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‘Like an SNL skit’: Trump spokesperson crashes and burns on CNN — then gets destroyed on Twitter

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CNN viewers slammed Donald Trump’s senior press representative, Healy Baumgardner, on Wednesday for a robotic interview that was instantly compared to a skit on Saturday Night Live.

During a segment about Trump’s pledge to speak with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, CNN host Carol Costello asked Baumgardner what the candidate meant when he praised the dictator in January as “amazing” for killing his own family members.

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“Well, I think top line, Mr. Trump’s point is that he wants to keep an open dialog and repair relationships with world leaders,” Baumgardner said.

“But what was he trying to say in January at his campaign rally?” Costello asked again.

“Well, I’m not going to speculate on what he meant specifically by those points, but generally he wants to have an open dialog to repair relationships with leaders throughout the world,” Baumgardner repeated robotically.

At that point, The Blaze’s Amy Holmes stepped in to answer the question.

“I think Donald Trump was trying to project strength,” Holmes explained. “He’s complimented Vladimir Putin in similar terms… I think what Donald Trump was trying to do is sound like a strongman himself.”

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“Healy, you can’t give us any more guidance on this,” Costello said, sounding slightly dumbfounded at Baumgardner’s previous answer. “You are the senior press representative for Mr. Trump.”

“I am, exactly,” Baumgardner replied. “And what I’m telling you is that top line, you know, one of his biggest goals is to repair relationships with leaders throughout the world.”

“Okay, then,” Costello quipped.

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While the CNN host let Baumgardner off easy, viewers on Twitter were not as kind.

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White House adds 20 percent increase to ‘best case’ projection of coronavirus deaths

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The White House is moving the goal posts once again. Instead of taking drastic action, like asking every state's governor to mandate a quarantine to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it is quietly upping its projected death toll, just one day after stunning Americans with a six-digit death rate.

On Sunday President Donald Trump told Americans he thinks if 100,000 Americans die from coronavirus he will have done "a very good job."

On Monday Dr. Deborah Birx announced the White House is projecting 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.

Tuesday evening, the number increased 20 percent.

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Olympic athletes in ‘impossible position’ – Canada

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Canadian Olympic chiefs said Monday the health and safety of athletes had prompted the country's decision to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A day after Canada became the first team to announce its withdrawal from the July 24-August 9 Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief David Shoemaker said athletes had been left in an "impossible position."

With public health authorities urging individuals to stay inside to curb the spread of COVID-19, athletes had been caught between a desire to heed health and safety advice while trying to minimize disruption to training programs.

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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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