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Trump spokesperson throws Scott Pruitt under the bus after disastrous Fox interview: ‘I can’t speak to the future’



White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley on Thursday refused to defend EPA Director Scott Pruitt after his disastrous interview with Fox News correspondent Ed Henry.

During an appearance on Fox News, Gidley was asked about the recent reports that President Donald Trump could fire Pruitt.

“I can’t speak to the future of Scott Pruitt,” Gidley admitted. “I can just talk about where we are now. And that is that the White House is aware of these reports [of alleged corruption]. We’re obviously looking into those. We don’t have any announcements as regards to staffing right now. But we’re aware. And we believe that some of these questions need to be answered.”

“What is it that you’re aware of?” Fox News host Sandra Smith asked the White House spokesperson.

“Well, we’ve seen the reports,” Gidley replied. “I mean, Ed Henry did an interview [on Fox News] obviously last night. You played a clip of it there. We’ve seen it. We know some of the news reports that have come out in some of the publications chronicling issues going on over there [at the EPA].”

Gidley insisted that Trump demands “the highest level of ethics” from all of his staffers.


“But in the meantime, we’re looking into this,” he said. “Because the president wants that level of accountability.”

“Has Scott Pruitt been maintaining the highest ethical standards?” Smith pressed.

“We’re looking into this,” Gidley repeated. “There’s process in place to review some of these actions. We’re doing that. But right now, I do have no staff announcements.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’



Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies



A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate



Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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