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‘Naive’ Jared Kushner helping Saudis coordinate response to Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder: report

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Jared Kushner is helping Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom he has a close relationship, coordinate a response to the suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, reports Yahoo News.

Kushner has a close relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, having reportedly devised his entire Middle East strategy around the prince being “an agent of change.”

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The report, sourced to several “senior officials,” says that President Trump’s son-in-law was “taken in” with the prince’s public relations campaign, which cast him as a “reformer” who is “bent on modernizing Saudi Arabia.”

Kushner is unwilling to give up on him now, the report suggests, and is talking on the phone with him about how to move forward. Kushner is calling for the promised “full investigation,” by the Saudis.

“He’s deeply, deeply involved in what’s going on,” the source said of Kushner.

Another senior White House official went further, saying Kushner sees himself in Mohammed bin Salman.

“He did have a naive understanding of this and, I think, he did buy into immediately this ‘MBS’ aura. You know, a ‘he’s another young guy like me’ type of thing,” the former official said. “But I think over time, Jared’s come to see that he’s still going to be an autocrat.”

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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