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CNN’s Stephen Collinson wrote an analysis headlined, “Trump’s behavior raises questions of competency,” which focuses on President Trump’s rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Instead of using neutral sources, Collinson spoke to anti-Trump retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.), former Obama intelligence chief James Clapper, and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman (who exchanged favorable e-mails with the Clinton campaign in the 2016 campaign cycle, as exposed by WikiLeaks).

Here’s what Collinson quoted from Clapper:

“I have no idea what would motivate him to do that,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday. “To me, it’s bizarre and disturbing, particularly when I think of him doing that in the context of North Korea, where moderation, and temperance and thought I think is critical.”

Flake said the following:

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake last month fired off an explosive Senate speech in which he said that no one should stay silent, “as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters.”
On Wednesday, Flake said he was “flummoxed” at Trump’s latest behavior after reading his latest Tweets.
“It’s very inappropriate. Why? What does that get us? I’m having a hard time understanding it,” Flake said, adding that he would start a series of Senate speeches on Trump’s disregard for the truth.

Haberman agreed, saying:

“Something is unleashed with him lately,” said New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who wrote about Trump’s return to Birther conspiracy theories in on Wednesday morning.
“I don’t know what is causing it, I don’t know how to describe it,” said Haberman, who is also a CNN contributor.

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