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Trump is quick to attack — except when ‘white nationalism is rearing its head’: Former New Orleans mayor

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Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, told CNN on Monday that it was curious how President Donald Trump is always quick on the attack — except when it comes to white nationalism.

Host Poppy Harlow asked Landrieu about the mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was allegedly carried out by a white nationalist.

“The president condemned the attack, he did not condemn white nationalism,” she said, and compared it to Trump’s response to the 2017 “Unite the Right” riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. “‘It was both sides,’ that was the language then. This time it’s not a direct condemnation of white nationalism. What’s your reaction?”

“The president seems to jump real quick on everybody else’s head but he’s real slow when it comes to the issue of white nationalism,” Landrieu said. “He’s going to have to explain that to the American public.”

“This is not new in America, it’s not new in the world. Hate doesn’t know any boundaries unfortunately,” he added. “It travels like a virus and travels quickly.”

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“White supremacy and white nationalism is rearing its head” all over the world, Landrieu said, pointing to recent hate-driven mass shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “We in America have to put that down. There’s a lot of room for us to argue about what’s conservative, what’s moderate, what’s liberal, what’s progressive. In America, everybody comes to the table. Democracy is equals.”

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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran

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On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.

Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.

"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."

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Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator

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No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"

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Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report

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So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.

Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.

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