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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.

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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.”

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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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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