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Ex-CIA operative hints Trump’s ‘aging mind’ to blame for Helsinki disaster: ‘He can’t absorb new facts’

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Former CIA operative Robert Baer on Thursday suggested that President Donald Trump seemed so agreeable with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week because he has a deteriorating mental state.

During a CNN panel discussion, Baer said he was floored by Trump’s unwillingness on Monday to say he put more trust in his own intelligence agencies than in Russian President Vladimir Putin — and he started by chalking it up to Trump’s inexperience as a politician.

“He just didn’t get it,” Baer said. “This is what happens when you elect an amateur to the presidency… he is particularly stubborn.”

Baer then shocked host Kate Bolduan by speculating on Trump’s mental health as a possible explanation for his behavior.

“I suspect he has an aging mind and can’t absorb new facts,” he said.

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“Really, Bob?” Bolduan asked him, seemingly taken aback by his psychological diagnosis of the president. “Really? Really?”

“I do,” Baer confirmed, before pivoting to potential financial ties that Trump might have with Russian oligarchs who are linked to Putin.

“There’s no evidence of those two things,” said a frustrated Bolduan.

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Baer, however, was defiant.

“He cannot be convinced by his own intelligence services when the information was so good,” he said. “There’s something wrong here. Either he’s speaking on behalf of Putin as a business partner… or he simply doesn’t understand it, there’s no in between.”

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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran

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On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.

Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.

"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."

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Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator

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No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"

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Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report

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So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.

Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.

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