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CNN host wonders why the White House isn’t refuting the NY Times op-ed — and instead searching for its author

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One of the worst stories for the White House this past week was the New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior official. Yet, President Donald Trump and his staff can’t seem to move on from it. To make matters worse, Bob Woodward’s new expose on the White House arrives on bookshelves this week.

While writers like Omarosa Manigault-Newman and Michael Wolff might be good for sales, they lack the long-standing journalistic integrity that Woodward enjoys. For his book to have garnered such paranoia from the White House and the president before the release means the week will likely be another difficult one for Trump.

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During a panel discussion about the op-ed and the book, former Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) spokesperson Symone Sanders laughed at the White House for failing to knock the stories off of the front page.

“If this person is so concerned they should go to Congress. The midterms are less than 60 days away,” she said of the op-ed writer. “This is more of an issue for Republicans right now than it is Democrats. We should be concerned many people in his orbit think he’s unfit to serve. I think that is cause for some type of oversight, some type of action. I don’t think we’ll see it from this Republican Congress.”

Host Erika Hill called it “fascinating” watching the media blitz from the White House while they manage to keep the story at the top of the news feeds.

“Which makes no sense to me,” Sanders confessed, laughing.

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“They are keeping it top of mind, as you say especially from your communications background, it doesn’t make any sense,” Hill agreed. “Kellyanne Conway, saying just this morning to Jake Tapper, her feeling is that this letter is all about sowing discord and chaos. They don’t seem to refute the claims.”

Instead, the White House is attacking the delivery method, the writers and the media.

Hill observed they are “not coming out there and saying, ‘This is all terrible false,'” she said. “It’s all, ‘Hey, I’ll take a lie detector test, it wasn’t me.'”

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RealClearPolitics editor A.B. Stoddard said that it is clear the White House knows this is an obsession for Trump and that they’re on the hunt for the person.

“They want the person to pay a dear price that the president believes this is a national security threat,” she said. “Mike Pence wants us to know — the vice president — to know he didn’t do it. He’s willing to take a lie detector test. They want focus off the substance, which you mentioned, which is so dramatic and so profound and so potentially damaging to the whole country.”

She agreed that the White House isn’t denying any of the claims in the op-ed, while they are working on a document to refute the book.

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She cited Woodward’s interview Sunday, saying that it’s obvious they’re making it about the goose chase for the source instead of what’s wrong with the White House.

Watch the full discussion below:

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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs

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Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.

While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.

"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."

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Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’

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A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.

As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.

"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.

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Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.

"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."

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