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Trump scared of ‘what Mattis is saying behind his back’ after Woodward book but denies change at Pentagon

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The upcoming book by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward has unnerved President Donald Trump to the point where White House officials are discussing replacing Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported Wednesday.

“The speculation about who replaces Mattis is now more real than ever,” according to a senior White House official granted anonymity to discuss internal matters.

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“The president has always respected him. But now he has every reason to wonder what Mattis is saying behind his back,” the official continued.

“The relationship has nowhere to go but down, fast,” the offical predicted.

The short-list to replace Mattis reportedly included retired four-star General Jack Keane, who the White House senior official described as “like a more partisan Mattis.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC), former Treasury Department official David McCormick and former Republican Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri are also the short list.

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Shortly after the report was published, President Donald Trump spoke with reporters for the second time on Wednesday to dispute the report saying Mattis will “stay right here” in the administration.

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What Zelensky knew: The devastating and darkly ironic impact of Trump’s attempt to bribe Ukraine

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In their effort to exculpate President Donald Trump in the impeachment inquiry, Republicans put Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s denial that he ever felt pressure from the White House to open up investigations into Democrats at the center of their argument. A new GOP memo says that both leaders have acknowledged “there was no pressure” on the famous July 25 call that sparked the inquiry and thus argues that the allegations made by Democrats that Trump abused his power don’t hold.

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Greta Thunberg says ‘people must finally wake up’ to the fact Trump is ‘so extreme’ on climate change

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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's climate change denialism was "so extreme" that it had helped galvanize the movement to halt long term planetary warming.

She spoke in an interview with AFP on the eve of her departure from North America where she has spent almost three months.

"He's so extreme and he says so extreme things, so I think people wake up by that in a way," the 16-year-old said from on board a sailboat preparing to depart from the East Coast town of Hampton, Virginia for Europe early Wednesday.

"I thought when he got elected, now people will finally, now people must finally wake up," she continued.

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Trump praises ‘amazing warrior’ Sean Hannity for saying impeachment hearings are a ‘phony showtrial’

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President Donald Trump thanked Fox News personality Sean Hannity for his over-the-top defense the evening before impeachment hearings begin.

According to Trump's quoting, Hannity said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was a, "corrupt, compromised, coward and congenital liar."

Hannity called the Schiff's Intelligence Committee hearings a "phony showtrial" -- despite the reality that an impeachment trial would occur in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Still, Hannity lashed out at the inquiry as "another fraudulent hoax conspiracy theory" and "witch hunt."

Trump thanked, "Sean the amazing warrior!"

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