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Trump tweeted Obama wiretap claims after aide slipped a Breitbart article into his reading pile: report

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President Donald Trump reportedly accused his predecessor of illegally wiretapping him based on a Breitbart News report slipped to him by an aide.

The Associated Press reported that an aide slipped the Breitbart News article, which alleged that Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, to Trump last week. The report was based on unsubstantiated claims made by right-wing talk show host Mark Levin.

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The aide, who wasn’t named by the AP, placed a printout of the report into the president’s daily reading pile, and Trump then tweeted out the accusation Saturday without offering any proof.

The White House has not given a clear answer on the evidence Trump used to justify the accusation, and the president has asked Congress to find the proof for him.

The AP reported on Trump’s daily routine, which begins before 6 a.m. with cable TV news and a stack of newspapers, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post and his favorite, the New York Post.

His aides also print out articles from other sources, such as Breitbart News, which was until recently headed by Steve Bannon, now the White House chief strategist.

These clips are assembled by junior aides, the AP reported, although senior staffers sometimes add articles they want the president to see.

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Trump often sits with his staff and marks up these reports with a Sharpie marker to direct aides how to respond to them.

The televisions stay on all day in the West Wing, the AP reported, and Trump watches news programs in the morning, at lunch and most of the evening.

He frequently tweets out information gathered from TV news programs as he watches them.

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CNN host goes off on Trump as COVID-19 surges: ‘The president is peddling debunked illogical crap’

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During a segment on CNN this Monday, anchor Brianna Keilar had some harsh words for President Trump and his response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, starting out by saying that the U.S. is "losing its battle" against the virus.

"...the people who are supposed to be in charge of the national response to the pandemic instead are escalating their attacks on doctors," she said, pointing out that up to 60,000 Americans are testing positive for the virus, each day.

"They're doing this even though they won't mandate the use of masks which are proven to save lives," she said. "They're doing this because the President is continuing to make claims that the only reason the U.S. has a surge in cases is because of an increase in testing."

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WATCH: White House uses Fauci’s words to praise Trump – hours after trashing him

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Literally hours after providing reporters with a list of what an anonymous White House official called mistakes Dr. Anthony Fauci has made over the year on coronavirus, the White House turned the tables to use the veteran immunologist's words to praise President Donald Trump.

On Sunday in a statement to CNN the White House outlined "the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things."

Calling it a "new campaign of deception," CNN reported Monday morning that "the White House is trying to destroy the reputation of one of America's most respected public servants, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for telling the truth about how bad things are getting."

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FAILURE: Here are 470 ways Trump failed to protect America from COVID-19

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Crises have a way of sorting the good presidents from the bad.

Historians consistently rank Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt among the top three presidents for their handling of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II.

By contrast, the string of catastrophes that trailed George W. Bush, from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to his obliviousness to warning signs in the housing market before the 2008 crash guarantee that he will have a permanent place in the bottom tier of presidents.

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