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President Donald Trump urged Republicans to run on his "Make America Great Agenda" even though it cost the GOP control of the House of Representatives in 2018 followed by the White House and Senate in 2020.
Trump was interviewed on Monday by Fox News personality Sean Hannity, who started the interview by lavishing praise on the Florida retiree.
Hannity kicks off his interview with Trump with this hard-hitting question: "You are working as hard as you did wh… https://t.co/LrDp7lH2xR— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1618881123.0
Hannity asked if Republicans should continue the approach that cost them both chambers of Congress and the White House on Trump's watch.
"Should this now be the Republican Party agenda? Should anybody that wants to run for the House or the Senate -- should they take this "Make America Great" agenda and fight for those things that you fought for the four years you were president?" Hannity asked.
"If they want to win, yes," Trump replied. "We've expanded the Republican Party."
"If you want to win and win big, you have to do that," Trump argued.
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On Monday, Axios reported that John Sullivan, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, is refusing to leave the country — despite being "advised" by Kremlin officials to get out.
"Russia's foreign ministry announced Friday it would expel 10 American diplomats and bar current officials, such as Attorney General Merrick Garland, from visiting Russia," reported Jonathan Swan. "But the Russians didn't expel Sullivan. Instead, the Kremlin summoned him to meet with a top foreign policy official, Yuri Ushakov, who recommended he go back to Washington for consultations with Biden officials."
"Sullivan's view, according to people familiar with his thinking, is that if Putin wants him to leave, he'll have to force him," continued the report.
Russia imposed the expulsions in response to new U.S. sanctions on a number of the country's political and intelligence officials — a belated retaliation for the Solar Winds hack and military aggression in the Ukraine.
Also on Monday, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby warned about the size of Russia's troop build-up on the border with Ukraine.
"It is the largest buildup we've seen certainly since 2014, which resulted in the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kirby told a news conference. "It is certainly bigger than the last one in 2014."
The 1984 Democratic Party nominee for president passed away on Monday.
"Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93," the Associated Press reported. "The death of the former senator, ambassador and Minnesota attorney general was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited."
"Mondale followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981," the AP reported. "His own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan's popularity. Mondale's selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration that he would raise taxes helped define the race."
Reagan won the Electoral College 525-13.
"In 2002, state and national Democrats looked to Mondale when Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., was killed in a plane crash less than two weeks before Election Day. Mondale agreed to stand in for Wellstone, and early polls showed him with a lead over the Republican candidate, Norm Coleman," the AP reminded. "But the 53-year-old Coleman, emphasizing his youth and vigor, out-hustled the then-74-year-old Mondale in an intense six-day campaign. Mondale was also hurt by a partisan memorial service for Wellstone, in which thousands of Democrats booed Republican politicians in attendance."
Former President Jimmy Carter praised Mondale.
STATEMENT FROM FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER ON THE PASSING OF WALTER MONDALE https://t.co/W8EUe090mO— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1618881229.0
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