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Trump snarled at aides after AP reporter asked him embarrassing question in front of Putin: report

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President Donald Trump fumed that a reporter asked the one question on everyone’s minds during his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Jonathan Lemire, a White House reporter for the Associated Press and NBC News analyst, asked a direct question to Trump during the Helsinki summit.

“A question for each president. President Trump, you first,” Lemire began.

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“Just now President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did,” Lemire noted. “My first question for you, sir, is who do you believe? My second question is would you now with the whole world watching tell President Putin — would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?”

The Post reported Trump wondered why Lemire had been called on, rather than a reporter expected to ask an easier question. Trump reportedly did not listen when aides attempted to explain any journalist would have answered that question.

“If you don’t like the answer, you don’t like the question,” one White House official said of the thinking.

Following asking Trump the question the commander-in-chief reportedly disliked, Lemire questioned President Putin.

Lemire’s second of two questions, “does the Russian government have any compromising material on President Trump or his family?”

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Senate Dems blast ‘corrupt’ nomination of Amy Coney Barrett: ‘This entire process is illegitimate’

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President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court -- and Democrats were livid.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) linked the nomination to the Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of a pandemic," Schumer wrote. "Democrats are fighting for Americans' health care."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped the nomination for coming so close to the election.

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Amy Coney Barrett: Religious conservative US Supreme Court pick

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated Saturday to the US Supreme Court, is a darling of conservatives for her religious views but detractors warn her confirmation would shift the nation's top court firmly to the right.

A practising Catholic and the mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti and a young son with Down's Syndrome, Barrett is personally opposed to abortion, one of the key issues dominating the cultural divide in the United States.

As a federal appeals court judge since 2017, she has taken positions backing gun rights and against migrants, women seeking abortions and former president Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform that Republicans have been trying to dismantle for years.

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Senate Republicans attempt to brand Amy Coney Barrett as the ‘Notorious ACB’

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The campaign arm for Senate Republicans is raising money by attempting to brand conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett as the "Notorious A.C.B."

The scheme is an attempt appropriate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's famous nickname -- The Notorious R.B.G. -- for a jurist nothing like the late Supreme Court justice.

T-shirts with "Notorious A.C.B." are being given out for donations between $25 and $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The website where the T-shirts are sold says the money will go to the "Supreme Court Defense Fund."

"Democrats will do ANYTHING to stop President Trump and Senate Republicans from filling the Supreme Court vacancy," the website argues. "Protecting our Majority has never been more important. HELP!"

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