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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.

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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.

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

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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.”

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.

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“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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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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