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GOP congressman blows off Bob Corker’s anti-Trump remarks: He’s just mad he’s not Secretary of State

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A controversial member of the Freedom Caucus lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to defend President Donald Trump during a combative interview with MSNBC anchor Katy Tur.

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been described as “the Trumpiest Congressman in Trump’s Washington.”

Tur asked about Sen. Corker’s conclusion that the Republican Party has become a “cult-like” organization dedicated to President Trump.

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“Is the GOP a cult?” Tur asked to start the interview.

“The GOP is not a cult,” Rep. Gaetz replied. “We’re a party built on principles that right now are increasing economic opportunity for millions of Americans.”

“Do you think that lawmakers in your party who don’t agree with the president are able to speak out and disagree with him without getting the wrath of the president, without getting the wrath of the voters?” Tur asked.

“Well, this is politics, nobody pitches underhand,” he answered. “And if people oppose the agenda of any politician, they’re likely to receive some response from that person. that’s what — that’s how things work in a democracy.”

Tur returned to criticism of the party from Sen. Corker, noting his frustration that Republicans would not even stand up to the White House on tariffs.

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“I think that Sen. Corker is a little upset that he got passed over for Secretary of State,” Rep. Gaetz suggested.

“You think it is a personal issue for Bob Corker?” Tur asked.

“I do,” he replied.

Tur also had to repeatedly ask Gaetz about whether he supported the administration’s policy of separating children from their families at the border. In the end, Rep. Gaetz admitted he did support Trump’s policy.

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WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview

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A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.

The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.

St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.

But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.

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US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’

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Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.

Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.

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‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic

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President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."

Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.

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