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Exasperated Jake Tapper wonders why it’s easier for Trump to criticize anyone but ‘these actual Nazis’

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday seemed unable to grasp why Donald Trump, a man who prides himself on “[calling] them as sees them,” can’t seem to call avowed white supremacists “Nazis.”

“That’s how he rolls,” Tapper said of Trump’s “call-‘em-like-I-see ‘em” approach. “Indeed a reel of his public statements and Twitter archive are a gold mine of attacks against those whose behavior of which he disapproves.”

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“There’s seemingly no one immune to the president’s ire,” Tapper said. “There are two exceptions of course, Vladimir Putin and it would seem white supremacists. The president seems to struggle when called on to specifically and unequivocally criticize those groups.”

“We’re all left to wonder why did it take so long?” Tapper asked of Trump’s statement Monday finally condemning white supremacy.

Turning to Trump’s prompt criticism of former White House manufacturing council member Ken Frazier, Tapper asked, “Is it easier for President Trump to criticize Ken Frazier than it is to criticize the Klan? Easier for him to attack U.S. intelligence agencies?”

“Why is it easier to suggest U.S. intelligence operatives are behaving like Nazis than to call these actual Nazis ‘Nazis’?” Tapper wondered.

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Here are the six most absurd things Trump just said in his unhinged Wednesday press conference

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President Donald Trump unloaded a whole lot of crazy during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump attacked America's allies in the Middle East, his own political allies on Capitol Hill and repeated talking points used by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

Here are six of the most absurd things from the press conference.

Trump proved he has no idea what's happening

During the press conference, Trump claimed his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria was "strategically brilliant."

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Trump’s capitulation cheered on Russian TV: Ambassador McFaul says ‘they are joyous in Moscow’

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America's former ambassador to Russia explained how their state media is celebrating President Donald Trump's capitulation in Ukraine and Syria.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed Wednesday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"How do you think this should play out, now that they are assembling step-by-step insider accounts with people who are bravely stepping forward, some giving up their careers, Mike McKinley and others having had to quit over this," Mitchell noted. "How do you think this plays out legally or in terms of the politics of impeachment?"

"Well, legally, I’ll defer to others who are more expert. I think what it does underscore is how grossly inept and just broken down the Trump foreign policymaking process is," McFaul replied.

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Feds investigating whether Rudy Giuliani was a victim of foreign spy effort targeting Trump

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President Donald Trump's defense attorney is not only a subject in a criminal investigation, but is also part of a counterintelligence probe into whether he was compromised by a foreign power, CNN reported Wednesday.

This is an investigation that goes far longer and back further than we realized and also that it’s much broader than we initially thought," CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Pérez reported.

"One of the things we’re getting a picture of, a better picture of is this involves not only Giuliani’s financial entanglements with allegedly corrupt Ukrainian figures but also counterintelligence angle is there to this and the idea that perhaps Rudy Giuliani and some of his business dealings were part of essentially an influence operation, a foreign influence operation with a target being the Trump White House," he reported.

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