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Trump, Macron ‘bromance’ draws late night laughs in US

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Firm handshakes, warm embraces, kisses, even a bit of grooming: the “bromance” between US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron has provided plenty of material for America’s late night TV comedians.

“Trump and Macron have an interesting relationship,” comedian Jimmy Kimmel said on his talk show on ABC.

“Trump very much needs a friend, because most of his old ones are going to prison,” Kimmel said, in a reference to the US president’s legal woes.

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“And Donald Trump, really, he cannot keep his hands off this guy,” Kimmel said before showing television clips of affectionate embraces between the pair.

One exchange which has drawn particular attention took place in the Oval Office, when Trump brushed off what he said was “dandruff” on Macron’s jacket.

“We have to make him perfect,” Trump said. “He is perfect.”

For Kimmel, tongue firmly in cheek, it was a “historic moment.”

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“To the best of my knowledge, it was the first time a world leader ever publicly brushed dandruff off another world leader,” Kimmel said.

Several comedians contrasted the supposedly frosty relationship between Trump and his wife, Melania, to his warm friendship with Macron.

“Compared to holding hands with Melania, he and Macron just performed the kama sutra together,” said “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on CBS. “Which one is he married to again?”

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Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central said Macron “seems to have the recipe for handling Trump.”

“You could really feel that Macron was connecting with Trump,” Noah said. “And we all know that Trump is not the sentimental type.

“But clearly Macron made Trump feel a way he’s never ever felt before — human.”

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“I know it’s a cliche but that’s a bromance,” Noah said. “That’s more affection than he’s ever shown Melania.”

Noah ended the segment with a mock black-and-white silent movie with a romantic soundtrack showing the Trump-Macron interactions which he called “L’affaire des Mains” — “The Affair of the Hands.”

Comedian Seth Meyers showed footage on his “Late Night” show on NBC of the 71-year-old Trump and 40-year-old Macron sharing an interminable handshake — similar to one the pair had shared last year.

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“President Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House at 5:15 pm this evening — and they are still shaking hands,” Meyers said.


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Rachel Maddow explains how Mike Pence got throw into the impeachment scandal by Trump’s lawyers

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that Vice President Mike Pence got thrown into the impeachment scandal by President Donald Trump's own lawyers.

In a bizarre comment in court a few weeks ago, has been revealed with the release of documents. Unfortunately for Pence, it happened again. Trump's lawyers debated with judges and opposing counsel whether Trump could, in fact, shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and be prosecuted. The president's lawyers argued that not only could they not prosecute him, but they also couldn't stop him either.

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo brought on Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), one of the Republicans who participated in the raid on the secure room where the Intelligence Committee was conducting impeachment hearings. And Johnson's attempt to defend his behavior did not go well.

"Congressman, did you bring a phone in there?" asked Cuomo.

"We headed down that hallway to demand to be able to do our job. That's what we were there for," said Johnson. "There is no classified information being discussed in that room. It is a classified facility, if classified is being discussed, but there was no classified information being discussed there ... You know, a Republican speaker gave that due process and fairness to President Clinton. A Democrat speaker gave that fairness and due process to Richard Nixon. So what do they have to hide, Chris?"

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