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Bernie Sanders: I avoid Trump so he ‘won’t use me for a photo-op’

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated at the People’s Summit in Chicago, Illinois how he will not allow President Donald Trump to use him as a photo opportunity.

Speaking with International Business Times reporter David Sirota, the most popular elected official in America explained his “nervousness” about President Trump.

“I’ve been in the same room with Trump, I’ve been invited to meet with him in the White House, but my nervousness about Trump is such that I certainly do not want to be used as a photo opportunity,” the Independent from Vermont explained. “If he wants to sit down and negotiate specific legislation I would be happy to do that, but I’m not going to be there just to get a photo opportunity and have it used for his advantage.”

The wide-ranging interview featured insightful questions, as Sirota once worked for then-Representative Bernie Sanders prior to focusing upon his journalism career.

“The reality of American society today not talked about in Congress or the corporate media is that we are moving toward an oligarchy,” Sanders suggested. “Our political system is entirely corrupt as a result of Citizens United.”

“You know, the oligarchs, needless to say, are not interested in talking about oligarchy in America.

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Senator Sanders made a case that Democrats need to focus on all of the major issues roiling Washington, DC.

“You can not ignore the fact that right now there is an investigation to look at whether or not Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in that effort, and whether or not Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey as FBI director,” Sanders reminded. “So the difficulty is, there are an enormous number of important issues. We got to deal with them all, but it’s not either-or. We’ve got to deal with them all.”

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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