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CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Tillerson presser was like a ‘hostage tape’ — he’ll be gone by Christmas

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Veteran newscaster and longtime anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning” Bob Schieffer said on Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s press conference on Wednesday was “more like a hostage tape” and predicted that Tillerson will vacate his post “by Christmas.”

Tillerson held the press conference to address a report by NBC News that he called President Donald Trump a “f*cking moron” at a meeting in a secure facility at the Pentagon known as “The Tank.” Secretary of State Tillerson — formerly the CEO of Exxon — never actually denied calling the president a moron, but insisted that the media interest is “trivial stuff.”

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“I think it’s going to be very difficult for the Secretary of State to continue in his job,” Schieffer said, “because it’s widely known in Washington that the president has simply lost confidence in him.”

The press conference on Wednesday didn’t help, he said.

“This was not like a news conference, it was more like a hostage tape to me,” continued Schieffer. “Why was he there? The Washington Post confirmed 19 sources — which is a new record for a number of sources.”

The consensus in Washington, he said, is that Tillerson is a “short-timer.”

“The word is he’ll be gone by Christmas,” Shieffer concluded.

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24 hours of embarrassing incidents culminate in #TrumpIsALaughingStock trending on Twitter

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President Donald Trump has already had a tough week.

It started Monday evening when HBO aired a widely-panned interview with Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan.

Monday morning, Trump appeared entirely unfamiliar with Yosemite National Park.

And then Trump had another one of his lie-filled presidential briefings.

All the fodder circulating resulted in the hashtag for "Trump is a laughing stock" trending on Twitter.

Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief:

https://twitter.com/jeremynewberger/status/1290833836587311104

https://twitter.com/egheitasean/status/1290768729286963201

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GOP operatives linked to Kayne West’s presidential bid in potential ‘spoiler’ effort: NYT

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There are questions as to whether Kanye West is running a "spoiler" bid for president to help re-elect his friend, Donald Trump, according to a new report by The New York Times.

"At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena," the newspaper reported.

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Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.

Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.

Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat:

https://twitter.com/LokayFOX5/status/1290832478865952768

https://twitter.com/davematt88/status/1290831071462875136

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