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WATCH: Trump hints Comey tapes may exist — because Obama wiretapped the White House

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When President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey and then sent out a threatening tweet warning him of potential “tapes” of their conversations, it set off a series of events that led to the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Despite this, Trump told Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt on Friday that his tweet threatening Comey was a political masterstroke that forced the former FBI director to tell the truth under oath — and for good measure, he hinted that recordings of his conversations might exist because former President Barack Obama has been wiretapping the White House.

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“You never know what’s out there when you see that the Obama administration, and perhaps longer than that, was doing all of this unmasking and surveillance,” Trump explained. “But when [Comey] found out that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else or who knows, I think his story may have changed, I mean, you’re going to have to take a look at that. Because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events.”

Earthardt then complimented the president on his savvy maneuver and suggested to Trump that it was “a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings.”

“Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that,” Trump replied.

Watch the video below.

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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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