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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 correspondent Keir Simmons.

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.”

“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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‘Last chapter in The Godfather’: Watergate prosecutor tears into Trump’s ‘continuing coverup’ of his associates’ Russia misdeeds

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On CNN Wednesday, former Watergate assistant special prosecutor Nick Akerman tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for his pardon of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — and warned that a larger coverup is looming.

"I think you have to look at the big picture here," said Akerman. "The big picture is that this is part of the continuing coverup of Donald Trump's efforts to conceal what happened between his campaign in 2016 with the Russian government. It started with Jim Comey, his firing because he refused to basically give an oath of loyalty to Donald Trump. It continued when Robert Mueller was appointed, the continuing threats of firing Mueller and his staff. It continued with Roger Stone, who was — his sentence was commuted."

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Conservative Charlie Sykes tells Trump if he wants a pardon — he’ll have to admit he’s guilty first

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Editor and creator of The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, told MSNBC's Joy Reid that the most "Trumpy" of things President Donald Trump could do is pardon himself ahead of leaving office in January.

After the president pardoned ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, it sparked new anticipation on how Trump will protect himself from prosecution after leaving office. Trump was alleged to have committed at least ten acts of obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller. In that case, the Justice Department followed the internal rule that sitting presidents could not be indicted. Then, it stands to reason that the Justice Department would also follow a 1974 memo from the same Office of Legal Counsel that said a president could not pardon himself.

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‘It’s pathetic’: John Avlon slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ fantasy that he’s winning by ‘a lot’

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On CNN Wednesday, fact-checked John Avlon tore into President Donald Trump for his "delusional" claim that he's the real winner of the election.

"Let's not normalize that lie, because it is delusional," said Avlon. "It's the political equivalent of someone standing outside and saying that the sky is green, that the moon is made out of cheese and they're Napoleon. It's pathetic. It shows a fundamental disrespect for fact and reality, and frankly, his supporters as well. It's a symptom of an unwell person."

"We should not normalize it because it's just Trump lying trying to overturn the election as he wants to do. No, he's delusional," added Avlon. "People who follow him are being sucked into a vortex by someone who is struggling with his own soul."

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