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Even Sean Hannity thinks Reza Aslan got a raw deal from CNN

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday defended former CNN host Reza Aslan, arguing the network should not have fired him after calling Donald Trump “a piece of sh*t.”

“Reza calling the @POTUS a POS is bad form,” Hannity wrote. “Calling me the same fair game. I do not think you should be fired. You apologized #FreeSpeech”

Aslan made the remark on Twitter in response to Trump using the London Bridge attack as fodder for his travel ban.

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“This piece of sh*t is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind,” Aslan wrote.

In a subsequent statement, Aslan said apologized for his post. “I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words,” he said.

Friday, CNN released a statement saying the network has “decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan. We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”

Aslan responded to that statement, saying he’s “disappointed” in CNN’s decision, but understands the network “needs to protect its brand.”

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“Obviously I am very disappointed in this decision,” Aslan wrote. “’Believer’ means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached. Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now. I am deeply grateful to CNN for giving me the opportunity to launch the show and to amplify my voice on their network. “

“In these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated, and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet,” Aslan continued. “Similarly, I need to honor my voice. I am not a journalist. I am a social commentator and scholar. And so I agree with CNN that it is best that we part ways. I look forward to partnering with another platform in the future to continue to spread my message. I wish CNN all the best.”

Last month, CNN fired Kathy Griffin over her gruesome image of a bloody, decapitated Trump head. Hannity offered no such support for the comedian.

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Canada is taking advantage of Trump’s tariff pratfalls by scooping up new trade partners: report

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As American manufacturers reel and U.S. farmers see their economic well-being being destroyed by Donald Trump's trade wars, the Canadian government is stepping into the breach and boosting their own trade relations, reports Politico.

As part of their Global Translations podcast, Politico notes that countries -- and manufacturers -- are not standing by helplessly as Trump threatens and changes directions on trade on almost a daily basis.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump was ‘serious’ about accepting foreign help: Jerry Nadler

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told Congress on Wednesday that President Donald Trump really does welcome foreign assistance to help him win elections, according to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

In a statement released Thursday, Nadler revealed that "Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the President to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections" and "she also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI."

Nadler then put Hicks's testimony in the broader context of Trump telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last week that he would welcome the help of a foreign government who came to him and offered him dirt on a political opponent.

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‘It’s a disaster — and it’s getting worse’: House GOP members in a frenzy over 2020 prospects as fundraising flounders

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According to a report in Politico, GOP House members are angry with their own National Republican Congressional Committee, claiming it is doing a poor job of fundraising and is making horrible decisions that could impact the party in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The reports states that Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) was forced to attempt to calm the waters at private caucus meeting Wednesday and allay members' fears by saying the internal problems were being inflated by Democrats and the press.

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