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Fox News goes off the rails after Trump surrogate gets called out for calling Mueller probe a ‘fabrication’

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A Fox News panel on Tuesday devolved into a shouting match after a former Trump campaign official David Bossie got called out for claiming that Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government was a “fabrication.”

While appearing on Outnumbered Tuesday, Bossie argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions needed to appoint a special prosecutor to look into a years-old uranium deal that occurred under the watch of the Obama administration. At the same time, Bossie downplayed the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with the Russian government by claiming the entire basis of the probe was fiction.

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When Bossie falsely argued that the Muller probe had been going on for 14 months and hadn’t produced any evidence, panelist Jessica Tarlov called him out for misleading viewers.

“Why is [former Trump foreign policy adviser] Carter Page of pleading the fifth?” she asked. “Why is all this information coming out about [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort?”

Bossie then accused Tarlov of “conflating” actions taken by Page and Manafort before they were working with the Trump campaign with actions they took during the campaign — despite the fact that Manafort agreed to take a meeting with Russian nationals in June 2016 that was billed as an effort by the Russian government to help the Trump campaign dig up dirt on Clinton.

“It was fabricated, there is nothing to it,” Bossie said. “I was there at the campaign, I do know.”

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“Oh, so you know everything that happened?” Tarlov shot back.

Watch the video below.

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Trump aides desperately try to downplay ‘order’ to US companies to leave China

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Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday downplayed the idea of US companies being forced to abandon China any time soon, as an edict from the president ordering businesses to start looking for alternatives has been met with skepticism.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economics advisor Larry Kudlow took to the airwaves from France, where Trump is participating in the G7 summit, to smooth out tensions in the business community prompted by Trump's Friday tweet.

Trump said he has "no plan now" to bring US companies in line, and his aides quickly reinforced the message.

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Trump sparks confusion at G7 before doubling down on China tariffs

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President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy.

At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump announced a major trade deal with Japan and promised more of the same with Britain, once Brexit is done.

But the positives were overshadowed by a mix-up over his apparent expression of regret for the latest escalation in the US-China dispute.

"I have second thoughts about everything," he conceded to reporters when asked if he regretted his decision on Friday to ramp up tariffs on all Chinese imports, worth some $550 billion, in retaliation for Beijing's earlier hike of levies on US goods.

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Persecuted Christians eye long-sought freedom in Sudan

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Sudan's Christians suffered decades of persecution under the regime of Islamist general Omar al-Bashir. Now they hope his downfall will give the religious freedom they have long prayed for.

Deep within the maze of dusty alleys that honeycomb Omdurman, Khartoum's sprawling twin city, Yousef Zamgila's church is not visible from the street.

It is hidden in the courtyard of a friend's home and consists of a few iron benches, a pulpit and crosses hastily painted on pillars holding a corrugated roof.

"The previous centre got destroyed because we didn't have the right papers. They always refused... So we use the land of our neighbours," says the Lutheran reverend.

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