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Even Donald Trump’s kids give him ‘side-eye’ behind his back, says biographer

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Author and journalist Michael D’Antonio told CNN on Saturday that even President Donald Trump’s kids know that their father is grandiose and over-the-top and give “side-eye” at their father’s exaggerations and “distant relationship” with the truth.

Anchor Ana Cabrera asked D’Antonio — author of The Truth About Trump — what he makes of Trump’s angry tweets and press conference on Saturday in which the president defended his intellect and insisted that his mental capacities are undiminished.

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“This is a new element of his defensiveness,” D’Antonio said, “that has to be put into the context of a lifetime of defensiveness. This is a person who hits back almost before anyone has criticized him.”

“The truth and the president have a very distant relationship,” he continued. “Let’s put it that way.”

“He’s had his children involved in his businesses for as long as they’ve been adults,” said D’Antonio, then pointed to Michael Wolff’s assertion that 100 percent of the people closest to Trump believe he’s incapable of the job of being president.

“Even when I visited Trump Tower just about everyone at least gave me the side-eye,” he said of his time working on The Truth About Trump.

“What are you talking about, that ‘side-eye?'” Cabrera asked. “What was your takeaway that they were implying?”

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“Well, even his children said to me directly that once they get the chance to run the company, they will do it differently,” D’Antonio said. “It would be more conventional, less extreme in what they say and do.”

“I think everyone realizes that he’s an outsized personality,” the author explained, “and that he goes too far sometimes.”

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BUSTED: Trump task force member’s senate campaign got a $2.5 million loan from bank he helped run

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Bill Hagerty, a former U.S. ambassador to Japan who is now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, has secured campaign funds from a number of people and corporate entities connected to the White House economic recovery council — of which he's a member.

Since September, the Hagerty campaign has pulled in $33,000 in campaign contributions from corporations and individuals on the task force. The campaign also took out a $2.5 million loan from Pinnacle Financial Partners on March 27, the same day that President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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Trump ‘frustrated and angry’ that Americans care more about COVID-19 than his Biden smears: White House reporter

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President Donald Trump sees himself as the real victim of the coronavirus pandemic, and a White House correspondent says that's why he can't show sympathy for the 100,000 dead.

The president just can't bring himself to act as "consoler-in-chief," Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," because he's frustrated over COVID-19's damage to his re-election campaign strategy.

"This is a president who has been from the very beginning of this crisis has been frustrated and angry this has happened to him, and ill-prepared," Lemire said. "He was going into this year expecting to run for re-election on the back of a strong economy against what he thought would be a weak Democratic foe, and that all went away."

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Brazil leads daily virus deaths for fifth straight day

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Brazil reported the highest daily COVID-19 death toll in the world Tuesday with 1,039 people killed, the fifth straight day the country has topped the list.

Latin America's largest country, which has emerged as a new epicenter in the coronavirus pandemic, has seen its daily death toll surge past that of the United States, the hardest-hit country so far.

The US recorded a death toll of 657 in the past 24 hours, said the Johns Hopkins University tracker. That was the third day in a row it had come in under 700, bringing the country's overall toll to 98,875 deaths.

Meanwhile, Brazil's daily death toll has passed 1,000 four times since the pandemic accelerated in the country a week ago.

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