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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour demolishes Trump’s ‘confused’ UN speech point by point — wrong on OPEC, globalism, and more

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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour mercilessly tore into Donald Trump’s Tuesday speech to the U.N., saying the president was “confused” about globalism, foreign aid, oil prices, and just about everything else.

“The president appears to associate sovereignty with isolationism,” Amanpour said. “He doesn’t believe, at least according to the speech, that all countries can be sovereign and still be part of a multilateral world.” But Amanpour said that “doesn’t all add up.”

“He rejects globalism and then he praises India for raising a billion people out of poverty,” she said. “Only globalization was able to do that.”

“Sovereignty and multilateralism are not mutually exclusive. This is the big situation that I think he’s somewhat confused about,” Amanpour told host Kate Bolduan. “He rejected foreign aid. He said he’s going to only give it to our friends and to people who respect us.” That, she added, represents “a total change from what the United States has done before, because it’s tried to use foreign aid to pursue and embrace their own foreign policy goals.”

Amanpour also ridiculed the president’s challenge to oil-producing countries. “He’s very upset and said ‘not good’ about OPEC, right? But it’s not OPEC raising oil prices,” she said. “As an oil expert said to me, when the president removes 1.5 billion barrels of oil per day, for instance from Iran by putting the sanctions on, what happens? Supply goes down, prices go up. That’s what’s causing right now the prices to go up.” She added that the speech was riddled with similar “inconsistencies.”

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John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress

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Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.

White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.

"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.

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Reparations hearing erupts in applause after Ta-Nehisi Coates gives McConnell an epic lesson on racism

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday delivered an epic smack down of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations for slavery.

In Coates's opening remarks, he responded directly to McConnell's claim that the government should not pay out reparations to black Americans because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.

Coates pointed out that the United States was still paying out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers "well into this century" and he said that the government still honors treaties it signed even though no one who signed them is still alive today.

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Trump campaign official squirms when CNN host shows him polls of the president losing to literally everyone

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CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday cornered Trump campaign official Marc Lotter by showing him polls that show President Donald Trump losing to every major Democratic presidential candidate.

During an interview about Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday, Harlow asked Lotter why the president's poll numbers were so poor even though the economy is still performing well by many measures.

"A Quinnipiac poll came out yesterday -- it showed a whole lot of Democratic presidential candidates beating the president in head-to-head matchups, from Elizabeth Warren to Beto O'Rourke, to Joe Biden to South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg," she said. "Are you concerned about that?"

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