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Trump’s flip-flop on Otto Warmbier’s murder is a ‘slap in the face’ to his grieving parents: CNN’s John King

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A CNN panel on Thursday highlighted the hypocrisy of President Donald Trump’s claim that Kim Jong-un knew nothing about the murder of American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in custody in North Korea’s notoriously brutal prisons, leading host John King to accuse the president of slapping Warmbier’s grieving parents in the face.

Senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson was surprised by the president’s change of heart.

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“Donald Trump himself said at the State of the Union last year or the year before, the Warmbier family was there, he basically said ‘our thoughts and prayers are with you,'” Henderson said, adding that Trump had called out Kim for incarcerating Warmbier. She surmised that the president was trying to flatter the North Korean dictator, in the hopes that letting Kim off the hook would give the U.S. a win on denuclearization.

“That’s the pattern you’ve seen from this president several times,” agreed the Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim highlighting Trump’s worrisome habit of cuddling up to dictators.

“I was looking back at what the president had said about Otto Warmbier,” she continued. “Back in 2017, he also called this ‘the responsibility of a brutal regime.'”

She said it was unclear why Trump was giving the dictator a pass, but King cut to the chase.

“It’s a slap in the face to an American family who lost their son,” he said. “That’s what it is from the president of the United States.”

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Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report

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According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.

CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.

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Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

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Bill Barr’s relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor

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In a CNN segment analyzing Donald Trump's insistent comments and tweets about Justice Department business, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig stated that the relationship between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr is now "on the rocks" and does not look promising for the future.

Speaking with "New Day" host Christi Paul, Honig explained that Barr has repeatedly cautioned the president about his comments but that Trump is flat out ignoring the Attorney general -- meaning that their relationship has taken a bad turn.

"It's interesting, Christi, the relationship between Trump and Barr seems to be on the rocks," Honig explained. "We saw Bill Barr step up and show some spine when he said to ABC News, the president is making my job impossible."

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