a chance,” Mudd continued. “… Do you think the president’s going to get on the phone and say because of one vote that’s non-binding in the U.N. we’re going to back down on our partnership with you as you kill ISIS partners in Egypt? That is not going to happen.”
“Let me be blunt here, Wolf: this is diplomatic prostitution,” Mudd said. “We’re telling people unless you vote with us, we’re not going to give you money, and if your heart doesn’t agree with American policies, we’re not going to support you in terms of U.S. aid.”
“It’s not going to happen,” he added.