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Flailing Trump blames everyone but himself as GM closes auto plant he had promised to save: CNN

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President Donald Trump spent Monday morning lashing out at General Motors and the local chapter of the autoworkers union on Twitter after the company closed its plant in Lordstown, Ohio — and a panel of analysts on CNN said it showed his “Twitter megaphone” was no match for the global marketplace, predicting a tough fight in 2020.

The plant closure was “personal for the president because he told the Lordstown workers not to move or sell their homes, that he would save their jobs,” said host John King, who added that Ohio was “crucial” for Trump’s re-election. He ran a clip of advisor Kellyanne Conway defending what he called Trump’s “unpresidential market meddling.”

“This Lordstown plant is a political loss for the president,” agreed business correspondent Christine Romans. “‘Those jobs coming back,’ he said, but the bully pulpit of the presidency and the Twitter megaphone did not trump the realities of global business.” She explained that GM was working on “an expensive transformation” into electric and autonomous vehicles to keep up with the changing market, and that closing the plant in Lordstown freed up investment funds for that effort.

“Facing a political promise unkept, the president casting around for blame, even criticizing the local union president, telling him to ‘get his act together and produce,'” Romans said, saying he was using the same tactics he used on Ford and Carrier to keep them from expanding their Mexican facilities. CNN reporter Phil Mattingly said that Trump’s tweets were more about shoring up his base.

“Ohio is a very important state, these are who he considers these his people, and he’s making it clear to them, at least rhetorically, that he’s there to work for them,” Mattingly said. “The problem is how long does that last when there are no tangible results in the end.”

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Julie Pace for the Associated Press said Trump shouldn’t have been making those promises to begin with. “As president you have a lot of tools in your tool kit, but you are not running GM, you are not in control of the global economy,” she said. “You’ve seen other presidents, other politicians talking about things like retraining and moving into different industries. That is not as clean an argument as some of the things Trump is saying. It may actually be more realistic, and that’s a challenge for Trump as he gets into his re-election.”

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist

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During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.

While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.

Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.

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New revelation in Trump’s involvement in Stormy Daniels hush money payoff is an impeachable offense: CNN panel

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A CNN panel convened to discuss new evidence that shows Donald Trump was heavily involved in the plot to keep his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels secret before the 2016 election concluded that it is one more impeachable offense.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the newly revealed texts messages and phone-calls between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump aide Hope Hicks prove that the then-candidate was in the thick of it before the election.

"He did know, Errol," host Berman explained. "All the evidence is he knew. There's all these phone calls, there are the checks. There's Michael Cohen's testimony. The evidence says the president was lying to the American people."

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