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Jared Kushner gets shut down after complaining Mueller hurt America more than Russian meddling

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Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, told TIME magazine senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit that the Mueller report was worse for the country than Russia’s “Facebook ads” — and got shut down after he took it a step too far, claiming the president’s 2016 campaign was blind to the Kremlin’s efforts to hack the election.

“We ran a very untraditional campaign, and we had a lot of outsiders coming in,” Kushner said by way of excusing the Trump campaign’s cozying up to a foreign adversary. “In the beginning we couldn’t get a lot of the people from Washington to work with the campaign.”

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“You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent, and do it, and it’s a terrible thing,” Kushner went on. “I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple Facebook ads.”

“It was a lot more than a few Facebook ads,” protested Bennett. “There were Russian operatives organizing real events during the campaign. It had a real world impact on their social media campaign.”

“Not only that, but Russia was actively hacking and stealing documents, that they then systematically released at certain key points during the campaign,” Bennett continued. “One of the biggest things that doesn’t sit well with the public is why didn’t the Trump campaign openly say ‘Russia, we don’t need your help, we don’t want your help. please stop?'”

“First of all, in the campaign we didn’t know that Russia was doing what they were doing,” Kushner said but Bennett slapped him down.

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“By October 6th the U.S intelligence services did make the assessment public,” Bennett said. “That Russia was involved in a social media campaign to influence the election.”

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‘Both Putin and Xi will be voting Trump in 2020’: NYT columnist says Russia and China want ‘turmoil and chaos’

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The Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China are both rooting for President Donald Trump to win re-election in 2020, a New York Times columnist argued on MSNBC on Thursday.

Thomas Friedman was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on "The Last Word."

"What do we know about how the leaders of other countries see Donald Trump at this stage in their dealings with him?" O'Donnell asked. "Especially this weekend, when it comes at the end of a week in which they’ve heard him call himself the King of Israel, they have heard him say he is The Chosen One. They have heard all the crazy things that everyone here has heard the president say."

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Trump is ‘not a stable genius’: GOP strategist says the president ‘doesn’t remember who and where he is’

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President Donald Trump's mental fitness is lacking, a top Republican strategist explained on "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, blasted the commander-in-chief.

"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.

"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."

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George Washington Bridge shut down for all traffic as Bomb Squad investigates suspicious device

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Traffic in New York City slowed to gridlock on Friday after authorities shut down the world's busiest vehicular bridge.

"All traffic on the George Washington Bridge has been closed off due to reports of a suspicious device on the span linking New York and New Jersey," CBS New York reported Thursday.

"According to police sources, the Port Authority Police Department has called in the Bergen County Bomb Squad to help with their investigation," CBS added. "Sources tell CBS2 the NYPD has not been called in yet to assist with the possible threat."

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