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‘This is crazy, crazy stuff’: Top Trump aide is desperately backpedaling after report reveals he trashed the president

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CNN uncovered a radio interview from August 2015 on Monday that has put President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser and one of his new picks for the Federal Reserve in an awkward spot.

The recording captures a discussion between Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore about Trump’s then-early campaign for the presidency. Both men, who now depend on Trump’s favor for their positions of power, trashed Trump’s economic policies and his attitudes toward immigrants.

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Moore called Trump’s views “extreme nativist,” “crazy,” and “dangerous.”

“I think it’s a crazy policy,” he said. “I think it’s bad economics and I think it’s even worse politics.”

Kudlow was no less scathing, obliquely comparing Trump’s immigration policies to the Holocaust.

“Donald Trump and his policies are doing damage to the stock market,” Kudlow said. “This is nuts. This is crazy stuff. This is crazy, crazy stuff.”

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Reached for comment by CNN, Kudlow furiously backpedaled:

I should’ve never said it because it was never true. President Trump is actually trying like hell to fix an immigration system that’s been broken for 40 years — hurting American workers, acting as a drain on our economy — and he’s the only one with the guts to call it out and fix it.

Moore just admitted that he has said “a lot of negative things about Donald Trump before I met him.”

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Kudlow and Moore have little independent credibility apart from this incident, so their complete lack of integrity in this incident tells us little more about them as people. But it does serve as something of a window into the not-too-distant past that somehow can be forgettable: that Trump was once anathema to many prominent conservative figures, sometimes even for the right reasons. The GOP and the broader conservative movement, such as it is, has been almost entirely consumed by his presidency. But the fact that it was so easily consumed, and with so little whiplash, reveals how hollow it was in the first place.


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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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