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Trump calls Paul, Huntsman ‘joke candidates’

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Angered by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman slamming his December 27 debate, billionaire Donald Trump lashed back at the two GOP presidential candidates on NBC’s Today show Monday morning.

“I think most candidates are going to join, and I think those two candidates have zero chance to be elected,” Trump said. “I think they are joke candidates. I think they are doing very poorly, and certainly Mr. Huntsman is doing extremely poorly in the polls at 1 percent. And frankly it gives more airtime to people who have a chance to be elected.”

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While Huntsman’s numbers are still low, Trump’s comments on Paul being a “joke” look very hollow with Paul now surging in the Iowa polls, even edging out former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

This past weekend, both Paul and Huntsman announced they would slated to be moderated by Trump. The Texas congressman called it “beneath the office of the Presidency,” while Huntsman indicated he would spend the evening “watching Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich suck up to Trump with a big bowl of popcorn.”

Gingrich, who is a member Trump’s exclusive golf club in Northern Virginia, said he would attend the debate moderated by Trump, who hosts NBC reality show The Apprentice.

Trump also defended the former House Speaker when Today show co-host Matt Lauer asked him about Gingrich’s latest controversial comments on children of poor families being lazy.

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“It wasn’t maybe politically correct, but it happens to be the truth,” he said. “And I think one of the reasons – he’s surging like a rocket ship – is because of the fact he says it like it is. In terms of what Newt said, that’s the way it is.”

WATCH: Video from NBC, which was broadcast on November 5, 2011.

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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‘Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump’: Ambassador Sherman says the Kremlin must have kompromat

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Former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman concluded on Monday that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin must have "something" on President Donald Trump.

"The latest reporting from The New York Times indicates that the thousands of troops that we have there, that the president moved, are now trapped. They don’t have an actual way out since Turkey has cut off the roads and the exit routes that they might use and so now there is the question of will there be an airlift? How will we get the U.S. troops out?" MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked.

"We haven’t had to get troops out like this since the fall of Saigon," Sherman replied. "This is going to be very, very difficult."

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