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Nikki Haley Has Resigned

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned, according to a just-published scoop by Axios.

“Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, these sources said. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports.

While Axios does not state her reasons for leaving, there have been rumors Haley wants to run against Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

UPDATE: 10:23 AM ET –
Trump tweets “big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley.”

NBC News confirms, says Haley has told her staff she is resigning.

UPDATE II: 10:40 AM ET –
NBC News reports Haley will be leaving at the end of the year, and Trump has told reporters she is welcome to return at any time.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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Giuliani Makes Two Big Statements – Gets Immediately Slammed

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Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney who has a habit of making wild statements, only to walk them back later, or lie and say he never made them at all, has just grabbed the news cycle with two big statements. And he’s getting slammed on social media for them.

First, Giuliani has reportedly told CNN that President Trump’s legal team, in what should be a highly unusual move, reached out to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office over Buzzfeed’s bombshell article last week. Buzzfeed reported, and continues to stand by its reporting, that President Trump instructed his then-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

CNN says “Giuliani, who is Trump’s attorney, would not provide further details about what they said to Mueller’s office. Friday evening, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr issued a rare statement rejecting the central claim in the BuzzFeed article, that Mueller has corroborating evidence (including testimony from Cohen) indicating Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the deal.”

That’s not necessarily accurate. The central claim, many believe, in the Buzzfeed article is that the President instructed Cohen to lie to Congress.

Some on social media expressed concern.

Former federal prosecutor at SDNY:

Second, Giuliani has just released a statement refuting his bombshell remarks from Sunday, when he suggested or said directly that talks between then-presidential nominee Donald Trump via Michael Cohen, and Russia, to build a Trump Tower Moscow continued right up to Election Day.

Giuliani now says those comments were merely “hypothetical,” and suggests they were not based in fact.

But as MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin notes, “Giuliani explicitly told [the] NYT that Trump ‘recalls a series of conversations’ with Michael Cohen about the Trump Tower Moscow project during the campaign.”

Giuliani is know for road-testing positions, running with them, then pulling them back at the drop of a hat, making him a highly discredited actor.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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Prominent Former GOP State Chair Torches ‘Despicable Divider’ Trump for Racist Ad Attacking Dems, Immigrants

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Al Cardenas has some very strong words for President Donald Trump. A former Chairman of the Florida Republican Party and a former member of the Republican National Committee’s executive committee, Cardenas has served under two GOP presidents, including Reagan, and is well-known on cable news as an strong conservative.

That’s not stopping him from torching President Trump as a “despicable divider” over Trump’s new, intensely racist ad attacking Democrats and immigrants. The new ad, which Trump has pinned to the top of his Twitter feed, is being called “far worse” than the infamous 1988 Willie Horton ad.

“You are a despicable divider; the worse social poison to afflict our country in decades. This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America’s history books,” Cardenas said via Twitter.

(We urge caution if you choose to watch the ad, below.)

Cardenas is no moderate. In addition to his work at the state and national level for the GOP, he was the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU) which hosts the annual far right Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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