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McCain defends Netanyahu’s racial campaign ploy: Politicians can’t be ‘held to everything’ they say

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday lashed out President Barack Obama for what he said was a “temper tantrum” after Israeli Prime Minister used a racial ploy to get out his voters, and then seemingly revoked his support for a Palestinian state.

Over the weekend, the president told the Huffington Post that Netanyahu had not followed “the best of Israel’s traditions” when he warned that Arab Israeli voters were coming out “in droves.”

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“Although Israel was founded based on the historic Jewish homeland and the need to have a Jewish homeland, Israeli democracy has been premised on everybody in the country being treated equally and fairly,” the president said.

On Sunday, McCain insisted to CNN that the “president should get over it.”

“Get over your temper tantrum,” the former Republican presidential nominee quipped. “The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign.”

“If every politician were held to everything they say during a campaign, obviously that would be a topic of long discussion,” he continued. “This is one of the most Orwellian situations I have ever observed.”

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McCain agreed that the president “maybe shouldn’t like it” when Netanyahu revoked his support for a two state solution.

“It pales in significance to the situation which continues to erode through out the Middle East,” he insisted. “And it puts America at risk. Bibi’s rhetoric concerning an election campaign pales in comparison as to the threat, the direct threat to the United States of America of ISIS.”

And with regard to Netanyahu’s warning that too many Arab Israeli citizens were voting, McCain dismissed the outrage because he said that “politicians make statements.”

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“Israel is our most reliable ally. It is the only place you will see a campaign where statements are made by one side or the other,” McCain remarked. “You have to put it in perspective of this credible threat to the entire Middle East with ISIS on the march, with the Iranians on the march, with thousands of people being slaughtered.”

Watch the video below from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast March 22, 2015.

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Obama’s chief economist warns of ‘a very high chance’ Trump’s trade war could cause 2020 recession

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The former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama warned of "a very high chance" of Trump's trade war with China resulting in a recession -- "just in time for 2020."

Austan Goolsbee was interviewed by MSNBC's John Heilemann on Friday after the DJIA closed down over 600 points after the trade war escalated on Friday.

"Just give us, if you would, Austan, your sense of what has unfolded today and how bad it is," Heilemann asked.

"Yes, it’s terrible, I'm phoning from a bunker as we speak," Goolsbee replied.

"There hasn’t been a day like this in a very long time. Yes, the markets sell a lot but the fact we’re going to have an escalating trade war, the president of the United States is publicly declaring the head of the Fed an enemy of the state and, oh, by the way, 40% of the Amazon is on fire and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for pancreatic cancer," he continued. "If this is on a Friday, it makes it bad for Monday."

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MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’

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The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.

MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."

"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.

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On Friday, President Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade against China.

....better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019

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