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Trump told aides to portray him to foreign leaders as ‘crazy guy’ who is erratic and unpredictable

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President Donald Trump said in an Oval Office meeting in September that he wanted aides to describe him to South Korean leaders as being “so crazy” that he could pull out of a longstanding U.S.-Korean trade deal and make erratic, unpredictable moves at any time.

Jonathan Swan of Axios.com reported Sunday night that sources present for the discussion confirmed that Trump told trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer to go into negotiations with South Korea portraying the U.S. chief executive as a volatile wild card in order to throw the U.S. ally off balance.

“You’ve got 30 days, and if you don’t get concessions then I’m pulling out,” Trump reportedly told Lighthizer.

“Ok, well I’ll tell the Koreans they’ve got 30 days,” Lighthizer replied.

“No, no, no,” Trump interrupted. “That’s not how you negotiate. You don’t tell them they’ve got 30 days. You tell them, ‘This guy’s so crazy he could pull out any minute.'”

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Trump went on, “That’s what you tell them: Any minute. And by the way, I might. You guys all need to know I might. You don’t tell them 30 days. If they take 30 days they’ll stretch this out.”

“Plenty of world leaders think the president is crazy — and he seems to view that madman reputation as an asset,” said Swan. “The downsides are obvious: the rhetoric can unnerve allies and has the potential to provoke enemies into needless, unintended war. But Trump keeps using the tactic, with varying degrees of success.”

He pointed to examples like Trump’s constant undercutting of his aides by allowing them to issue a statement and then immediately contradicting it, like what has happened this weekend between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Tillerson said Saturday that the administration is attempting to avoid war with North Korea by trying to find common ground and opening diplomatic talks. On Sunday, Trump tweeted at Tillerson, “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

The plan of escalating threats and aggressive posturing, Swan said, could have some success, but “can only produce short-term results, if he doesn’t follow through on them.”

Senior officials are wearing of the constant battering they receive when Trump contradicts them or undercuts the administration’s message.

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Republicans in Congress are angry about Trump’s latest racist comments — but not because they’re racist

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There can be no denying that amid the firestorm from President Donald Trump tweeting that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) should "go back where they came from," Republicans in Congress are upset.

However, as many of them make clear in conversation with reporters, the fact that these comments were racist is not the main reason they are angry at the president. Rather, they are frustrated that his comments are hogging the news cycle, which leaves them incapable of discussing their agenda — and of criticizing the agenda of the Democratic representatives he targeted.

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George Conway declares ‘Trump is a racist president’ in brutal Washington Post column

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday evening.

Conway explained how he avoided thinking of Trump as a racist, despite the president's actions.

"No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I gave still him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot," he explained.

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‘He’s the one who hates our country’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib rips Trump’s ‘failed presidency’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) ripped President Donald Trump for his "failed presidency" during an interview on CNN following her press conference with the three other young women of color in Congress known as "The Squad."

"You’re a child of immigrants here to the United States," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted. "I’m a child of immigrants here to the United States as well. And all of us can relate specifically to what’s going on, because I’m sure you’ve heard basically most of your life go back where you came from."

"As you point out, you are the first of two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Why do you think President Trump specifically chose to paint the two of you as disloyal?" Blitzer asked.

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