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‘Basically chaos at all times’: Trump mulls ‘changes’ as yet another scandal engulfs White House

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Donald Trump’s White House is back in chaos mode Tuesday as the administration deals with the fallout from a bombshell Washington Post report that the president revealed “highly classified” material to the Russian ambassador and Russian foreign minister during a closed-door Oval Office meeting last week.

Despite pushback from the White House, the Post’s report has been independently corroborated by both the New York Times and BuzzFeed.

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According to Politico, after the maelstrom Trump initiated last week by abruptly firing former FBI director James Comey then inviting Russian officials to anOval Office, aides were hoping for a calm week at the White House as the president prepares for his first trip overseas.

But just as the dust settled from last week’s tumult, Trump faced yet another crisis of his own creation Monday night.

“It never stops,” one White House official told Politico. “Basically chaos at all times.” Upon hearing news of Trump’s closed-door Oval Office meeting, a former George W. Bush official simply replied, “WTF!!!!!!!”

One Trump adviser insisted the president’s disclosure of classified information occurred because the president “doesn’t really know any boundaries.”

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“He doesn’t sometimes realize the implications of what he’s saying,” the adviser told Politico. “I don’t think it was his intention in any way to share any classified information. He wouldn’t want to do that.”

Another said Trump often freewheels his conversations—fueled by emotion—”and then doesn’t realize what a clean-up job it’s going to be.”

But multiple reports indicate the president is aware his administration cannot continue in such turmoil.

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According to the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Trump spent Monday—before the Post story dropped—“phoning outside advisers, saying he knows he has to make changes but isn’t certain what to do.”

He is reportedly considering a massive shake-up to his administration. Encouraged by son-in-law Jared Kushner, those changes reportedly include shaking up his communications team and doing away with chief White House counselor Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

For the White House staff, officials told Politico they hope the president can avoid any major changes before he travels abroad Friday.

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“If we could get this trip done well, people would forget about the Comey stuff, and we could probably weather it,” one official said.
Still, as one official said, “It would be odd if President Trump wasn’t considering changes in a time of crisis.”


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The Internet pummels CNN for booking Lewandowski the morning after he admitted to lying on TV: ‘Why would you do this?’

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Corey Lewandowski admitted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had lied in TV appearances -- so social media users were appalled that he was booked the following morning to appear on CNN.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager was confronted with false statements he had made in appearances on MSNBC and CNN, where he was scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on "New Day," according to the show's executive producer.

COMING UP: Former Trump campaign manager @CLewandowski_ LIVE on @CNN's @NewDay at 8amET on yesterday's contentious hearing and impeachment.

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Trump exonerates himself in weird third-person tweet: ‘President Trump didn’t do anything wrong or illegal’

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President Donald Trump declared himself exonerated by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in an early morning tweet.

The president tagged Lewandowski, who testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, and "Fox & Friends" in a Twitter post reacting to coverage of the congressional hearing.

"As Corey Lewandowski stated very clearly yesterday in front of the House Judiciary Committee, President Trump didn’t do anything wrong or illegal," Trump tweeted about himself. "But they all know that. The Democrats are hurting our Country, and getting nothing done. Shameful!"

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‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as "rude" and "insolent" -- but her fellow "Morning Joe" panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.

Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus," Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.

"He was a mini Trump," Brzezinski said. "You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn't seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it's not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people."

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