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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley: Russia is an ally ‘when they want to be’

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United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley told CNN’s Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump’s administration still considers Russia an ally.

“I want to get your reaction to new CNN polls out just minutes ago. Look at how Americans view Russia now compared to 2014,” Tapper showed Haley. “Forty-one percent say Russia is friendly. That’s almost double the numbers from three years ago. In 2014, 16 percent said Russia is friendly and now 56 percent of Americans say that. I don’t think it’s a mystery that President Trump has said very very positive things about Russia until about three weeks ago. This must alarm you that your party seems to have a different view of Putin than you do.”

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Haley swore it didn’t alarm her at all and that the president has stood an amazing job showing strength on foreign issues.

“We’ve said if we can work with them, we will, especially on terrorism efforts, we can do that, but if they do something wrong we’re going to call them out,” Haley said. “It means we work with them when we can and when we can’t work with them, we say the truth.”

Tapper asked Haley if Russia was a friend or an ally.

“I think Russia’s an ally when they want to be and they’re not an ally when they don’t want to be,” Haley admitted. “The days they’re an ally I will work with them.”

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to revoke Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee.

CNN reported on Monday that the Justice Department is investigating the possibility that Burr profited off stock trades by using insider knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This Sunday, President Trump fired off a series of tweets where he bragged about the "ratings hit" of his coronavirus briefings --  a series of tweets that one columnist described as an example of "complete amorality" as doctors, nurses, and other public servants put their lives on the line battling the spiraling pandemic. Writing for The Week this Monday, Joel Mathis contends that as the country reels from being turned upside down, Trump is "looking into a mirror, asking it to assure him that he is the fairest of them all."

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Scientific warnings are being ignored, misinformation is spreading, and prominent Republicans have said that addressing the problem is either too expensive or too difficult. No, this isn’t climate change: This is the new reality of the novel coronavirus, the deadly pandemic sweeping the planet.

Over the past several weeks, as global cases of COVID-19 have climbed to over 500,000, conspiracy theories and fake news have also been on the rise. On Monday a man died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate, an ingredient in an anti-malarial drug that President Trump had heralded as a coronavirus cure.

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