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WATCH: Trump voters defend president’s botched Putin summit but admit ‘he’s an embarrassment’

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In the wake of President Donald Trump’s poor showing last week where he appeared at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin that was roundly criticized by both conservatives and liberals alike, CNN took their cameras to one the president’s largest strongholds — Florida retirement community  The Village — to see if attitudes towards the president have changed.

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The verdict: he’s “an embarrassment,” but they still think he’s doing a good job.

Speaking with Sally Inberwish in a parking lot outside the enormous retirement complex, CNN reporter Gary Tuchman asked her how Trump is doing.

“He is an embarrassment to me and, as a Republican, I still feel that, you know, I just wish he would just learn to say things properly and maybe he wouldn’t get himself into so much trouble,” she replied.

Republican retiree Ashera Stanton was  asked about the Trump/Putin summit.

“When Donald Trump said there’s blame for the united states as well as Russia, the blame on this country, does this trouble you?” Tuchman asked.

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“It’s Donald Trump, you know, you sort of expect that” she defended.

“But does that trouble you? do you think the united states should be blamed?” Tuchman pressed. “Should Donald Trump not have said that about his country?”

“No, I don’t think the United States should be blamed,” she replied. “He says a lot of stuff he should not say.”

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Another retiree was willing to excuse the president’s bungling, saying he liked the way he “plays the press like a Stradivarius.”

Asked about Trump’s deference to Putin, Dick Hoffman added, “It didn’t bother me a bit.”

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CNN’s Don Lemon lists all the facts in Trump’s Ukraine scandal one must ignore to buy the GOP defense

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CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday listed all of the evidence one would have to ignore to believe the Republican defense of President Donald Trump.

The CNN anchor listed the "transcript of the president's infamous July 25th Ukraine call" as one piece of evidence that would have to be ignored.

He also listed the sworn testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. And the "bombshell" testimony from Ambassador Bill Taylor and the text messages between Taylor and Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The necessity of there not just being an investigation of the Biden family, but an announcement of an investigation, is another inconvenient fact that would have to be ignored, he explained.

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Republicans are treating voters like ‘children’ with their defense of Trump: Ex-presidential adviser

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former presidential adviser David Gergen laid into Republican lawmakers for claiming that the impeachment probe is only based on "hearsay."

"The Republicans are treating us like idiots," said Gergen. "They just — they say you're only bringing forth hearsay. You don't have any firsthand information. We know there are three people who know exactly what happened. One is named [Rudy] Giuliani. One is chief of staff [Mick] Mulvaney and the third is [John] Bolton. And what's happened here? They all three have been called. The president said no, you must not talk. So the Republicans then come up and say, well, you only have hearsay."

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Former GOP lawmaker criticizes his party’s impeachment stance: They ‘seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts’

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former FBI official and Nevada Republican state Sen. Greg Brower broke down one of his key frustrations with how his party is handling the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

"I'm a Republican who has never agreed with everything in the Republican Party platform. Most of it I did, and that's why I was a Republican elected official, and felt comfortable as one, but things have changed," said Brower. "I guess what I'm most surprised at is the number of Republicans, both in Congress and just out there in the country, who seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts, who seem to be okay with the president directing witnesses who clearly have information relevant to this inquiry, directing them to not cooperate and testify."

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