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Donald Trump will be wracked with anxiety in 2019 — here’s why

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President Donald Trump is going to have a year filled with anxiety, according to David Gregory. The CNN political analyst said the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, the special counsel investigation, and the downturn in the economy would all cause Trump significant problems.

“When you go down a list, what’s amazing is [with] a Democratic Congress this year, all the investigations of President Trump that are going to be public and in the open because Congress is doing it, however the Mueller investigation winds up,” Gregory said during a panel discussion Tuesday.

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“And then the big factor is also the economy, whether it is more muted in the United States, as it’s been around the world, there is a downturn that is underway. People are feeling it in their long-term investments in the markets, which at the end of the year were in such a bad way. I think there will be so much anxiety within the White House that bubbles up with those three factors alone.”

Nia-Malika Henderson, a senior political reporter for CNN, said she expected Trump would focus on his re-election. “The House Democrats looking into everybody about him and his family. He has to figure out a way to keep a grip on not only the grassroots folks but certainly Republican officials… So I think that is going to be his plan going into 2019.”

“Yes, investigations, oversight, the economy,” CNN’s John Avlon added. “But a lot of Trump’s powers politically have stemmed from being buoyed by a good economy. It’s the one area where he’s been above water consistently. Lowest approval rating of any president with the lowest unemployment in the two years. If that starts falling away, the laws of gravity will start to fly… Yes, he may not lose his base, but a lot of his ability to corral and cow his critics will be diminished.”

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Trump’s ‘clown car’ economic team is totally unprepared to handle a financial crash: CNN’s Catherine Rampell

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Washington Post economics columnist Catherine Rampell on Friday warned that President Donald Trump's team of economic advisers is woefully unprepared to handle a recession should one strike within the next year.

During a panel discussion of this week's economic news, which included a massive drop in the stock market after the U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted, Rampell explained why Americans should be deeply worried about the prospects of a recession under this president.

"They don't have a plan for what to do if things go wrong, and they could go wrong," she said. "We have this clown car of economic advisers... you have a guy who plays an economist on TV, you have a former Hollywood producer. This is not the dream team who will be handling a crisis if we face one."

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper explains why Trump’s Israel gambit was a ‘potentially unconstitutional’ attack on Congress

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper argued Thursday night on his show that President Donald Trump’s latest broadside against Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota and Ilhan Omar of Michigan was “potentially unconstitutional.”

Trump, who has routinely targeted the Muslim congresswomen and hypocritically accused them of anti-Semitism, urged Israel on Thursday to bar them from entering the country. Reports suggested that Trump has been pressuring Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to take this step, and the Israeli government wasn’t inclined not to. But after Trump tweeted his opinion, Israel made the ban official.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper compares Trump to Rogue from X-Men — because everything he touches dies

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On Thursday, during an interview with comedian Stephen Colbert, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper invoked an obscure "X-Men" reference to characterize the destructive tendencies of President Donald Trump — and the way he politically poisons anyone who comes into contact with him.

"The pace of it, I think about the people who work in the White House," said Cooper. "I think President Trump — you know, Dorothy Parker said those born to the storm find the calm very boring. I don't know why he was born to the storm but that chaos—"

"Oh, he creates his own storm," said Colbert. "He takes a big bucket of seawater, throws it in his own face and says, 'I'm a sea captain.' We're going to ride it out, boys. Throw another bucket."

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