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GOP senators exhausted from defending Trump as their relationship grows worse with every scandal: report

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President Donald Trump’s unprecedented leadership style is causing “intraparty” struggles as Republicans grow weary of dealing with the president’s never-ending list of scandals.

According to a report from Politico, Republicans are at “odds” with Trump.

“It’s an unusual time in Trump’s Washington, with a Senate Republican majority that’s been at odds with the president for months now — and with GOP senators increasingly comfortable in trying to ward off what they see as Trump’s worst impulses. It’s an inflection point, with Senate Republicans weighing how hard to try to contain the president,” the report said.

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Senate Republicans are disagreeing with Trump on issues such as immigration, the space force, and his process of fulfilling multiple vacancies in the White House.

“We’ve been down this road so many times, it’s hard for me to measure,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said. “It just happened to be issues that came to the surface at the same time.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) tried to “downplay the feuds” surrounding Trump’s space force proposal.

“This moment is a little more stacked than probably most other moments,” he told Politico. “The president is very good at trial balloons and pulling back.”

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Tensions between Trump and Republics have been ongoing and growing.

“The tensions between Trump and Senate Republicans have raged for four months, an arc that intersects neatly with when Mick Mulvaney took the reins as the president’s acting chief of staff and helped goad the president into a shutdown that lawmakers loathed — and then into a national emergency declaration that a dozen Republicans voted against on the Senate floor,” the report said.

“The president has his own way of doing things and it’s unconventional and it upsets some people,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA.) said. “This is not Olympic gymnastics where you get style points. This is results.”

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White House personnel chief delivers a new blow to Trump: Top DHS candidates are not legally qualified

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President Donald Trump's quest to find an acting replacement for departed Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen was dealt a significant blow on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House personnel office chief Sean Doocey has informed the president that he doesn't believe either of his top two picks are legally qualified to hold the position.

As the Journal notes, "federal statute that governs vacancies states that acting officials in cabinet-level positions must either be next in line for a position or hold a Senate-confirmed position." Neither Ken Cuccinelli, who heads the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, nor Mark Morgan, who leads Customs and Border Protection, meet those standards, Doocey determined.

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CNBC reporter laments ‘very sad’ decline of Trump: ‘We just heard 20 minutes of nonsense’

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CNBC's John Harwood reacted to President Donald Trump's appearance before the press corps on Monday by calling it "20 minutes of nonsense."

Trump's remarks to the press came during a cabinet meeting where he defended his decision to pull troops out of Syria and insisted that the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution is "phony."

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Trump went off the rails at Monday’s cabinet meeting — here are the 5 craziest moments

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President Donald Trump went on a rampage during his Monday cabinet meeting in which he launched multiple broadsides against his political opponents.

The president's latest public tirade came as he is facing increased pressure from House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, as well as criticism from members of his own party over abandoning America's Kurdish allies and trying to award his own business a massive government contract to host next year's G7 summit.

Below are the craziest moments from Trump's off-the-rails Cabinet meeting.

1.) Trump claims that he deserves personal credit for capturing Islamic State fighters.

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