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White House Aides Now Regret Releasing Damning Ukraine Call Readout They Thought Would End Scandal: Report

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Aides to President Donald Trump who pushed him to release the damning readout of a phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are already feeling buyer’s remorse.

Just one day after the release of the readout, sources tell Axios that Trump aides sincerely believed that releasing it would put an end to the scandal that has engulfed the White House for the past two weeks.

Even though the president explicitly asked his Ukrainian counterpart to launch an investigation of potential 2020 rival Joe Biden, aides apparently believed that Trump would be exonerated because he didn’t specifically threaten to hold up aid to the country unless they did his bidding.

“It puts the whole quid pro quo to bed, but trades it for several other issues,” one administration official tells Axios, despite the fact that the readout itself does not disprove that there was a quid-pro-quo arrangement.

Related: Whistleblower: Trump Used a Separate NSC Computer Server to Hide Transcript Detailing His Extortion Efforts

Another source tells Axios that Republican lawmakers who got a sneak peek at the transcript similarly didn’t think it would be a problem for the president.

“The sense was that the transcript didn’t come close to living up to the hype Democrats had set up, and didn’t remotely approach impeachable,” the source explains.

Despite their confidence, however, support for impeachment proceedings only grew in the wake of the readout’s release.

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‘Total Failure’: Voters in COVID-Afflicted Texas City Go Off on Trump’s Pandemic Response

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The city of McKinney, Texas has traditionally been a Republican stronghold in the Lone Star state.

However, some voters in the city told CNN this week that they are completely fed up with the way the president is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Failure,” said local resident Greg Evans. “Total failure. His actions and lack of actions have exacerbated the effects of the pandemic on all Americans.”

“He’s not taking responsibility for anything he does,” explained Wanda Phillips, who will be supporting former Vice President Joe Biden this fall. “He always blames someone else.”

Amir Haddad, meanwhile, hammered the president for saying the virus would “just go away by itself.”

“Those are the things that really bother me as a citizen,” he said. “He really takes it very lightly.”

However, Trump supporter Cecilia Levings told CNN that many people are simply second guessing the president and playing “armchair quarterback.”

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‘So Are White People’: Trump Lashes Out at Reporter’s ‘Terrible Question’ About Black Americans Being Killed by Cops

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a CBS News reporter Tuesday afternoon, calling her question about Black Americans being killed by police “terrible.” He then repeatedly insisted that white people are also being killed by law enforcement, suggesting because of that it isn’t a problem.

“You said George Floyd’s death was a terrible thing,” CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge told the President in an interview outside the White House. “Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?”

“And so are white people,” Trump replied. “So are white people,” he repeated with indignation.

“What a terrible question to ask,” the president added, as he often does when speaking with reporters who are women. “So are white people,” he said for the third time, as if he were personally offended.

“More white people, by the way,” Trump continued, clearly aggrieved, and as if he were correcting Herridge. “More white people.”

 

 

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With ‘Possible Infection’: Report

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with a “possible infection,” according to CNBC.

She has been sent to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, the Supreme Court says in a statement, noting she had “fever and chills” last night.

Currently she is “resting comfortably” and is on intravenous antibiotics.

 

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