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CNN host can’t believe her ears as Trump backer Corey Lewandowski lavishes praise on Putin

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Corey Lewandowski, the former Donald Trump campaign manager turned CNN political analyst, showered praise on Vladimir Putin and shrugged off concerns over his tyrannical rule over Russia.

Trump praised the Russian president Wednesday during a “commander-in-chief forum” and went on Kremlin-funded RT the following day to criticize American foreign policy and defend Putin from charges that he was interfering in the U.S. election.

Alisyn Camerota asked Lewandowski, who pointed out he was still receiving severance pay from the Trump campaign, why his former boss continued to praise the Russian president.

“You hear what Mike Pence said, that Vladimir Putin has had a stronger influence on his country than Barack Obama has had here,” Lewandowski said. “He’s been a stronger leader.”

Camerota incredulously asked Lewandowski whether he genuinely believed what he’d just said.

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“You believe that?” she asked. “You believe that Vladimir Putin is stronger than President Obama?”

Lewandowski doubled down, as Hillary Clinton supporter Christine Quinn looked on in stunned amazement.

“I think that for his people, Vladimir Putin has been a fighter,” Lewandowski said, “and what he has done for his people is to say, ‘Look, there’s an opportunity sometimes to work with our, what would normally be an adversary,’ and what Donald Trump has said was, ‘Let’s engage with Russia for a common goal, which is to defeat ISIS.’ That hasn’t happened.”

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Camerota reminded Lewandowksi that Putin is a dictator, and she asked whether Trump believed in locking up his political opponents and shutting down the free press.

“Look, I think Vladimir Putin has done some terrible things, and there’s been some speculation and conjecture of what’s taken place inside the Kremlin,” Lewandowski said. “What we do know is that, when there are times to work together to defeat the biggest crisis of our lifetime right now, which is ISIS, we should be working with our adversaries.”

Watch the segment posted online by Washington Free Beacon:

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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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