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Former Enquirer exec points finger back at Trump for hush money payoffs: ‘No way they pull this off without him’

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Appearing on CNN the former senior vice president of corporate communications at American Media Inc. — the parent company of the National Enquirer — detailed the inner workings of the tabloid and said publisher David Pecker never would have made a move to pay hush money to former mistresses without the input of Donald Trump

Speaking with hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Stu Zakim claimed he was not privy to the ongoing discussions between Pecker, Trump and Trump’s personal attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, but he knows exactly how the tabloid publisher works.

“Pecker is cooperating, you told me you never thought he would flip,” host Harlow reminded the former exec. “You thought he would stand by the president, but at the same time, he looks out for himself.”

“Proof positive, look what’s happening here,” Zakim explained. “It was him or Trump. And in any situation, Pecker will always win — that’s what he’s done. ”

“Let me ask you this, because the president’s essential argument here — of many arguments and some of them contradictory — is basically Cohen did it, or Cohen as the lawyer should have known,” Sciutto pressed. “There have been multiple lies going back to April where the president denied any knowledge of these payments. In terms of the coordination between Cohen and Pecker, his involvement, could they have taken place without the president knowing, knowing the way that relationship worked?”

“I don’t see how that could have happened; look how hands-on he is in everything that happens during his presidency, in his business before that” Zakim smirked. “So in my mind, not having been in the room, but clearly, I can’t imagine any way that these guys would have pulled this off without Trump’s support and interaction.”

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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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