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Russians may have overplayed their hand this week and humiliated Trump too much: CNN historian

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CNN presidential historian Tim Naftali predicted that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin may have overplayed his hand by publicly humiliating President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the Helsinki summit.

“What do you make of the fact that it seems President Trump is allowing Russia to dictate the conversation and the consequences from it at this point?” CNN anchor Christi Paul asked the historian.

“The Russians are not 12 feet tall, they make mistakes,” Naftali explained. “What they’re doing at the moment is they’re controlling the narrative about the meeting and the effect of that is that they are actually humiliating President Trump.”

Naftali is a professor a New York University and previously served as director of the Nixon Presidential Library.

“So why is [Trump] letting [Putin] do it?” Paul asked. “Why didn’t he come out and say more?”

“I think the last week was additional evidence that President Trump is not a particularly strong foreign leader,” Naftali answered. “He’s very — he’s a battering ram with our own allies — but with adversaries, he allows them to dictate the narrative, look what he has done with North Korea.”

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“The Russians have Trump exactly where they’d like to have him, which is that he needs them more than they need him,” he continued.

“This has been a terrible week for American foreign policy, but I suspect the Russians may have overplayed their hand this past week, they have humiliated Trump, he may react badly to that,” Naftali concluded.

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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