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Trump asked to speak with restaurant patrons saying ‘nice things’ about him during bizarre phone call with journalist: report

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As Donald Trump’s shutdown dragged on through its 28th day on Friday, president was spending time talking on the phone to diners in Paris, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Dan Balz, the newspaper’s chief correspondent, told an absolutely bizarre story that occurred as he was dining with paper’s Paris reporter.

While waiting for the check following their meal, a man at an adjacent table handed Balz a cell phone.

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“Would you like to speak to the president?” the man asked.

Balz thought it might be French President Emmanuel Macron, but it was President Trump.

“I hear you’ve been saying nice things about me,” Trump said.

Balz said Trump seemed “a bit puzzled” by his noncommittal response.

“Are you Hillary or are you Trump?” Trump asked.

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“I’m a reporter,” Balz answered. “Do you know who you’re speaking with?”

Balz said he learned he was on speakerphone after “an outbreak of laughter” that occurred when he identified himself.

The conversation lasted less than two minutes, before the man at the adjacent table asked for his phone back.

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It turns out the man was CNBC “Squawk Box” co-anchor Joe Kernen.

Trump had called Kernen to express regrets over having to cancel an interview scheduled to take place at the World Economic Summit in Davos.

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The president called off his planned trip to Davos because of his ongoing shutdown.

Kernan said he had told Trump that people were talking about him in Paris.

“Are they still there? Let me speak to them,” Trump reportedly instructed.

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“And that was that,” Balz explained. “Just another night in a foreign capital. Just another bizarre moment and a chance encounter with the president of the United States.”

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’

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In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.

"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.

Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.

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‘Now we see why’ Trump blocked Bolton from testifying — and Republicans are barring witnesses: Adam Schiff

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the handful of members of Congress who have served as managers for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. He has not only navigated the past week of the trial, but he conducted the first major hearing.

After the New York Times revealed key facts from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book, Schiff said that it was clear the information Bolton has is why Trump blocked him from testifying.

“I think you have to for the sake of the office,” Trump told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham when she asked if he would block Bolton.

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John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani’s ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr was cited recently by Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas as being part of the "team" of people workign to create a conspiracy to help get President Donald Trump reelected.

“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” said Parnas in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. “Mr. Barr had to know about everything.”

Parnas' lawyer, Joseph Bondy, has demanded that Barr recuse himself from overseeing the Parnas trial and investigation.

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