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CNN’s Phil Mudd pummels ‘clown’ Giuliani for sticking his nose in North Korea negotiations

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Phil Mudd, ex-deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, slammed President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for inserting himself into foreign affairs politics during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about the Singapore June 12 summit during the White House press briefing. When asked if Giuliani spoke on the behalf of the administration, Pompeo brushed off the question and said “no.”

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In response, Mudd said Giuliani has gotten ahead of himself, and called him a “clown” for inserting himself into North Korea negotiations.

“You have this clown Giuliani, who is not even known by most North Koreans. I don’t think so. There’s another piece to be aware of. The president is right to say if we don’t get a deal we can walk away. [However] you cannot walk away every time North Korea thumbs their noses at you. The president’s temperament of walking away won’t work.”

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Team Trump admits holding back billions for Puerto Rico disaster recovery

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Trump administration officials have admitted that last summer they knowingly withheld billions of dollars Congress appropriated to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.  House Democrats say withholding the relief money violates the law.

Federal law requires that our government help Americans hit by natural disasters. But two Housing and Urban Development officials acknowledged at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Oct. 17 that HUD blocked the Puerto Rico relief funds.

The HUD delay meant the island missed a deadline to apply for billions of dollars in disaster relief funds, raising doubts about when, if ever, the money will flow to the island devasted in September 2017 by the Category 5 hurricane.

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US to send top delegation to Saudi event: media

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and presidential adviser Jared Kushner will lead an American delegation to Saudi Arabia's annual financial conference, US media reported Tuesday, after widespread boycotts of last year's event in protest at the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi reporter Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was strangled and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

Dozens of top global officials and business leaders boycotted last year's Future Investment Initiative (FII), a lavish event dubbed "Davos in the desert", as international outrage over Khashoggi's killing peaked.

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Woman who walked out after commissioner launched anti-gay attack on Dem running for president says she was ‘incensed’

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A Tennessee woman was the only person to walk out in protest of Sevier County Commissioner Warren Hurst's anti-gay and racist diatribe Monday night. The county commissioner decried the "queer running for president," calling it "about as ugly as you can get."

"Look what we got running for president in the Democratic party," Commissioner Hurst continued, saying he could "get better people" at the local jail "than those running for Democratic, to be President of the United States."

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