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Morning Joe: Putin has ‘bumbling, weak, fat fool’ Trump in his pocket — now ‘what’s the payoff?’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Russian president Vladimir Putin clearly “owns” President Donald Trump — and he embarrassed the U.S. chief executive in front of the world.

Trump refused to side with U.S. intelligence and law enforcement against Russia, and instead defended Putin as a strong leader and possible friend — and the “Morning Joe” host said the display was disturbing.

“For reasonable, rational Americans it’s no longer a question,” Scarborough said. “Donald Trump, for some reason, is owned by Vladimir Putin. Vladimir Putin has him in his pocket. The question is, what’s the payoff?”

The news conference from Helsinki, Finland, showed Putin has leverage over Trump, Scarborough said, but he wondered what comes next.

“When a KGB agent owns somebody, through compromising information, the payoff is not a cheery press conference where you make the American president look like a bumbling, weak, fat fool,” Scarborough said.

“The payoff is something, unfortunately, always far graver,” he added.

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Historian Jon Meacham agreed with former CIA director John Brennan, who believes Trump committed treason against the United States.

“When John Brennan made that statement (Monday) about it meets the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors, with all respect, I would say actually what it, the definition it meets, is the first word of the impeachment article in the Constitution, which is, treason, bribery and high crimes of misdemeanors,” Meacham said. “Has the president of the United States now in a sufficient way shown that he is giving aid and comfort to an enemy?”

“That’s the question that the Congress of the United States, without looking at their polls, without getting their briefings about what their base thinks — they actually have to, at this point, live up to an oath that they took,” Meacham added.

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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