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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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‘Do your damn job — or get the hell out!’ Chris Cuomo’s epic rant on Trump and Pence’s failed COVID-19 response

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CNN's Chris Cuomo closed his Monday evening show with an epic commentary where he demanded President Donald Trump do his job or leave.

He begged Americans not to go numb to the graphs, maps, and death toll numbers that are soaring.

"People are frustrated and tired of it," Cuomo explained. "The president is banking on that. That's his strategy. You get bored and disinterested. You'll even ignore the pain and commitment from the people he called heroes. The ones who choose to walk day after day into hospitals that are all too often out of control. To be there with those who are afraid who often die alone and care for the suffering. They can see with their own eyes what he is telling you is B.S."

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‘Lie, deny, and defy’: CNN’s Cuomo says Trump’s deceit is as ‘toxic’ to America as COVID-19

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On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo tore into President Donald Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are "totally harmless."

"99 percent of COVID cases are harmless, says Trump," Cuomo said. "Remember, the White House numbers puts our death rate at around 4, 4-plus percent. Is that harmless? To the 130,000 plus dead, to their families, to the tens of thousands who suffered terribly, to all those suffering now, harmless?"

"Maybe if he gave a damn, maybe if the president of the United States were not ignoring and coming up with new ways to reportedly get you to live with a pandemic, maybe then he would know just how stupid that statement is," said Cuomo. "I will say this. Trump's strategy of lie, deny, and defy all facts and decency is just as toxic to our society as 99 percent of COVID-19 cases. But he is being honest about one thing, and it matters, especially now, especially to you, the president's supporters. Because you also own what he is saying right now. His blatant pitch to bigots. He has no position on whether the Confederate flag should be flying in America in the year 2020."

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Trump is ‘in a meltdown’ because he ‘doesn’t know who to blame’ for his failures: Republican John Kasich

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), once a rival presidential candidate to President Donald Trump, assessed his leadership failures.

"He's flailing," said Kasich. "He's in a meltdown. He looks at his polls and doesn't know who to blame. He blames his advisers and is even blaming Fox News now. He's flailing. He doesn't know how to stop things. So I think he's just throwing everything out over the period of the last three days, hoping he's going to strike a chord."

"What he doesn't realize is that base he has, the edges of that base are beginning to fray," said Kasich. "That base is getting smaller and smaller. Because he's a Republican, he's causing a brand problem for Republicans. And mark my words. There's going to be a point in time where these folks are going to leave. Then many of them will say, I was never a part of this. I never supported him. In the meantime, because they had gone along, they have enabled him to do these kinds of just totally outrageous things."

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