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Morning Joe: Trump’s inner circle reduced to ‘white nationalists and people who pathetically cling to power’

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Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Friday marveled at just how alone President Donald Trump finds himself, as more Republicans and conservatives have condemned his response to last week’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

In particular, Scarborough noted that even James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and the son of right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch, distanced himself from the president and pointedly said that no one should ever equivocate when it comes to denouncing white nationalists.

“This president is finding himself more and more isolated,” he said. “This very commendable letter by James Murdoch shows just how small this president’s inner circle is becoming, where he’s now surrounded by, perhaps, white nationalists and a few people who pathetically cling to power.”

Guest Juan Zarte agreed with Scarborough’s analysis, and he said that whatever political capital Trump still had was quickly being drained by controversy and scandal.

“He’s hurting his capital, his ability to maneuver, whether it’s domestically with legislation or internationally,” he said. “He’s diminishing his ability to operate.”

Guest Rick Stengel, who served as under secretary of state during the Obama administration, found himself amazed that Trump missed such an easy layup in the wake of Charlottesville.

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“The biggest gimme in politics is criticizing Nazis,” he said. “That’s a no-brainer, you can always do that successfully — and President Trump could not.”

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Trump fires back at reports on his lousy polling with accusation of ‘the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time’

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President Donald Trump started off his Saturday morning Twitter harangue by disregarding reports that his own internal 2020 polling shows him losing badly in key battleground states by saying things are great and that he is the subject of  "the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time."

According to Trump's tweet: "Despite the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time by people that are very dishonest and want to destroy our Country, we are doing great in the Polls, even better than in 2016, and will be packed at the Tuesday Announcement Rally in Orlando, Florida. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

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Trump just handed foreign governments a new way to meddle in US elections: Ex-FBI agent

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On MSNBC's "Up with David Gura" Saturday, former FBI agent and Homeland Security expert Clint Watts broke down the worst potential fallout from President Donald Trump's consistent attacks on the Russia investigation — and his recent claim that there's nothing wrong with taking political dirt from hostile foreign powers.

"If you are an investigator doing counterintelligence of our election in 2020 — you could be working at the CIA or the FBI — chances are you will be the one ultimately investigated if you push this forward," said Watts. "Would you want to run down a lead when you hear your boss is wrong, oh, by the way every FBI agent that touched the case going into 2016 has essentially been pushed out, fired, demoted."

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Trump isn’t a president, he’s a gangster

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The FBI had to wiretap mafia bosses like John Gotti and Vincent “The Chin” Gigante to catch them breaking the law. All they had to do to catch Donald Trump on Wednesday night was turn on ABC News. Trump proceeded to commit multiple felonies out in the open on national television when he told George Stephanopoulos he would be happy to accept dirt on his opponent from foreign governments in his 2020 re-election campaign.

"Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,' do you call the FBI?" Trump asked rhetorically. "It's not an interference, they have information — I think I'd take it," Trump said. "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.” He paused for a moment. “Oh, give me a break — life doesn't work that way."

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