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Trump adviser bizarrely uses 9/11 as an excuse to keep the government shut down

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CNN anchor Victor Blackwell — and even a guest — had to shut down an advisor to Donald Trump’s reelection campaign when he attempted to defend the president’s shutdown of the federal government to build his wall.

Bruce LeVell is an advisory board member for the president’s reelection effort and is executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

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“So far President Trump is insisting he is prepared for the government to be shut down for months — years if necessary — until he gets the money for the border wall, would even call a national emergency to resolve the issue,” Blackwell noted.

Blackwell asked what authority Vice President Mike Pence had to negotiate after “the president chopped his legs out from under him twice.” When LeVell did not answer his question, Blackwell had to ask again. Then reworded it to ask a third time.

LevVell still did not answer the question, but tried to distract by warning there could be another 9/11 terrorist attack.

“Victor, at the end of the day, we don’t want another 9/11,” he argued.

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“That’s a straw man, nobody wants another 9/11, Bruce,” Blackwell noted.

The host tried once again to ask the question about Pence’s credibility to negotiate and instead moved on.

“Why hold the other departments hostage, when you can get them back to work, and if you have to fight over Homeland Security funding, so be it,” Blackwell noted. “But why is the EPA shutdown?”

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“At the end of the day, the president has to protect the borders by any means necessary, Victor,” LeVell argued.

“I have to bring you back to the question,” Blackwell said. “Why not get other departments open?”

Yet LeVell still had no answer.

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“You’re not answering the question,” noted fellow guest A. Scott Bolden.

“What does shutting down EPA have to do with the wall or any of the other agencies?” Bolden continued. “He asked you for the argument, make the argument — you’re making political statements instead,” Bolden added.

LeVell then complained that he didn’t know who the host was.

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Rex Tillerson tells Nikki Haley she wasn’t important enough to be in his meetings

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Infighting among former Donald Trump administration officials escalated on Monday as former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threw shade on former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

In an upcoming book, Haley charged that Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly attempted to recruit her to help "save the country" -- an effort in which she refused to cooperate.

Kelly shot back at Haley on Monday, essentially saying it was above her pay grade.

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Trump claims Adam Schiff is faking the transcripts he’s putting out from Intelligence Committee depositions

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President Donald Trump tweeted out another conspiracy theory about Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Monday as two more transcripts were released from those testifying in the House Intelligence Committee as it prepares for impeachment.

"Just like Schiff fabricated my phone call, he will fabricate the transcripts that he is making and releasing!" Trump tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1194033162936102912

Trump also claimed that Shiff will not allow Trump any witnesses. The president's lawyers haven't explained to him that the House does not hold the trial for impeachment, it's the Senate that holds the trial. That's where witnesses will be presented and the White House can refute the claims. Schiff is having a hearing around the impeachment inquiry and investigation.

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Mulvaney held up missiles to Ukraine out of fear Russia would be angry: State Department official

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Among the many revelations in the transcript of Ukraine Special Adviser Catherine Croft's testimony to the House is the fact that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who also oversees the Office of Management and Budget, put a hold on a shipment of Javelin missiles to Ukraine not just as part of an apparent scheme to force Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, but also out of concern that Russia would be angry.

"In a briefing with Mr. Mulvaney, the question centered around the Russian reaction," said Croft in the transcript. When pressed, she added the fear was specifically "that Russia would react negatively to the provision of javelins to Ukraine."

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