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Former Trump adviser: White House position on shutdown ‘makes absolutely no sense whatsoever’

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On Thursday, the Boston Globe published remarks from an interview with Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s former economic adviser, in which he blasted the president’s federal government shutdown over the border wall and suggested that the White House had no sensible exit strategy from the situation:

On Thursday, the Boston Globe published remarks from an interview with Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s former economic adviser, in which he blasted the president’s federal government shutdown over the border wall and suggested that the White House had no sensible exit strategy from the situation:

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Cohn, in the interview, sharply criticized the ongoing shutdown, calling it “completely wrong,” and said the furloughing of thousands of federal workers “makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.”

“I don’t understand what the outcome is here, and I don’t understand where we’re going with it,” said Cohn, a free-trade advocate who resigned last March after Trump announced he was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. “I’m confused as to what the White House’s strategy is on this a little bit.”

Cohn’s bemusement at the president’s strategy is understandable. The border wall is unpopular in polling, the shutdown over it is even more so, the public overwhelmingly blames Trump for the standoff, and the White House seems completely uninterested in offering any concessions to lawmakers to get anything they want. In fact, some of Trump’s advisers, like Office of Management and Budget director and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney seem to think it’s actually a good thing the government is shut down, despite the fact that it is starting to risk serious economic damage.

Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, is hardly a foe of the Republican agenda. Before he fell out with Trump over his tariff strategy, Cohn played a key role in passing the GOP tax scam bill, which showered benefits on the wealthiest Americans and multinational corporations even as it has exploded deficit spending.

Next month, Cohn will take up a new position at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, alongside his longtime acquaintance, former Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

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READ IT: More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell Bill Barr to resign now

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More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend and political crony Roger J. Stone Jr.

“It is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” wrote the former Justice Department attorneys in their Sunday letter. “It is even more outrageous for the Attorney General to intervene as he did here — after the President publicly condemned the sentencing recommendation that line prosecutors had already filed in court.”

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Trump campaign forced to delete #Daytona500 Air Force One photo because it was from 15 years ago

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Another oops moment happened for President Donald Trump's campaign manager stole George W. Bush's photo from the Daytona 500 in 2004.

Tweeting Sunday, Brad Parscale proclaimed, "[email protected] won the #Daytona500 before the race even started."

Except, it wasn't him. As many people pointed out, the image was from 16 years ago by photographer Jonathan Ferrey, CNN reported. Parscale was forced to delete it and tweet it out again with an underwhelming photo.

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‘America — y’all gotta wake up’: MSNBC panel cracks up laughing at Trump bizarre claims about the border wall

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Last month, President Donald Trump's border wall collapsed due to weather problems. A new decision was made that in certain areas, Trump's wall must be a kind of "gate" that will remain open during months known for heavy flooding.

After weeks of ignoring the news, Trump finally found something to say about the catastrophe during a press conference where he rambled about different ways that people have tried to get drugs over the wall using a sling-shot.

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