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‘A ludicrous stunt’: Bill Kristol rips Trumps for a hoax press briefing

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On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a surprise press briefing, that turned out to be a hoax.

During the briefing, Trump made a surprise appearance and ranted about the border wall and border security, inviting a few border control agents to agree with him and then leaving without answering any questions.

After the fake briefing ended, CNN host Brianna Keilar’s panel ripped Trump for being selfish in the midst of a historic day. The 116th Congress was sworn in and praised for being the most diverse Congress yet.

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Conservative pundit Bill Kristol said that Trump could not stand not being the center of attention for a day.

“To be clear, this is a stunt. This isn’t a briefing,” Keilar said.

“Donald Trump couldn’t stand that Nancy Pelosi was the center of attention today,” Kristol said. “He can’t stand the fact any other human could get his spotlight, so he had to butt in at 4:30 in the afternoon.”

He added, “It’s pretty disgraceful, [he had to do] a ludicrous stunt with some union officials who endorsed him.”

Watch the panel below via CNN.

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Ex-cops indicted in fatal shooting of Black woman and ‘public torture’ of Black man in separate incidents

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Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.

Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.

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Quarantine, racial strife, Trump have Michelle Obama feeling down

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is suffering from "low-grade depression" from coronavirus quarantine, racial strife in the United States and the "hypocrisy" of the Trump administration.

Obama made the remarks in the latest episode of "The Michelle Obama Podcast" released on Spotify on Wednesday.

"I'm waking up in the middle of the night because I'm worrying about something or there's a heaviness," the 56-year-old former First Lady said.

"I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low," she said.

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Another watchdog at US State Department abruptly gone

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The internal watchdog looking into accusations against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly quit Wednesday, just months after his predecessor was fired.

The State Department's acting inspector general, Stephen Akard, is a longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence and his installation in May had widely been seen as a way to keep a friendly figure in the role.

Akard informed colleagues that he is "returning to the private sector after years of public service," a State Department spokesperson said.

"We appreciate his dedication to the Department and to our country."

But Akard's departure comes just as his office finalizes a report on Pompeo's controversial decision to bypass Congress to sell $8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies.

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