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MSNBC Panel Mocks Trump’s Attempt to Fix Disastrous Putin Presser by Reading a ‘Hostage Statement’



During a Tuesday panel discussion, MSNBC analysts laughed hysterically at the White House press office for sending out talking points that stem from longer contradictory statements.

“For over a year and half, the president has repeatedly said he believes the intelligence agencies when they said Russia interfered in American elections,” the White House statement read.

Host Nicolle Wallace noted that there were four glaring examples she pointed to:

1. In January 2017, the president-elect said “I think it was Russia.”

The full statement, according to Wallace, reads, “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries.”

2. On July 6, 2017, the president said “I think it was Russia.”

The full statement reads, “I think it was Russia, I think it could have been other people in other countries, coulda been a lot of people interfered.”

3. On November 11, 2017, the president said “I’m with our Agencies.”

The full statement says, “I believe that [Putin’ feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies…”

4. On March 6, 2018, the president said “certainly there was meddling.”

The actual statement reads, “Certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and other individuals and I think you have to be really watching very closely.”

Wallace, who served on George W. Bush’s communications team, noted that she has written many talking points in her day and urged Trump’s staff to be smarter about it.

“So, a thing with talking points, when you’re pointing to a  report to a statement you made to bolster a point, you should assume they have Google and will find the rest of it,” she said.

“And when you’re reading from the talking points, you don’t read them like they’re a hostage statement,” laughed Rick Stengel, former under-Secretary of State.

The panel all joined together laughing out loud at the truth in the remark.

“But he’s done that before. This reminded me of the hostage statement he read after Charlottesville!” Wallace said.

“Yeah, he can never put the genie back into the bottle,” Stengel said.

“Because he doesn’t want the genie in the bottle!” Wallace exclaimed.

Watch their full conversation below:



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President Trump Claims Nonexistent Cohen Manuscript Exonerates Him



President Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump seems fixated on a book manuscript supposedly by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The only problem? No one has seen such a manuscript.

No less than four tweets posted by President Trump over the course of Saturday night and Sunday morning reference the existence of the book

In testimony last week, Michael Cohen was asked by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) if he has or will pursue a book deal. Cohen refused to do so, leading many republican lawmakers to claim that Cohen’s willingness to come forward was a ploy to to earn a high-income publishing contract.

Now, apparently, the president has gotten on board. One problem: what manuscript is the president speaking about?

Michael Cohen did, apparently, have a book he was working on in the past, while still a friend of the President, shopping it to publishers in 2018. The book, tentatively titled, “Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump” was reported on in February of last year.

While that book was certainly going to paint President Trump in a positive light, Cohen would clearly paint a very different picture today in light of his testimony.

Center Street did opt for that book, but plans for it were scrapped by May of last year. Rolf Zettersten, the publisher working with Cohen at the time, has said that he never received any manuscript from Cohen. 

Nevertheless, Trump seems to think that this apparently non-existent manuscript, a “love letter” to him, discredits Cohen entirely, as he once again claims to be the subject of a “witch hunt.”

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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Is Pence on the Chopping Block Next?



President Donald Trump has been asking in “one conversation after another” if his vice president, Mike Pence, is loyal to him, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times.

The subject has reportedly been brought up so many times that some of his advisers are starting to grow alarmed.

Trump has not openly discussed parting ways with Pence, according to the Times. But White House advisers told the publication that the questions could indicate that Trump has grown irritated with his vice president.

Hogan Gidley, the deputy press secretary, insisted that Trump “absolutely supports the vice president and thinks he’s doing an incredible job helping to carry out the mission and policies of this administration.”

The news comes amid reports that Trump is considering ousting his current chief of staff, John Kelly, and replacing him with Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers.

According to Politico, Ayers “enjoys warm relations” with his eldest son, Don Jr., his eldest daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

“Two White House officials who were skeptical this summer of Ayers’ chances of becoming chief of staff both said this week that they think Trump is now serious about wanting to tap him,” Politico reported.

Some people close to the president believe that Trump’s questions about Pence’s loyalty are “a proxy for asking about whether the vice president’s chief of staff… is trustworthy,” the New York Times reported.

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Trump: It’s Not Treason, It’s ‘Diplomacy’



President Donald Trump is keeping his treasonous performance next to Russian president Vladimir Putin alive by repeatedly talking about it. Much like the child who is never given constructive criticism so they are unable to process any negative input at all, Trump continues to defend himself from  bipartisan accusations of treasonous behavior.

And rather that try to understand the criticism so he can grow emotionally into adulthood, the billionaire baby is tweeting to defend the indefensible.

Yes, Trump committed and act of treason. No, he should never be forgiven for it.

But try telling that to the 71-year old “dotard,” as North Korea’s dictator has called him.

“I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin,” Trump lied.

When someone shoots you, and you encourage them to do it again, that’s not being “nice,” that’s being stupid.

“In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy. If I was loud & vicious, I would have been criticized for being too tough. Remember when they said I was too tough with Chairman Kim? Hypocrites!”

Trump also sucked up the North Korean dictator.

Some responses via Twitter:



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