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Trump becoming even more erratic because his supporters are ‘not tethered to reality’: former GOP aide

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A former GOP communications director told CNN on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would only become more “erratic” as his promise to build a massive border wall crashed into reality.

Tara Setmayer said the longer Trump dragged out his fight to fund the wall, the worse things would become for him.

“Because the American people need to understand, well, why are you doing this exactly? We already get 4.8 billion for border security. And you’ve seen he’s already changing the language he’s used,” she told CNN.

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“Now it’s whatever you want to call it, fencing, a sort of a fence… Democrats will give a little more money, Trump will come off the 5 billion and Trump will find a way to use language so that it seems like he’s actually gotten a win here.”

“You have people out here sending money to some fraud guy to build the wall,” Setmayer continued, referencing a GoFundMe campaign launched by Trump supporters. “His base is obviously not tethered in reality about how these things work.”

“The president was willing to lie about a 115 mile border wall contract to make it seem like he’s doing something. Most people don’t understand the government procurement process and I don’t blame them, it’s difficult. But the president doesn’t dole out contracts. This is not how things work.”

“I think we’re going to start to see him say more erratic things that are not true, that are provably false to make it look like he’s doing something,” Setmayer said.

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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’

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On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.

"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"

"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."

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Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos

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On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.

"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."

"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."

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‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone

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On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.

If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.

CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."

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