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CNN’s Chris Cuomo busts Trump for leaking Cohen tape news to distract from fact he was ‘owned by Putin’ in Helsinki

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On Friday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, and former lawmaker Bakari Sellers (D-SC) said the timing of the release of private tapes belonging to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Micheal Cohen was suspect because it came in the midst of backlash against President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.

“The timing, too much of a coincidence,” Cuomo said at the start of his show.

“It is a coincidence,” Sellers said.”I also think that every single day we’re dealing with Trump’s America, there is something new happening, What we learned today is, one, Donald Trump’s a liar. I think we already knew that. Two, Rudy Giuliani is not the best attorney. And, three, that Michael Cohen is unethical.

“It seems that team Trump is happy this tape came out. Why?” Cuomo asked.

Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said that President Trump is not trying to hide anything.

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“First off, there was no payment made,” Santorum argued. “I don’t know what Bakari is talking about. There was no payment made. There was a payment discussed. So the reality is that there isn’t anything illegal here, and that’s why they put it out there. I’d rather not have that information out. But other than that, I don’t think there’s much of a story here.”

Sellers then fired back by saying that President Trump is “lobbing distractions.”

“I think team Trump is actually leveling and lobbing a lot of distractions,” he said. “We saw him tweet about the NFL and Roger Goodell today. We see this new porn star. This new Playboy Playmate came out. So I think they want a distraction from the fact he was fundamentally owned by Vladimir Putin earlier this week.”

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Trump hates women of color for birthing babies keeping him from ‘making America white again’: MSNBC analyst

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President Donald Trump's loathing of women of color is driven by the fact he hates the babies they birth, a Rutgers University professor argued on MSNBC on Friday.

"The Beat" anchor Ari Melber interviewed Prof. Brittney Cooper about Trump's racist attacks on four young women of color in Congress.

"Look, the thing that bothers me about Trump and his cronies is that they have a long history of attacking women of color, and it’s really important to say these comments are not just racist, they’re also deeply sexist," Cooper explained.

"They don't just attack people of color, they also specifically go after women of color," she continued.

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Hope Hicks’ testimony ‘appears to be false’ — and Democrats have a plan to prove it: Judiciary member

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks likely lied to Congress -- and Democrats have a plan to prove it, a Democrat on the House Judiciary said on MSNBC on Friday.

Anchor Peter Alexander interviewed Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) about potential perjury by Hicks, who was a close confidant of Trump during his campaign, transition, and administration.

"It has been several months since President Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testified that President Trump directed him to pay hush-money payments to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, but new documents muddy the waters a bit for former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who testified to the House Judiciary Committee that she had no knowledge of the payments before they were made," Alexander reported.

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‘Liberal paper straws don’t work’: Trump wants plastic straws but has ‘bigger problems’ to worry about

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Swapping paper for plastic turned out to be the last straw for Donald Trump, who said Friday there are "bigger problems" than plastic drinking straws -- the day after his reelection campaign manager promoted branded ones on Twitter.

The president made his position clear to reporters at the White House when, between questions about Iran and China, one asked him about growing efforts to ban plastic straws.

"I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws," Trump replied.

After a brief pause, he expanded on the point, asking: "You have a little straw. What about the plates, the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger and made of the same material?"

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