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Fox contributor praises ‘madman’ Trump: Nations thinking ‘this guy might be nuts is a good thing’

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Fox News contributor Charles Hurt on Friday praised Donald Trump for coming off “as a little bit of a madman,” extolling the president’s ability to seem “nuts” when dealing with rogue regimes including North Korea and Iran.

The Outnumbered co-hosts were discussing the comments Trump made Thursday that seemed to foreshadow an upcoming military engagement; speaking after a dinner with his top military officers, the president told reporters, “maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

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“Going back to the comment that Mr. Trump made, the guy is a master of theatrics, creating anticipation,” Hurt said Friday about his remarks. “But I think it’s genius the way he comes off as a little bit of the madman. If you’re negotiating with someone like Kim Jong Un or a Iran, having them really think this guy might be nuts is a good thing.”

Fox News host Lisa Booth reminded her co-hosts Trump “promised us on the campaign trail that he wanted to be intentionally vague because he didn’t want to tip off his hat on to what we were going to do as a country in dealing with these rogue nations.”

“What’s funny as it was reported not too long ago that Kim Jong-Un is trying to figure out Trump,” Booth explained. “He doesn’t understand him and he’s been reaching out to people through the United States saying who is this guy?”

“There are people with the North Korean government reaching out to Democrats in the United States trying to figure out how this president works,” Lisa Kennedy Montgomery agreed.

Trump declined to explain what he meant by that statement, instead telling his viewers “you will find out.” Politico’s Josh Dawsey reports of all the sources he’s spoken to, none can pin down what the president meant with that riff:

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Trump aide told investigators Paul Manafort began spreading Ukraine conspiracy theories as soon as DNC server hack was revealed

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On Friday, a new batch of documents recording the interviews former special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors held with aides to President Donald Trump was released, as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed News.

One of the revelations in the interviews with Rick Gates, who served as an aide to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was that Manafort began pushing conspiracy theories about Ukraine at the same time that the Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee became publicly known.

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Joe Biden takes on Trump’s rhetoric during racial justice crises: ‘The words of a president matter’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about the importance of a president's words and accountability during times of crisis during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

Biden was interviewed by Craig Melvin, who noted the protests tearing apart cities and asked where he would start if elected president.

"I start by talking about what we must be, making no excuses, talking about our obligation to be decent," Biden answered. "Our obligation to take responsibility, our obligation to stand up when we see injustice."

"Look, the words of a president matter -- no matter how good or bad that president is," he explained. "A president can, by their words alone no matter who they are, make it rise or fall, take us to war, bring us to peace. The words of a president matter."

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