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‘But Mr. President, He’s Dead’: Trump Tells Fox News It’s Not His Fault He Can’t Stop Attacking John McCain

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President Donald Trump appears to have given himself a diagnosis of John McCain-Tourettes Syndrome — and a Fox News panelist agrees.

During a Thursday panel discussion on “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” the group viewed a recent interview with Trump and Maria Bartiromo, who asked about the ongoing feud with the late senator.

“You spend a good portion of your time trashing John McCain. Senator John McCain is dead. Why are you doing this?” she asked.

Trump defended it by saying that he doesn’t spend “a good portion,” rather “it’s a very small portion.

“If you realize, about three days ago, it came out that he gave to the FBI the fake news dossier,” Trump said, explaining why it wasn’t his fault. “It was a fake, a fraud and paid for by Hillary Clinton. They gave to it John McCain who gave it to the FBI for evil purposes. That’s not good. The other thing, he voted against repeal and replace. He’s been campaigning for years for repeal and replace. I’m not a fan. After all of this time, he’s — think of this. Repeal and replace. We would have had great healthcare.”

As a fact-check, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act was only a “light” repeal, and there was no replacement, which could be why McCain refused to support it.

Bartiromo said that McCain can’t punch back, to which Trump said, “I don’t talk about it. You brought it up.”

“Just for the record, the president brought it up in Ohio on his own,” Fox News’s Cavuto said. “Nobody asked for it. He brought it up.”

Pollster Lee Carter said that Trump has no business bringing it up.

“There’s no real problem or retribution that he has. His base stays loyal. People defend him. When people go crazy, how can he do this, everybody digs in their heels and gets more protective of the president,” she said. “He gets away with it, and he needs to move on. This is one of those things the president accepts the president because of his policies and forgives the personality quirk. I would say, this is more than a personality quirk, this is a deficit, but he gets away with it.”

The host agreed but noted that these things get in the way of talking about the economy.

“Valid reason,” Carter said. “There’s a reason that we want presidents to act a certain way.”

Watch the conversation below:

 

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Democratic Louisiana Governor Wins Re-Election in Massive Defeat for Trump

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Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards won re-election in a highly contested high dollar race against a candidate who spent at least $12 million of his own money and had President Donald Trump at his beck and call. Edwards beat Republican Eddie Rispone, who Trump had personally campaigned for three times in the state in the past five weeks, and had promoted repeatedly on Twitter.

Calling it a “hard loss” and “a stinging rebuke” for Trump, The New York Times notes the president’s multiple visits to campaign for Rispone were “an effort to lift the Republicans and demonstrate his own clout.”

Bel Edwards campaigned on his record, which included expanding badly-needed Medicare, raising taxes to help fix the state’s budget, and giving teachers a pay increase.

Governor Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, “repeatedly used short-term patches to eliminate financial shortfalls,” The Shreveport Times reported in January. “They raided savings accounts, drained trust funds, sold off state property and delayed bill payments to keep the budget in balance amid tax breaks that siphoned away more and more money from the treasury.”

Earlier this week in Louisiana President Trump campaigned for Rispone, but appeared to be more interested in framing the election as a vote of confidence for himself.

Trump had recently backed Kentucky Republican governor Matt Devin for re-election. He too went down in defeat.

In Virginia Republicans, despite Trump’s support, lost massively. Democrats took control of both the House and Senate, giving them control of the State Legislature and the Governor’s office for the first time since 1973.

Pollster Matt McDermott summed it up Saturday night:

 

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State Dept. Official Testified Sondland Spoke Graphically to Trump Telling Him Zelensky Would Do ‘Anything You Ask’

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

“David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump’s conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do ‘anything you ask him to,’ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to ‘do the investigation,’” CNN reported Friday.

“”Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” Holmes testified. “I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So, he’s gonna do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to.’”

“While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” Holmes testified.

CNN also reported, “Holmes also confirmed Taylor’s testimony about the President’s thoughts on Ukraine, saying he asked Sondland ‘if it was true that the President did not ‘give a sh*t about Ukraine.’”

Holmes opening was also obtained by The New York Times.

“The official, David Holmes, testified privately that he was at a restaurant in Ukraine’s capital when he heard Mr. Trump during a cellphone call loudly asking Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, if Ukraine’s president had agreed to conduct investigations into his political rivals. Mr. Sondland, who was in Kiev for meetings with top Ukrainian officials at the time, replied in the affirmative,” The Times reported.

“Mr. Sondland did not mention the episode to investigators last month when he answered their questions in private. He will almost certainly be asked about it next week when he appears for public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. He has already revised his initial testimony once, admitting to the panel last week that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country would probably not receive a package of nearly $400 million in security assistance unless it committed publicly to the investigations Mr. Trump sought,” the newspaper noted.

The details of the exchange are vivid.

“Mr. Holmes described sitting at a table in the restaurant with Mr. Sondland when the president called. The president was speaking so loudly, he said, that Mr. Sondland held the phone away from his ear and Mr. Holmes and others could hear Mr. Trump’s voice,” The Times reported.

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READ: White House Finally Releases Highly-Edited Summary of Trump’s First Call in April With Ukraine President

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The White House, days after President Donald Trump promised, has finally released what appears to be a highly-edited call summary of Trump’s first call with Ukraine President Zelensky. The document clearly states it is “not a verbatim transcript,” and indeed, took the White House three days longer than originally planned to release the document.

The call, according to the document, lasted 16 minutes, yet spans just three short pages.

It appears to have been released in conjunction with the start of the House’s second open impeachment testimony hearing.

Read it below.

WH releases transcript of T… by Fox News on Scribd

 

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