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‘It’s nuts!’: CNN’S Jim Sciutto slams Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ suggestion the US should take Iraq’s oil

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CNN host Jim Sciutto on Monday slammed Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States should have kept Iraq’s oil after withdrawing troops from the region, insisting the president’s statement was “ridiculous” and “nuts.”

During a speech to CIA officials on Saturday, Trump pushed his oft-repeated and demonstrably false claim that he was a vocal opponent of the Iraq War, while simultaneously suggesting the United States should have taken the nation’s oil as reimbursement.

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“The old expression ‘to the victor belong the spoils,” Trump said during a self-aggrandizing speech at the CIA. “You remember I always used to say, keep the oil! I wasn’t a fan of Iraq, I didn’t want to get into Iraq. But I will tell you, when we were in, we got out wrong.”

Trump argued he wanted to keep the country’s oil for “economic reasons,” but also argued the move would have prevented ISIS from rising to power in the region. “

Wolf Blitzer asked Sciutto for his “reaction to this whole notion about taking the oil.”

“You know, it could potentially violate international laws,” Blitzer noted.

“It does!” Sciutto replied. “It doesn’t ‘potentially’—we have to have a throw your hands up in the air moment. It violates international law, it violates U.S. law, it violates U.S. policy for decades.”

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“It’s just ridiculous,” he continued. “And it was a ridiculous statement at the CIA, and for the press secretary to not be able to walk that back …”

Blitzer reminded Sciutto the president “said there could be a another opportunity to take the oil.”

“It’s nuts,” Sciutto opined.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

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