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Nixon lawyer John Dean: ‘I never feared for my country during Watergate — I fear for our democracy now’

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On Thursday, CNN’s Don Lemon had a panel with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein and John Dean, the former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon. The two men agreed that President Donald Trump’s reaction to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 has been “worse than Watergate.”

“This is worse than Watergate because the system worked in Watergate,” Bernstein said. “Republicans pursued the truth unlike Republicans on Capitol Hill today who have provided cover for Donald Trump to coverup in whatever has occurred here… So that’s the first big difference between why this is worse than Watergate.”

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Dean said that he fears for the country every day.

“I think we’re beyond that,” Dean said. “You think we’re seeing a coverup right now? I think we’re still in the middle of it, and I never feared for the country during Watergate. I fear for the country and I fear for our democracy right now. I have a knot in my stomach ever since Donald Trump won the election.”

Dean said President Trump’s incompetency is working in American’s favor.

“In fact, it’s Trump’s incompetency right now that I take comfort in,” Dean said. “He doesn’t know how to use the powers of the presidency the way Nixon did. [He] was a student of the presidency, who had been in Congress, who studied the president before he became president.”

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He continued: “He knew where the levers were and how to work them. Trump hasn’t figured that out yet.”

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Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday downplayed the idea of US companies being forced to abandon China any time soon, as an edict from the president ordering businesses to start looking for alternatives has been met with skepticism.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economics advisor Larry Kudlow took to the airwaves from France, where Trump is participating in the G7 summit, to smooth out tensions in the business community prompted by Trump's Friday tweet.

Trump said he has "no plan now" to bring US companies in line, and his aides quickly reinforced the message.

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President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy.

At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump announced a major trade deal with Japan and promised more of the same with Britain, once Brexit is done.

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"I have second thoughts about everything," he conceded to reporters when asked if he regretted his decision on Friday to ramp up tariffs on all Chinese imports, worth some $550 billion, in retaliation for Beijing's earlier hike of levies on US goods.

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Sudan's Christians suffered decades of persecution under the regime of Islamist general Omar al-Bashir. Now they hope his downfall will give the religious freedom they have long prayed for.

Deep within the maze of dusty alleys that honeycomb Omdurman, Khartoum's sprawling twin city, Yousef Zamgila's church is not visible from the street.

It is hidden in the courtyard of a friend's home and consists of a few iron benches, a pulpit and crosses hastily painted on pillars holding a corrugated roof.

"The previous centre got destroyed because we didn't have the right papers. They always refused... So we use the land of our neighbours," says the Lutheran reverend.

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