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Ivanka and Jared want Kelly gone because he ‘diminishes their power’ over Trump: GOP strategist

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Republican strategist Rick Tyler told MSNBC’s Alex Witt he believed Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are behind efforts to oust White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

“Rick, you know the moniker Teflon Don. It seems like in the end, this will be yet another controversy with no fallout for the president,” Witt worried. “Why is it he receives to suffer no blowback on any controversy?”

“Alex, the only explanation i have is that he continues to run this White House like he ran The Apprentice, like a reality show,” Tyler suggested. “Look at all the people coming through and some pretty colorful characters at that…it’s just an amazing thing.”

“So then Rick, what is happening to John Kelly’s credibility?” Witt asked. “How are the dominoes falling internally?”

“Well, look, John Kelly has an extremely difficult job,” Tyler answered. “He is chief of staff, so it is ultimately his responsibility to make sure that people who are working in the White House, and particularly the Oval Office, are properly vetted.”

“I think people are trying to put this on John Kelly. I actually think that Ivanka and Jared would like to see John Kelly go because he has been somewhat successful in diminishing their role and influence and their access to their father and father-in-law for things that they would like to get done on their agenda,” Tyler explained.

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“So then the Porter resignation, the Sorenson resignation, two of them now, is this Kelly’s Waterloo?” Witt wondered.

“I think so,” progressive commentator Zerlina Maxwell answered. “The White House is tolerant of this behavior, they covered it up over a year and people in there have a lot of explaining to do because they are not in line with where the rest of the country is at this point,” Maxwell continued.

“You know, the comment that Rick said about Ivanka and Jared being the ones that may be, first of all, increasing their power with the ouster of John Kelly, but also they will be talking about who should potentially replace him,” Witt noted. “Is that surprising to you?”

“Yes, it is surprising to me,” Maxwell answered. “They don’t have any experience in government. There’s also concerning reports that Jared Kushner is the one that’s reading the presidential daily briefing when they are giving oral briefings to the president.”

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“It is alarming and a national security issue, it is very frustrating to see Ivanka and Jared amass so much power when they don’t have the experience to do the job,” she continued.

“Should [Jared] be reading the president’s intelligence briefings?” Witt asked.

“No, no, no,” Tyler answered.

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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