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Jared Kushner sold Trump on the ‘catastrophic mistake’ of firing Comey: Trump biographer

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Senior White House aide and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner was the champion behind the firing of James Comey, according to a new biography.

Vicky Ward, author of the recent book Kushner Inc. appeared on MSNBC’s “11th Hour” to reveal the excerpt of her extensive report.

“Kushner was exposed by the media as someone who would almost certainly have an increasingly prominent role in the Russian collusion investigation,” writes Ward. “Not only had he met with Russian government officials, or connected officials, but he had left those meetings off his security clearance forms. Steve Bannon and others noticed that Kushner became gung ho about firing James Comey.”

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The author said that she believes it to be the “biggest revelation” in her book, because reports have said that Kushner had supported the decision, but left out many of the details about the president’s son-in-law pushing the firing.

“What actually happened is that Jared, as you say, realized that the press had learned that he had had these meetings with a Russian ambassador, a Russian banker connected to the Kremlin, and he had not put them on his security clearance forms,” Ward explained. “And very uncharacteristically he made a sort of impassioned argument to the president in front of people.”

She explained that Kushner generally corners Trump and talks about things quietly. In this instance, Kusher stood in front of everyone and made the case.

“But this time in front of everyone he said to the president, ‘You’ve got to fire James Comey and here are three why: The FBI doesn’t like him, the Democrats don’t like him, and the base will love it,'” she recalled. “You know, Steve Bannon, you know, wily strategist, disagreed with him on every single point. But you know, Jared won the day. And to your point, Brian, there lies Trump’s catastrophic mistake.”

Former Sec. of State Rex Tillerson similarly blamed Kushner for massive mistakes.

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Trump hints he may have to bail out ‘our great oil companies’ at coronavirus presser

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On Wednesday, at the daily press conference on coronavirus, President Donald Trump suggested that he might be left with no choice but to offer assistance to oil companies.

"Now, gasoline's going to be 99 cents a gallon or less, you know that. That's already popping up. 99 cents," said Trump. "So that's look giving a massive tax cut to people of our country."

"I'm going to meet with the oil companies on Friday," continued Trump. "I'm going to meet with independent oil producers also on Friday or Saturday, maybe Sunday. But we're having a lot of meetings on it. I think I know what to do to solve it. But if they're unable to solve it, then I think I know what to do to solve it. But it's tough. I think I know what to do to solve it. We don't want to lose our great oil companies. We're the number one producer of oil in the world. I do believe there's a way that can be solved or pretty well solved, and I'd rather not do that."

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Art of the Deal coauthor claims George Conway has been telling people his wife is in a cult

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Tony Schwartz, President Donald Trump's co-author of The Art of the Deal, claims that Republican lawyer George Conway believes his wife has been recruited into a cult.

"Months ago, George Conway told me that Kellyanne Conway is part of a cult, something he has said to many others" Schwartz tweeted on Wednesday. "Her rapturous comments about Trump's response to the Covid-19 crisis prove his point."

It's the first time the comment has made it to the public about the senior White House counselor.

Mr. Conway is the co-founder of the Lincoln Project, a PAC designed to attack President Donald Trump and those who support him with hard-hitting ads and web videos.

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Trumps says he wants to build more hospital ships — but doesn’t realize how long it will take

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President Donald Trump announced at the press conference Wednesday that he wants at least two more hospital ships like the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy tending to coronavirus cases in New York and Los Angeles.

The problem, however, is that building such medical ships would take well over a year, if not two years or more for larger ships. The Atlantic Mercy Hospital Ship was the world's biggest civilian hospital ship upon its completion. And it cost $100 million to build.

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