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MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson hammers Sarah Sanders over Trump’s Helsinki walkback: ‘Why should this president have any credibility?’

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced a grilling from reporters on Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s controversial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During a joint press conference with Putin on Monday, Trump suggested he didn’t believe intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

“My people came to me, Dan Coates, came to me and some others they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be,” he said.

On Tuesday, Trump walked back his comment — claiming that he meant to say “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be.”

But during a White House cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump appeared to contradict his own intelligence officials again by denying that Russia was still targeting the United States. When asked if Russia was still targeting the United States, Trump replied, “Thank you very much, no.”

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Sanders, however, said Trump was saying “no” to answering questions, not “no” to the question itself.

“He does believe that they would target U.S. elections again,” she said.

Later in the press briefing, reporter Hallie Jackson questioned Sanders’ explanation. Jackson said multiple people in the room believed that Trump was responding to the question.

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But Sanders insisted Trump wasn’t responding to the question.

Jackson then said it was the “second time in three days that the president or the White House has come out and reversed what the has said… why should this president have any credibility?”

“Actually, I’m interpreting what the president was saying. I’m not reversing it,” Sanders said.

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‘The president is lying’: Trump gets immediately debunked by CNN after claiming he stopped ‘send her back’ chant

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he stopped the North Carolina rally crowd from chanting "send her back" during a rant about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But CNN immediately called him out for the false claim.

"I didn’t like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly," Trump told the press. "Excuse me. Really? If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that. Maybe you’re giving me too much credit. You’re used to giving me too much credit. Thank you, everybody. I will try. I will certainly try, yes."

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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