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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.

“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.

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

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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Fox host: ‘Ecstatic’ Pompeo and Bolton having ‘tickle parties’ as they push Trump into conflict with Iran

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Fox News host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Tuesday worried that President Donald Trump's top advisors were pushing him towards a war with Iran.

"I think Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are jumping around like a couple of 11-year-olds at a sleepover," she remarked during a panel discussion on "Outnumbered."

"They're having pillow fights and tickle parties because they are ecstatic at the thought of an increased military presence near Iran. That's very unfortunate, because the problem isn’t directly challenging Iran with some of their misbehavior. The problem is getting into another Afghanistan and another protracted military campaign --"

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‘This should scare the hell out of you’: Photo of Greenland sled dog teams walking on melted water

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In yet the latest shocking image depicting just how fast the world's natural systems are changing due to the global climate emergency, a photograph showing a vast expanse of melted Arctic ice in Greenland—one in which a pair of sled dog teams appear to be walking on water—has gone viral.

The photo, taken by researcher Steffen Olsen from the Centre for Ocean and Ice at the Danish Meteorological Institute just last week, showed two teams of dogs pulling sleds designed for ice and snow through ankle-deep water atop a melted ice sheet in the country's Inglefield Bredning fjord.

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Trump says attacks on oil tankers ‘very minor’

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President Donald Trump downplayed recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that Washington blames on Iran and noted that the United States is less dependent on energy supplies from the region.

"So far, it?s been very minor," Trump told Time magazine in an interview released Monday.

However, Trump said he accepts the US intelligence assessment that Iran is behind the explosions that damaged the hulls of Norwegian and Japanese tankers.

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