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CNN’s Rick Santorum defends Trump’s baby jails: These kids came pre-traumatized

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Rick Santorum suggested that refugee children were unlikely to be traumatized by jailing and the forced separation from their parents at the border because they had already experienced hardship on their journey.

The former Republican senator defended the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that had ripped apart thousands of immigrant families — some of whom may never be reunited — as less cruel than many Americans believe.

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“There’s no doubt it’s blown up to a human crisis and the media has reported on that in many ways,” Santorum told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “But the media doesn’t report on the human crisis of these children coming to the border themselves.”

The conservative commentator suggested those children had essentially been immunized from trauma by their life experience before reaching the U.S. border.

“The fact is that most of these folks are coming from Central America, not Mexico, and they made a 2,000-mile journey through Mexico,” Santorum said. “They had to cross the Mexican border, which is no picnic, so the idea that putting these children in detention is the worst thing that’s happened to them since they made this long trek, I’m not sure that is necessarily the case. These kids have been traumatized a lot over the past several months in getting here.”

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‘The president is afraid’: Historian tells CNN that Trump’s attempt to block Bolton’s book is an epic blunder

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Historian Timothy Naftali, a clinical associate professor of public service at New York University, told a CNN panel on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's attempt to block former national security adviser John Bolton from publishing his book would be a massive political blunder.

While discussing the news that the Trump White House sent a formal threat to Bolton warning him against publishing his book, Naftali predicted that the move would backfire and make it more likely that vulnerable Republican senators would call for Bolton to testify.

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Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows tutoring GOP senators on what to ask in Q&A phase of impeachment trial: report

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Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC), members of President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, are reportedly coaching Republican senators ahead of the next portion of the Senate trial.

On Wednesday, the trial is expected to head into the question and answer phase. According CNN's Lauren Fox, Jordan and Meadows are helping to craft the questions that Republican senators will ask.

"Conservatives are starting to have a role in how conservative senators ask their questions," Fox explained. "There have been a couple of meetings between Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who are on the president's defense team, telling senators essentially, this is how you should go about the Q&A period."

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‘Getting the truth is irrelevant!’ Rick Santorum goes down in flames trying to defend Trump on CNN

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Trump defender Rick Santorum went down in flames during a CNN debate on Wednesday that culminated in him admitting that the truth about President Donald Trump's attempt to extort the Ukrainian government really doesn't matter.

During a feisty debate with Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Santorum said that it would be a waste of time to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton because it would not change the fact that Trump is getting acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.

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