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GOP lawmaker blisters Trump for his ‘crony capitalism’ tariffs designed to enrich his friends

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An outgoing Republican lawmaker tore into Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel on Tuesday morning, accusing the president of making the decision based on “crony capitalism” designed to enrich his friends.

Appearing on CNN with Alisyn Camerota, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), first addressed the host’s questions about former Trump aide Sam Nunberg’s wild Monday night multiple televised meltdowns.

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“That’s just beyond bizarre,” Dent replied. “To see that Erin Burnett [CNN] interview where she had to ask if he was drinking?  It seems to me somebody needs to stage an intervention on his behalf because he’s got enormous problems. He acknowledged his own lawyer will probably fire him, he should never stand in front of a camera. I tell my staff, if I’m about to do something destructive, tackle me, and he needs a tackler right now to get him off the camera.”

“It’s clear to me this man has a lot of  problems,” he continued. “I don’t know if what he is saying is true or not. He doesn’t want to comply with a subpoena? Who does? Most people comply because they don’t want to go to jail.”

Following a discussion on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump White House, host Camerota turned to Trump’s tariff proposal that would have a devastating effect on Dent’s blue-collar industrial district.

“The president is set to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel — what do you think?” Camerota asked.

“I represent the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bethlehem Steel was the second largest producer of steel at one point, butthat company no longer exists. We don’t make steel in my district anymore,” Dent explained. “I will tell you that we do not need to impose these types of tariffs in this kind of scattershot matter, it’s a mistake.”

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“This represents crony capitalism of the worst type,” he continued. “Protecting a few at the cost of many. We’re going after Canada! Canada is not a security threat, they’re our friends. They’re the biggest exporter of steel and aluminum to the United States.”

Dent’s comments about “crony capitalism” comes days after it was revealed that Trump associate Carl Icahn dumped $31 million in steel-related holdings a week before the president made his proposal

“These aluminum tariffs will directly affect my congressional district,” he elaborated. “In Hershey, Pennsylvania, it’s the sweetest place on Earth. Well they use aluminum foil to wrap those Hershey Kisses — 70 million Kisses produced in my district every day. That is a lot of foil, that is a lot of aluminum. The point I’m making is this is going to have a direct impact on my district. If the Trump administration were smart about this — by the way, I had a conversation with Secretary [Wilbur] Ross about the aluminum tariffs months ago, about how this would have a negative effect — if we want to deal with China, let’s deal with China and target them. Why go after Africa, Germany, South Korea, and Japan? These countries that are friendly to us and are not national security threats on steel or aluminum.”

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Dr. Fauci emotionally recounts his close relationship with the late AIDS activist Larry Kramer

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.

"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."

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REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”

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‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"

"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."

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