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RNC chair: Trump asking acting FBI Director McCabe whom he voted for was just his way of ‘getting to know’ him

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RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel struggled to justify President Donald Trump’s reported efforts to question Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe about whom he voted for in the 2016 presidential election during an interview on CNN Wednesday morning.

At the start of the interview, host Alisyn Camerota asked McDaniel whether she thought it was appropriate for the president to ask agents at the nation’s top law enforcement agencies whether they voted for him.

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“I know this is a big story,” McDaniel acknowledged before pivoting to say that it’s not a big story at all. “I think it’s just a conversation. I don’t think it intends, you know, all of these terrible things that people are trying to put forward.”

Camerota pressed McDaniel to ask if she thought it was inappropriate for the president to ask a top official at the FBI whether he voted for him.

“Yeah, I don’t know, I ask people who they vote for sometimes,” McDaniel replied. “I think it’s trying to get to know somebody, I don’t think the intentions are as bad as being put out.”

Camerota then asked if Trump believes anyone who voted for a Democrat was incapable of working for him — and McDaniel insisted that wasn’t the case.

“This is a president who’s getting to know people, and that’s part of those conversations,” McDaniel said.

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WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore

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Police in camouflage fatigues and riot faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.

"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."

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‘Trump surrenders to the virus’: White House ripped for new ‘learn to live with it’ message on COVID-19

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President Donald Trump's administration was harshly criticized on Friday after a new report from NBC News.

"After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it," reported Carol Lee, Kristen Welker and Monica Alba.

"Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states," NBC News reported.

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Will Michael Cohen be sent back to prison after being photographed at fancy NYC restaurant?

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Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently furloughed from his prison sentence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was reportedly photographed at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan.

"Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria," the NY Post reported Friday. "The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday."

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