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Former NATO Commander explains why Trump can’t scold Putin for election interference

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Gen. Wesley Clark told CNN’s Jake Tapper Wednesday, that President Donald Trump has no real ability to scold Russia President Vladimir Putin.

“What will be said if President Trump says, ‘Look, President Putin. Stop denying it. I know you interfered in the election,'” Clark began, describing a hypothetical scenario. “President Putin says to him, ‘Look, you asked me to. You asked for help in the e-mails in front of the American public.’ And, I mean, what kind of dialogue is that? And what does it mean for the future of the alliance?”

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He went on to say he doesn’t anticipate allied leaders coming out to put Trump in his place because they don’t want to undercut the alliance.

“They’re going to try to put the best face on everything, but I think as people, as Americans, we have a responsibility for leadership and I hope the president will really uphold that when he meets one on one with Vladimir Putin,” he continued.

He also said that he has hope for what the allies can do to marginalize Putin, even if Trump refuses to.

“I do think that having a strong communique and taking the other measures that NATO has called for today will help in dealing with President Putin,” the former NATO Allied Commander explained. “But who knows what’s going to really happen one on one in there?”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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