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Conservative commentator mocks Trump for acting like a bratty ‘teenaged girl’ when asked about Putin friendship

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Few conservatives have stepped up to defend Donald Trump in the wake of his Helsinki summit with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, where the two men met privately to discuss subjects including the dictator’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election to install Trump as the President of the United States.

That includes Danielle Pletka, a senior executive at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who went on MSNBC and offered a tepid defense of Trump that attributed his behavior to “bad judgment.”

Or, as she put it: “Donald Trump’s signature, bad judgment.”

“We have a sense of what was discussed,” she said. “The problem is we have no idea what the president said.”

Pletka said she doesn’t think Trump sold out our intelligence agencies, though—and not because she trusts him.

“It’s not trust but I think the president got smacked pretty hard from his advisers,” she said. “I think that’s why he’s parted from a lot of people inside the White House because they said to him, ‘This is secret, this is top secret, this is code word, can’t pass this on. This is human intelligence. Buddy, don’t repeat this.'”

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Why is Trump the way that he is?

“I find that my best guide with Donald Trump is to think back to high school,” she said. “Remember when mom told you ‘I don’t like that boy’ or ‘I don’t like that girl’ and the answer was, ‘Well, I don’t care. I’m going to bring him over to our house and you better host him for dinner and I’m going to bring him there and you’re going to eat it.'”

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‘Delusional’ Tom Cotton pummeled for believing armed conflict with Iran would be as simple as ‘two strikes’ and done

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Calling him "delusional," a Washington Post columnist ripped into Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton on Monday for boasting during a Sunday "Face the Nation" interview that a war with Iran would be relatively painless and could be accomplished with just "two strikes."

Appearing on the CBS show over the weekend, Cotton told host Margaret Brennan that the U.S. needs to unleash its military might on Iran because Donald Trump's administration has claimed they are behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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Netanyahu unveils illegal settlement named ‘Trump Heights’ in occupied Syrian territory

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In what critics denounced as an obscene celebration of land theft and a violation of international law, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday showed his appreciation for U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory by unveiling a new illegal settlement named "Trump Heights."

As Common Dreams reported, Trump's recognition of the occupied Syrian territory as Israeli property in March was widely condemned by international observers.

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