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White House spokesman called Trump a ‘deplorable’ and worked to undermine his nomination: report

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White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah touted the release of the Access Hollywood tape as “justice” and referred to Donald Trump as a “deplorable” during the lead-up to the 2016 election, messages acquired by New York Magazine reveal.

As a Republican National Committee employee during the election, Shah, who previously worked with a political action committee that spawned numerous Jeb Bush staffers, reportedly notified a colleague of the existence of a CNN clip where Trump praised then-president-elect Barack Obama in December 2008.

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Three days after sending the clip to his coworker, and seven years to the day the segment aired, it appeared in a Bush campaign ad titled “Happy Anniversary, Donald!” Andrew Hemming, the coworker Shah discussed the clip with, also left the RNC to work at the Trump White House.

When discussing the Access Hollywood tape, Shah suggested to Hemming that he experienced schadenfreude watching Trump get criticized for his comments.

“I’m kinda enjoying this, some justice. I honestly don’t think it’s the worst thing he’s done but he somehow got passes for the other acts,” he wrote. “Trump is a deplorable.”


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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