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GOP heavyweight James Baker slams Trump’s foreign policy: ‘We have allies that are just scared to death’

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James Baker, the veteran Republican statesman, said President Donald Trump’s administration had gotten a lot more wrong so far than it’s done right.

In a wide-ranging interview with Politico, the former top official under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush criticized the Trump administration’s relationship with Mexico, Israel, NATO allies and the GOP-majority Congress.

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“We have allies that are just scared to death,” said Baker, who feared that Trump was trading away sanctions against Russia for “nothing.”

Baker — who served as Reagan’s chief of staff and treasury secretary, and then as Bush’s chief of staff and secretary of state — reluctantly voted for Trump, but he wasn’t impressed so far with his White House operations.

“The White House that they have constructed has a lot of chiefs,” Baker told the website. “In this White House, it seems to me, you’ve got at least four, maybe five, different power centers, so we are just going to have to wait and see how it works in practice.”

Baker has compared Trump to Reagan, saying he’d been suspicious of the former movie star-turned-president until helping him wield the levers of power in Washington — and he hoped the current president would also surround himself with establishment veterans.

“Ronald Reagan’s administration had a lot of people in it who had been there before, and we knew how Washington worked and what didn’t work,” Baker said. “Consultation and not surprising people is important if you want them to support the policy, and Ronald Reagan was very good at understanding that.”

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He urged Trump to recall the title of the book that established his reputation.

“The art of the deal is understanding what the political constraints are on the person across the table,” Baker told Politico. “That’s a really important relationship and we shouldn’t lose it.”

Baker wasn’t ready to write off the Trump administration as a disaster just yet.

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“It’s not unexpected you have these kind of kinks,” he said. “The important thing is you learn from them.”


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‘Where is this river?’ Kayleigh McEnany’s press briefing goes haywire as she’s pressed over bizarre Trump rant

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany struggled on Thursday to back up President Donald Trump's claims that several ballots had been found floating in a river.

The trouble started when Fox News Radio reporter Jon Decker asked McEnany to justify some of the president's wild claims being thrown around about mail-in ballots.

"The other day he said, 'They found a lot of ballots in a river,'" Decker began. "Who is they?"

McEnany claimed that the president was referring to reports that a bag of mail in Wisconsin, which included some absentee ballots, had ended up in a ditch.

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WATCH: Kayleigh McEnany rages at Fox News reporter for repeatedly asking the White House to condemn white supremacists

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A Fox News correspondent grilled White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany over President Donald Trump's refusal to disavow white supremacists.

The president demurred when asked to do so during the first presidential debate, and continued to equivocate when pressed again afterward, and White House correspondent John Roberts asked the press secretary to disavow those hate groups.

"I would like to ask you for a definitive and declarative statement without ambiguity or deflection, as the person who speaks for the president, does the president denounce white supremacists?" Roberts asked during Thursday's briefing.

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Trump just revealed his total lunacy to the entire world

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So what was happening while we were distracted by Trump’s debate performance?

First of all, his tax returns, publicized by the New York Times since Sunday, have taken a back seat to his support for the white supremacist gang the Proud Boys and his attacks on a peaceful election.

Second, coronavirus news is not getting the airtime it should. More than a million people around the world have died of Covid-19, including more than 205,000 Americans. Florida is seeing a surge in new cases since Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order allowing restaurants and bars to reopen. The Midwest is also in a surge, with record numbers of new cases in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kansas. Wisconsin hospitals are nearing capacity and South Dakota has the highest rate of spread in the country. Experts worry about a dramatic rise in cases as cold weather settles in.

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