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Melania’s immigration lawyer stuns MSNBC host with his condemnation of Trump’s family separation policy

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An attorney hired in 2016 to defend Melania Trump’s immigration status said on MSNBC Thursday that he doesn’t care if the family lets him go for his staunch opposition to her husband’s policies.

After lauding the First Lady for “leading by example” with her visit to child detention centers at the US-Mexico border, attorney Michael Wildes said that America needs “all hands on deck” to fix President Donald Trump’s policy that separated at least 2,500 children from their parents since it was enacted in May.

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Earlier this week, Wildes compared the “tender age” centers that house the children separated from their parents to Nazi concentration camps — and MSNBC host Kasie Hunt was taken aback by his criticism.

“I’m a little surprised that someone who works for, is employed by Melania Trump — by the Trump family — is able to speak so freely about the president’s policies,” the host noted.

“Me too,” the attorney admitted, “and I could be fired.”

Wildes revealed to the host he also represented the president for immigration matters related to his Miss Universe pageants and said that history doesn’t negate his opinions or his identities as a “proud American” and a Jew.

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‘I’m also a Jew who does not like the visuals I have been witnessing in the last few days,” the attorney said. He then compared the First Lady to the Biblical Queen Esther, whose saving of the Jews is celebrated during Purim. 

“If you reflect on the story of Queen Esther, there is a reason to believe that she is the president’s wife and that she brings something to the table herself,” Wildes continued. “I can’t speak for her nor will I speak of my conversations, but I have to tell you that this is nuanced by her presence.”

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‘Wackadoodle’ Trump is ‘seriously worried about losing’: CNN legal analyst

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discussed President Donald Trump's bizarre claim that Google "manipulated" millions of votes for Hillary Clinton.

"And there is another conspiracy theory, Jeffrey, that he's on to," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "He took to Twitter today to accuse Google of manipulating votes. He said 'Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!"

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Google, Facebook, Amazon decry French digital tax as ‘discriminatory’

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American tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Google joined forces on Monday to decry the French digital tax as retroactive and discriminatory.

President Donald Trump is considering retaliating against the tax -- approved July 11 -- with punitive tariffs on French wine imports, prompting an investigation by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

The so-called GAFA companies appeared at a USTR hearing on possible countermeasures and were unanimous in their complaints, calling the tax a "troubling precedent."

The tax, which Washington considers unfair, adds yet another bone of contention to the transatlantic trade disputes that now also include steel, aluminum, automobiles, aircraft and agriculture.

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Fox News promotes conspiracy theory on screen — and downplays terrorism in El Paso

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Fox News is promoting another conspiracy theory on the network that purports to be a real news source.

During Monday's episode of "The Five," the lower third of the screen read: "NYT to focus on race after Russian collusion fails."

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— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) August 19, 2019

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