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Brits are ‘looking at the White House’ and ‘deeply worrying’ about Trump’s leadership: NBC London journalist

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NBC News London correspondent Keir Simmons told Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace about the worries the British government has over the actions of President Donald Trump following the nerve agent attack on a former spy.

“If the Russians are behind this attack, it is an attack by proxy, if you like, on the United States and the only response that makes any sense from the U.S. is condemnation, the kind of condemnation that we heard from Nikki Haley,” Simmons reported.

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“It looks as if potentially either the Kremlin thought they could get away with this, that they thought they wouldn’t be caught, if you like, or that they didn’t care,” Simmons explained. “And if they didn’t care, if America and the U.K. don’t take tough enough action, then the question is, ‘what do the Russians do next?’ It’s a pretty frightening one.”

“Do you think the British government now is concerned that perhaps in the American president that they have right now, they have someone who might not care?” Wallace asked.

“The problem is, you know, it’s a bit more profound than that,” Simmons replied. “The British government is very weak right now.”

“They are trying to manage this incredibly difficult process of Brexit,” he noted. “They are divided from Europe through that and they are looking at the White House and worrying — deeply worrying — about what is happening to their ally at a time when they need their closest ally the most.”

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“And that really, I think, paints a picture of how dangerous all of this is for the western alliance, if you like,” Simmons concluded.

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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