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Rick Santorum forced to admit he was wrong to defend Trump for blaming US for poor Russia relations

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum on Monday was forced to admit that President Donald Trump shouldn’t have blamed the United States for poor relations with Russia — but then quickly tried to pivot to blaming former President Barack Obama.

During an interview on CNN, host John Berman cornered Santorum over Trump’s early Monday tweet in which he placed the blame entirely on the United States for having poor relations with the Russian government.

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“One of the things the president wrote hours before heading into this meeting was, ‘Our relationship with Russia has been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity,'” he said, reading directly from Trump’s tweet. “The Rick Santorum that I know would demolish a U.S. president for saying that on foreign soil, for blaming the United States for the bad relationship with Russia.”

Santorum tried to dodge the question and pretended as though Trump had only described the state of the relationship between Washington and Moscow without placing specific blame for it.

“I would agree that the relationship with Russia has been bad,” he began.

“Because of who?” asked Berman.

“Not because of — well, look the United States under Barack Obama let Russia get away with… we were certainly not tough,” he said.

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Berman quickly moved to shoot this down, however, by pointing out that Obama never forced Russia to deploy nerve agents against its former agents on British soil.

Later in the interview, however, Santorum conceded that Trump shouldn’t have blamed America for poor relations with Russia.

“I would never have countenanced a statement by an American president the way that Donald Trump sent that tweet out,” he admitted. “It was wrong.”

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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Denver cops busted for doing drive-by shootings of anti-police brutality protesters

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In a video posted to Twitter, a young Denver man protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minnesota police officers, found himself on the receiving end of an attack by police himself as he filmed them riding on the side of a truck -- only to have his phone hit by a fired police projectile while still in his hand.

According to Rachelle D'nae, a staff writer at Slate, her brother went to the Denver protest and was filming the officers when the incident occurred.

"My older brother went to a protest in Denver last night. as the police were leaving, one of them shot him with a pepper pellet that smashed the back of his phone and exploded in his face. they were ~30 feet from each other and it looks like the officer aimed directly at his face," she wrote before adding in a second tweet, "when my brother told me he was going I prepared for the worst. I made sure he had my number memorized so I could bail him out if I needed to and I sat up until he made it home, trying not to cry as he told me he had been tear-gassed."

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US military brought in to monitor police brutality protests in 7 states: leaked documents

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According to an exclusive report from The Nation, based upon Defense Department documents, U.S. military members are being dispatched to seven different states to monitor the activities of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops.

The report, by the Nation's Ken Klippenstein, notes that states include, "Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," with the author pointing out, "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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