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‘Trump whisperer’ Maggie Haberman predicts ‘messy’ escalation in shutdown as Trump has no staff left to counsel him

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New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman is known for her ability to maintain close ties to Trumpworld, even earning the nickname “Trump whisperer” for her insights and ability to predict Trump’s behavior.

On Thursday, Haberman had bad news for anyone hoping to see a quick and painless end to the shutdown that Trump called for in an effort to get House Democrats to allocate money for the wall he promised voters Mexico would pay for in 2020.

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Appearing on CNN with host Anderson Cooper, Haberman said Trump’s tactics—such as canceling a visit to troops in Afghanistan by congressional Democrats—comes straight out of New York politics and mirror strategies that were employed by people like his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor.

“The problem is, it’s different when you’re president doing it,” she said. “For him, it risks coming off as petty.”

Pelosi was “clearly trolling” Trump by canceling his State of the Union address, Haberman said, and he had to respond by “doing something to appear dominant.”

“I do think that this is going to become a messy back-and-forth,” she said. “We are well past the point where he is listening to people around him who want him to appear presidential. He has shattered norms over and over. They have said ‘You are not in your re-election window,’ assuming he is going to run for re-election. This is going to be the type of politics you are going to see over and over again. It’s how he won.”

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Cooper asked Haberman who Trump is listening to in the West Wing.

“Mostly himself,” she said. “He is increasingly guided by what he wants to do. And, remember, there are very few people in the White House left. There is a lot that has been boiled down. And you have a very small core group, many of whom—not all, but many of whom—share his impulses.”

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Former CIA operative explains why there’s ‘probably’ a recording of Trump’s call to Ukraine

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Former CIA operative Robert Baer warned during a CNN interview that President Donald Trump is going to do whatever he can to hide the transcript of his call with Ukraine from ever being released. He even went so far as to speculate that there's likely a recording of the call.

In a panel discussion Sunday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin asked if there was a tape of the call.

"I think there probably is one," said Baer. "The whistleblower wouldn’t come forward without good evidence. When you bring a charge against the president of the United States, you better be well-equipped to back that up. Now, I don’t know whether this was an intercepted phone call of the president of Ukraine or it’s a White House transcript itself. But I would imagine this has got so much attention, there’s got to be a transcript out there."

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Entire CNN panel beats down Santorum for Ukraine misinformation: ‘You don’t get to decide what the facts are’

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Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum was called out on Sunday after he seemed to be uneducated about President Donald Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.

During a panel discussion on CNN, Republican contributor Mia Love said that Trump's communication with Ukraine was not "appropriate" if he was looking for campaign help.

"There is no equivalence between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and what this president has allegedly done," Democratic consultant Karen Finney noted. "The things that were investigated against the Bidens [were] shelved, totally debunked."

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Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son

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In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.

Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.

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