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‘Might be easier just to tell the truth and stick with it’: Tapper nails Trump’s ever-changing Flynn tale

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CNN’s Jake Tapper went all in on the Trump administration’s ever-changing story regarding the resignation of former national security advisor Mike Flynn, pointing out it “might be easier just to tell the truth and stick with it.”

Flynn resigned late Monday night after mounting questions surrounded his Dec. 29 phone call with the Russian ambassador to the United States, which occurred on the same day former President Barack Obama levied sanctions against the Kremlin for hacking 2016 the presidential election. Despite initially insisting he did not discuss sanctions with the ambassador—a claim parroted by Vice President Mike Pence—three separate reports published Thursday indicated the former general did indeed speak about the administration’s impending punishment.

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Speaking with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Tuesday, Tapper asked if he had made a “determination as to whether Flynn was fired or resigned because he wanted to resign,” noting reporters are “getting two messages from the White House.”

Acosta said the administration originally claimed it was not the president’s decision to let Flynn go; just this morning top counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, insisted Flynn “did not want to be a distraction and he tendered his resignation last night.”

“Something occurred and the White House determined that they felt the president was the one who had asked Michael Flynn to step aside,” Acosta told Tapper. “But clearly this is a huge contradiction in terms of what the events were that happened over the last 24 hours. Up until last night, we were being told that Flynn decided to step aside on his own … but that story changed today.”

“Might be easier just to tell the truth and stick with it,” Tapper replied.

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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Trump doubles down on ‘exploding trees’ being the real cause of California wildfires — not heat or drought

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President Donald Trump doubled down on his "explosive tree" idea as the cause of the California wildfires.

Speaking to Fox News host Mark Levin, Trump explained that trees apparently explode, but trees in other countries are far worse than U.S. trees.

"I meet with foreign leaders of countries, and they have an expression, 'Sir, we are a forest nation.' But they say, 'we have trees that are far more explosive than the trees in California. We don't understand how a thing like that can happen. You have to manage your forest," said Trump.

It's a similar claim that Trump made while in California last week, claiming that the drought, heatwave and global climate change wasn't the cause.

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There are still Trump White House staff secretly trying to save the US from Trump: Ex-National Security Adviser

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Former National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster appeared on "60 Minutes" Sunday and reassured the world that there are still secret members in the White House that are trying to protect the country from the likes of President Donald Trump.

Speaking to Scott Pelley, McMaster explained that he thinks the world now sees the United States as "weak and divided," something that Russian President Vladimir Putin has worked toward since 2016, according to intelligence reports.

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Trump’s campaign reveals just how very little money they have left

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Former Vice President Joe Biden announced that his campaign brought in a massive campaign haul during the Democratic convention last month ahead of the August campaign finance filing. President Donald Trump has attempted to keep his campaign numbers hidden with a late filing, and by Sunday evening it was clear why.

Trump's total haul for August, when he got a week's worth of free media from the Republican convention, was just $61.7 million. The campaign spent almost all of it, $61.2 million.

The campaign still has about $900,000 in debt. His cash on hand is just $121 million in the bank.

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