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Trump likes making bizarre Rose Garden infomercials to boost his self-esteem: report

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President Donald Trump in recent weeks has taken to making videos of himself talking about his policies in the White House Rose Garden and then posting them to his Twitter account.

The videos, which feature only the president talking for around 30 seconds, have generally drawn ridicule from across the web — and Princeton historian Kevin Kruse has even compared the videos to advertisements run by used car salesmen.

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New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi recently spoke with several current and former Trump administration officials and Trump associates who told her that the president enjoys making these videos because they give him a quick boost to his self-esteem.

“The purpose of this on-camera exercise is simple: It makes him feel (and, he believes, look) good,” Nuzzi reports.

One former official tells Nuzzi that Trump likes making the videos because the lighting around the Rose Garden gives him a softer touch and makes him look less overtly angry than he often appears when he sees himself on television.

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“He was transposing his anger with the way the media was portraying what he was doing against lighting and everything like that,” the former Trump official explained. “He wouldn’t be able to sit there and be like, ‘The media is pissed off at me because I’ve been doing a bunch of crazy shit that falls way outside the norms of political discourse and political behavior in this country.’ He can’t really say that. That requires the ability to have some self reflection. So instead he blames things like the lighting.”

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Trump mounts sexist attack on Pelosi during impeachment hearing: ‘I think the woman is grossly incompetent’

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President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the White House on Tuesday.

As impeachment testimony was underway in the House, Trump told reporters in a Cabinet meeting that Pelosi is "grossly incompetent."

The president also said that Republicans are "killing it" in the impeachment hearings.

But Trump took a shot at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who was testifying at the time.

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‘I’m an American’: Lt Col Vindman laughs off GOP counsel’s attempts to question his loyalty

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman laughed off questions about an offer by a Ukrainian official to serve as that country's defense minister.

The Soviet-born Vindman, who emigrated to the U.S. as a child and later served in the Iraq War, agreed that a Ukrainian official had offered him the government position three times during an official visit for the inauguration of the country's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"I don't know (why the position was offered), but every single time I dismissed it," Vindman said. "Upon returning I notified my chain of command and the appropriate counter-intelligence folks about the offer."

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