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WATCH: Trump mocks Asian allies of the United States as his tax reform speech goes off script

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked allies of the United States, accusing them of not contributing towards their own national defense.

Trump said during a speech on tax reform that his trip to Asia was a “tremendous success.” But he complained that the U.S. military was defending some wealthy countries in the region.

“I say why are we defending them? We love them. I won’t mention names. But there are a lot of them. We love them, they’re wealthy.”

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“It’s going to change, folks. We’re going to defend them but they’re going to treat us fairly and they’re going to pay for their defense,” Trump continued. “Does that make sense?”

“When I was in Asia, I spoke to a couple of the countries about it and they looked like this,” Trump said, imitating an Asian leader. “You know what this is? Hmm-hmm. That means they know they’re getting away with murder and they got to start helping us out. Okay?”

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Adam Schiff explains how Trump just crippled US election security with appointment of ‘loyalist’ intel director

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned on Wednesday that election security in the United States is in jeopardy due to President Donald Trump's choice for acting director of national intelligence.

CNN's Manu Raju asked Schiff about the appointment of Richard Grenell as the nation's top intelligence coordinator.

"He has little to no relevant experience except for being a Trump loyalist," Schiff noted. "And the level of confidence that we can have that we will get fully informed of threats to our elections has just gone down to practically none."

Grenell, who currently serves as the ambassador to Germany, has come under fire from Democrats for possibly violating federal law after he "failed to inform the department about work he did for foreign entities before joining the Trump administration," according to CBS News.

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How the coronavirus has infected Trump’s presidency — and is spreading throughout the global economy

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Nobody saw this coming. Turns out it may not be Bernie, Mike, Joe, Liz, Pete—or even Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff—who bring down Donald Trump.

While it’s still early, there are indications that the coronavirus is the pandemic that could torpedo, among other things, the booming economy Trump has always taken credit for and assumed would sweep him back into office in 2020.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 2000 points Monday and Tuesday on coronavirus-fueled. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control warned Americans that they should “work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad” and outlined how schools and businesses should prepare if the virus spreads. San Francisco announced a state of emergency Tuesday.

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Here’s how Democrats can make Trump’s race-baiting blow up in his face in the 2020 election

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Writing for The New York Times on Wednesday, columnist Thomas Edsall broke down how President Donald Trump's racist rhetoric galvanizes conservative white voters — and what evidence shows is the best way Democrats can neuter it.

"A forthcoming paper by Desmond King and Rogers M. Smith, political scientists at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, 'White Protectionism in America,' makes a strong case that Trump, unlike his Republican predecessors in the White House, has gone far beyond rhetoric and token gestures to substantively address the concerns of his anti-immigrant and socially conservative supporters," wrote Edsall.

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