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Deputy press sec trips over his words after CNN’s Cooper presses him on Trump’s current relationship with Cohen

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In the wake of news that the president’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen also represents pro-Trump Fox News personality Sean Hannity, a White House spokesperson appeared to trip over his words as CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him about the president’s relationship with his lawyer.

Noting that President Donald Trump seemed “very upset” last week when responding to news that Cohen had been raided by the FBI, Cooper asked White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley if the president views the raid as “more of a threat” than special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Look, I haven’t spoken to him directly about the raid,” Gidley responded, noting that Trump is concerned about “the direction that the Mueller investigation has turned” before referring Cooper to Cohen for further questions.

The host went on to note that when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if Cohen is still representing the president, she “wasn’t really clear.”

“She answered it today, actually, on Air Force One,” Gidley said. “She said what we all know which is absolutely, the president still has a relationship with him. I don’t know the exact relationship.”

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“The president has many attorneys,” the spokesman said.

After Cooper pressed him, Gidley responded simply, “I can’t tell you.”

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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."

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CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.

"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."

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Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’

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In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.

When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.

"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."

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