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Trump ‘won’t survive another week’ if it’s filled with disasters like last week: Fox News’ Judge Napolitano

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Conservative Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, known for his commentary on Fox News, hit President Trump supporters with some harsh facts this week via a new syndicated column.

“The president has serious and powerful tormentors whom he cannot overcome by mockery alone,” he wrote. “He needs to do more than demean them with acerbic tweets, because many of those tormentors can legally cause him real harm,” Napolitano continued.

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“[Trump] needs to address these issues soberly, directly and maturely…can President Trump survive all this?” the judge asked, then answered with: “Yes — but not if he has another week like the last one.”

The writer and Fox News personality then detailed just how bad Trump’s past few weeks have been, touching first on foreign policy and his failed summit with Kin Jong-Un in Hanoi.

“Mr. Trump’s foreign policy approach is anything but normal,” he wrote. “Mr. Trump knew when he left Washington for Hanoi that there was no agreement between the countries, and he also knew that no agreement was likely…but he believed that the force of his towering personality could produce a meeting of the minds.”

Then the judge hit Trump for his handling of Jared Kushner’s security clearances, which critics say involved Trump inserting himself in the process over the objections of security experts in the FBI who initially denied Kushner a security clearance (for reasons still unknown to the general public).

He called Trump’s alleged behavior regarding over-ruling the FBI and CIA on Kushner’s security status as “extremely dangerous and profoundly unwise.”

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Then the judge explained why Trump’s nepotism in this situation was particularly harmful.

“It undermined the intelligence and law enforcement communities, demeaned those who obtained such clearances by hard work and merit, and has exposed the nation’s most carefully guarded secrets to a person who American intelligence believes is naive and susceptible to foreign inducements to reveal what he knows,” he said.

Read the full column here.

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‘Pure retaliation’: Former House national security official slams Trump for firing inspector general

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On Friday evening, President Donald Trump stunned observers by announcing he would be dismissing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who first relayed the whistleblower complaint about Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Daniel Goldman, a national security advisor for the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the decision on Saturday, calling it "pure retaliation" and noting that his only offense was following the law when the president did not.

I saw Michael Atkinson up close. He followed the law with the utmost integrity. He did nothing to lose Trump’s confidence other than lawfully and properly expose Trump’s misconduct and the ensuing efforts to cover it up. This is pure retaliation, retribution and reprisal. https://t.co/GStcTOJn4J

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Trump’s new plan for covering COVID-19 patients has administration officials scrambling once again: report

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According to Politico, President Donald Trump's decision not to reopen the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, and to instead pay hospitals to treat uninsured coronavirus patients, blindsided not just insurance companies, but his own health officials — and left everyone scrambling to implement his orders.

"The rollout of the new hospital pay program capped a frenetic several days within the administration, prompted by a White House official’s confirmation Tuesday that there would be no reopening of the Obamacare markets," wrote Adam Cancryn, Nancy Cook, and Susannah Luthi. "That declaration surprised even some officials in the Health and Human Services Department, who believed the concept was still under consideration. And amid a crush of criticism from Democrats led by 2020 front runner Joe Biden, it worried officials who viewed the verdict as an unforced error in the middle of a historic pandemic."

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Trump is preparing the ground for a totalitarian dictatorship

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We're all going to know someone who has died of the coronavirus when this is over. The tragic news is all over Facebook and Twitter already. My friend Patricia Bosworth, the actress and biographer, died on Friday of the virus. Everyone has friends and acquaintances who have the virus, family members who have died, favorite musicians or actors and friends of friends who are sick and dying. The virus has taken them from us, but so has Donald Trump with his inaction and lying and childish finger-pointing and failure to take responsibility.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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