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‘He’s not a freshman – he’s the president’: CNN panel hammers Trump on ignorance of world issues

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It’s one thing if you’re a political candidate, it’s another thing entirely if you’re the president of the United States. That was the take Thursday night on Anderson Cooper’s political panel.

As president of the United States, Donald Trump has been forced into a crash course on nearly every single political issue he pretended to be an expert on as a candidate. As a result, he’s changed a lot of his positions.

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Kayleigh McEnany tried to claim that things have changed and with them, Trump also has changed. But Cooper challenged her on it, saying that nothing has changed, rather, it seems Trump has learned more information that prompted a change in his understanding on the issue.

“He has changed,” CNN’s Matt Lewis said. “I think he’s grown.”

Cooper explained that he wasn’t criticizing Trump. “People should change, but to pretend everything else has changed, it just seems hypocritical.”

Lewis said that Trump had the potential to change, despite being 70-years-old.

“He had never been elected it anything,” he continued. “It makes sense in the first 100 days you would discover and learn things and grow wiser. I’m pretty happy with the direction things are going if people like Bannon, that I thought was a negative influence, is being marginalized. You have other people like H.R. McMaster who replaced Flynn, that was a big trade off. But, look, I think he’s flipping in the right direction.”

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Former communications director for President Barack Obama, Jen Psaki was less forgiving.

“A lot of these positions are standard fare for Republicans and Democrats,” she explained. “We haven’t designated China a currency manipulator in more than 20 years. NATO and troops in NATO have been fighting terrorism for more than 10 years. A lot of this has been consistent. What’s stunning is the fact he is learning a lot about global affairs on the job. He’s not a freshman in model U.N. He’s the president of the United States. I think what we’re seeing over the last week is a really concerning lack of knowledge of a lot of these events and how complicated these issues are.”

You can watch the full panel below:


'He's not a freshman – he's the president': CNN… by sarahburris

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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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