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Ex-intel chief says Helsinki appeasement raises new fears of Trump-Russia blackmail

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN on Thursday that he’s worried that President Donald Trump may indeed have been compromised by the Russian government.

While discussing Trump’s now infamous joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Clapper said that he’s now started to question whether the Russian government has some information that it’s been using to blackmail the president.

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“I have been trying my best to give the president the benefit of the doubt,” he said. “But more and more, I’ve come to the conclusion that, after the Helsinki performance and since, that I really do wonder whether the Russians have something on him. His behavior is just unbelievable. I’m still trying to get my head around what I witnessed at the Helsinki press conference.”

CNN host Alisyn Camerota then asked Clapper to discuss Trump’s consideration of Putin’s proposal to let Russian officials interrogate former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul — and Clapper absolutely went off on the president.

“That is one of the most preposterous things I can recall in my 50 years of experience serving this country,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that, that there was any doubt or equivocation, or that such an absurd proposal was even under consideration.”

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Boris Johnson ‘tremendously humiliated’ Donald Trump on a global scale at G-7 meeting: CNN analyst

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of President Donald Trump's favorite people to take over for Theresa May when she resigned this summer. But Johnson also mocked the U.S. president and humiliated him on a global scale, said New Yorker reporter Olivia Nuzzi.

During a panel discussion on CNN Sunday, CNN's Ryan Lizza opened by saying that Johnson is in a tight spot as he's trying to negotiate Brexit while serving as an international leader to the G-7. Johnson also needs to negotiate a trade deal with Trump, but he clearly is going about it in the worst possible way.

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‘That’s total nonsense’: Bill Kristol punches Santorum right between the eyes on Trump’s failing trade policy

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum said he was personally offended on Sunday after conservative writer Bill Kristol attacked President Donald Trump's trade policy.

During a segment about Trump's trade war with China, Kristol noted that the president seems "demoralized" and "depressed."

"His economists have told him privately we're slowing down and we're at some risk of toppling into a recession," Kristol explained. "His political people have told him his numbers are going down not up."

The conservative writer pointed to Trump's racist attacks on black lawmakers as one mistake he has made.

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WATCH: Larry Kudlow wilts under barrage of questions about Trump’s conflicting trade war comments

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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