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Conservative Max Boot says Saudis ‘played Jared Kushner and Donald Trump for suckers’ who don’t know anything

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Never-Trumper Max Boot revealed that an intelligence report about the conversations between Jared Kushner and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman tipped the country off that neither Jared Kushner nor Donald Trump had any clue what was going on.

“The impression from that report is that the Saudis have played Kushner and Donald Trump for suckers,” Boot told CNN host Ana Cabrera. “There was even a slide quoted in that report, the Saudi report, that they were saying that Jared Kushner revealed his lack of familiarity with U.S.-Saudi relations. And, essentially the Saudis took advantage of that to feed a line to Kushner.”

Boot thinks the Saudis did it hoping they’d score a “blank check” from Trump and the U.S. In return, they promised to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Saudis. The U.S. has delivered — the Saudis have not.

“So, I don’t see any reason why the administration is going to change course now,” Boot said, noting it’s Congress that must act now.

Boot explained that the money Trump says the U.S. is making off of an arms deal isn’t all that good of a deal and that he keeps inflating the amount the country will garner.

“It is not a credible defense because as we have been pointing out, as newspapers and television networks have been pointing out, the benefits that Donald Trump claims for U.S./Saudi relationship are vastly exaggerated,” Boot said. “I was interested to read that New York Times report story where the Saudis basically sold Trump on the idea of buying $50 billion worth of U.S. weapons. In fact, they are only buying about $14 billion. But then Trump and Kushner decided to inflate it and claim it is actually $110 billion. They might as well claim it is a trillion dollars; it is all nonsense. It is just not true.”

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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