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Romney cornered by CNN’s Jake Tapper on why he accepted Trump’s endorsement after saying he didn’t want it

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Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued a scathing critique of President Donald Trump, disparaging his character as un-Presidential.

Trump shot back, accusing Romney of failing to be a team player. He also pointed out that Romney had accepted the President’s endorsement.

Romney appeared on The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the op-ed.

“In matters that relate to the diverseness that’s been part of our political environment I’ll speak out,” he said. He said the withdrawal from Syria and Secretary of State James Mattis’ resignation inspired him to speak out.

He added that Trump’s demeanor matters. “A president like any leader … has an impact not just policies but also on the character of the people who watch that person,” Romney said.

Romney listed Trump’s actions that have alarmed him, listing Charlottesville, his support for Roy Moore and his attacks on the media. “So I’ve laid out time and again places where I disagree with the President,” Romney said. “In the forming of national character, we could do a better job.”

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In 2016, Romney claimed that due to the President’s inappropriate statements about the Klan, Muslims, the disabled and other politically charged topics, he wouldn’t accept his endorsement. Yet, he enthusiastically thanks Trump for backing him in his Senate race. Host Jake Tapper pressed Romney about why he accepted Donald Trump’s endorsement, especially given his years of spreading birther conspiracy theories about then-President Barack Obama.

“I’m sure I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ll let the people assess which things were the mistakes,” Romney replied.

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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’

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President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.

McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.

"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.

McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."

"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."

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CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’

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Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.

On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.

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John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress

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Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.

White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.

"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.

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