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‘He actually sounded presidential’: CNN guest normalizes Trump for reading Saudi speech without ‘popping off’

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During a CNN appearance on Sunday, CBS News contributor Bob Schieffer asserted that President Donald Trump “sounded presidential” because he did not go off script during his speech to Muslim leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Today, you saw a very different President Trump,” Schieffer said following the speech. “He actually sounded presidential. You may agree or disagree with what he said, but he sounded like a president. He laid out his vision. He called for help for those in the Muslim world. He was a much different kind of presentation.”

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“This went over very well. Mainly because he stayed on script,” he added. “No tweets today, but a dignified speech.”

Schieffer went on to suggest that Trump “helped himself today” with regard to the investigation into Russia’s hacking of the U.S. election.

“He didn’t sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off,” Schieffer explained. “He sounded like someone who actually thought about what he was going to say before he said it.”

CNN host John Berman noted that Schieffer’s comments could be viewed as “normalizing the president.”

“You’re saying that because he met this very low bar for not sounding foolish, he was in fact presidential,” Berman said.

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“I’m not trying to normalize him in any way,” Schieffer replied. “I’m trying to do what reporters do. And that’s report and try to emphasize what I think was important.”

The Washington Post points out that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is unlikely to undo the damage he’s done by demoninze the Muslim world.

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The View’s Meghan McCain writes off John Bolton impeachment bombshells: ‘The title of his book is stupid’

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain ignored John Bolton's claims about President Donald Trump and instead focused on his forthcoming book's title.

The conservative co-host said she didn't trust Bolton, the former national security adviser, and questioned his motives in revealing that Trump had explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden -- which forms the basis of the impeachment case.

"I think the title of his book is stupid," McCain said.

Bolton's book, "In The Room Where It Happened," makes an apparent reference to a song from the musical "Hamilton," she said.

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Legal expert calls Susan Collins statement on Bolton news ‘weak tea’ – and drops bombshell: Chief Justice can issue subpoena

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Former American Constitution Society president Caroline Fredrickson has some harsh words for U.S. Senator Susan Collins over the Maine Republican lawmaker's statement on the John Bolton bombshell. Fredrickson also dropped a bombshell of her own, about the powers of the Chief Justice during an impeachment trial.

"It's less than weak tea, it's not even water," Fredrickson said on MSNBC Monday morning. She was referring to Collins' remarks on news Bolton's unpublished book reveals Trump personally told the former National Security Advisor in August that he wanted to continue to withhold aid to Ukraine to extort that country into producing "dirt" on Joe Biden.

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Washington Post reporter suspended after tweeting article about Kobe Bryant rape allegation

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On Sunday, Kobe Bryant — basketball icon, Philadelphia native, fluent Italian speaker and retired member of the Los Angeles Lakers — was killed in a helicopter crash in his adopted home of Southern California along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez, following Bryant’s death, tweeted a link to a Daily Beast article discussing Bryant’s 2003 rape case. And the Post has suspended Sonmez, according to Managing Editor Tracy Grant.

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