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Trump staffers freaking out because DNI head Coats laughed at president’s invitation to Putin to visit White House: report

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The White House is in discord Thursday night after President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to Washington was mocked by one of his senior aides, reports the Washington Post.

The decision to follow-up on Trump’s much-criticized Helsinki summit by inviting the dictator who installed Trump as president through election meddling with an invitation to visit the U.S. was apparently shocking to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, who was told about it on stage at a conference.

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“Okaaaay,” Coats said when told. “That’s going to be special.”

The Post reports that “inside the White House, Trump’s advisers were in an uproar over Coats’s interview” and that “the optics were especially damaging.”

“Coats appeared to be laughing at the president, playing to his audience of the intellectual elite in a manner that was sure to infuriate Trump,” the report said.

Others in the White House were worried that Coats would resign in protest over the Putin meeting and that Trump had praised him to keep that from happening.

“Coats has gone rogue,” said a senior White House official.

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China vows to retaliate for Trump’s Rose Garden press conference — and could impose new sanctions on America

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub.

In a discursive news conference dominated by attacks on his domestic rivals, Trump declared himself to be the toughest president ever on China, a country he is increasingly positioning as his nemesis ahead of November elections.

Trump announced that he had issued an executive order on Hong Kong as he predicted decline for the restless city, on which Beijing recently imposed a tough new security law.

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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

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