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Trump is losing patience with Kushner over border wall advice to ‘dig in’

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The government shutdown is in its fifth week and negotiations have made little progress. According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner has been working behind the scenes to encourage him to hold on and fight for his border wall because he thinks that Democrats will “crack” soon.

The Post reported that Trump took a jab at Kushner during a meeting about the shutdown and border wall.

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“Apparently, Jared has become an expert on immigration in the last 48 hours,” Trump said according to The Post.

This is the longest government shutdown in history and thousands of Americans are struggling to meet their basic needs. “Convinced that Senate Democrats will eventually crack and that there are votes for a bipartisan agreement, Kushner has urged the president to dig in,” the report said.

Even though Kushner has been able to influence Trump before with the criminal just reform bill, some Democrats still see him as a non-factor.

“He is totally a nonentity,” a senior Democratic aide told The Post. The report also claims that Trump’s recent proposals to reopen the government had “Kushner’s imprints” all over it.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that Kushner “doesn’t have experience” to help reopen the government. “To the extent he can build upon that, perhaps he can be helpful,” Jeffries said. “But he’s going to have to move off the notion that Democrats are going to pay a $5.7 billion ransom note.”

“Trump’s patience with Kushner’s involvement could become strained if Democrats continue to wave off Trump’s offer and hold firm,” an official said to The Post.

Read the full report here.

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MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’

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The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.

MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."

"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.

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‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war

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Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.

In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.

He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.

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Doctors treat Ruth Bader Ginsburg for tumor on her pancreas: SCOTUS spokesperson

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week had underwent a procedure to treat a tumor from her pancreas, a court spokesperson tells Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes.

According to the Court, "the tumor was treated definitively" with radiation "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

The 86-year-old Ginsburg late last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer and she returned to the bench this past February.

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