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‘If you can’t pay off a porn star this isn’t America’: Fox News’ Outnumbered tries to make sense of Giuliani ‘bombshell’

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The co-hosts of Fox News’ Outnumbered on Thursday tried to wrap their heads around Rudy Giuliani’s “bombshell” revelation that Donald Trump personally repaid $130,000 to his personal attorney Michael Cohen, who had taken out a home equity line of credit to pay a hush agreement for adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Fox News’ John Roberts reported that despite Cohen insisting he “did not receive reimbursement for the payment” to Daniels, Trump on Thursday wrote, “ Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign.”

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“Yesterday at some point, the president and the president’s outside attorneys Rudy Giuliani said, ‘You know what? The best thing to do in this case is to get ahead of it,’” Roberts said of Giuliani’s decision to tell Fox News’ Sean Hannity about Trump’s repayment. The Fox News reporter noted “the staff at the White House had no clue what was going on.”

“There’s no question it was a bombshell when Rudy Giuliani dropped it last night on Hannity,” Roberts said.

There’s a lot to discuss here,” co-host Sandra Smith agreed.

Asked for her opinion on the report, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery replied, “If you can’t pay off a porn star in this country, these are no longer the United States of America, number one.”

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“Number two, I think that you have two Giulianis here,” Kennedy continued. “Brilliant legal mind, the shrewd politician who can be helpful to the president. But then you have the Rudy Giuliani who lacks self awareness, who tends to shoot from the hip, and says things that, you know, perhaps he intended to say that Michael Cohen had been paid off. I think part of that was weighing the potential campaign finance violations versus the president’s reputation for being ensconced with some one like Ms. Clifford (Daniels).

“At the same time, he opens up the president to so much more skepticism and criticism saying that Michael Cohen was there to take care of these things,” Kennedy continued. “That’s what is problematic, there might be other things like this.”

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CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Trump adviser Navarro with long list of experts calling him a disaster

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In a highly contentious interview on CNN's "State of the Union", host Jake Tapper confronted Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Peter Navarro, with a seemingly endless list of economists, analysts and business publications who believe he and his economic advice have both been a disaster and that he is not being straight with the public.

After refusing multiple times to concede that President Donald Trump's trade war -- and accompanying tariffs -- are having any effect on an economy that many financial prognosticators believe is headed towards a recession, Tapper confronted the White House adviser with the list of his critics -- including the Wall Street Journal.

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Trump furious with Steve King for crippling his re-election chances in Iowa: CNN’s April Ryan

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Sitting in with CNN's Victor Blackwell on Sunday morning, contributor April Ryan relayed that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is in big trouble not only with his party over his latest comments about rape and incest, but that Donald Trump is aggravated with him too because he may impact the president's chances in Iowa in the 2020 election.

With King reeling from the fallout from his own comments made during an appearance earlier in the week, Ryan said that his days may be numbered because senior Republicans want him gone too.

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‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman

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One of the first two Native American women in Congress blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.

Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.

Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.

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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.

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