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‘I’m my own strategist’: Trump declines to say whether he has confidence in Steve Bannon

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Donald Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he has confidence in chief White House strategist Steven Bannon, instead pushing back on notions the former Breitbart executive was instrumental in the president’s 2016 electoral win.

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told New York Post’s Michael Goodwin. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”

“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” Trump added, presumably referring to Bannon’s relationship with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose worldview is reportedly at odds with the alt-right media mogul. Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Bannon called Kushner a “globalist” and “cuck,” and insisted he could not work with Ivanka’s husband because he committed the sin of being a “Democrat.”

Reports on infighting among Trump’s inner circle frustrate the president, who reportedly insisted the pair work out their differences. The president is also reportedly eyeing another staff shake-up, this time involving Bannon. The White House originally denied reports, with spokeswoman Lindsay Walters arguing the notion of looming administration changes “is a completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration.”

Trump’s comments Tuesday that Bannon and others need “to straighten it out of I will” would seem to contradict the notion that the president has not considered making changes amongst his staff.

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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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Republican running against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had lavished praise on her great leadership

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Only one year after her historic victory over Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might face a challenger.

The New York Daily News reports that a Queens Republican who used to support AOC is mounting an election bid to unseat Ocasio-Cortez.

Scherie Murray is a Jamaican immigrant who lives in Queens. She runs an advertising company and identifies as a Republican, the News reports. Murray, in announcing her challenge, accused Ocasio-Cortez of seeking fame at the expense of her constituents.

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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