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MSNBC analyst torches White House Russia ‘insanity’: ‘Dear Leader’s feelings are more important than national security’

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A pair of MSNBC analysts torched President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner for downplaying — and even ignoring — Russian efforts to manipulate American democracy.

Kushner on Tuesday complained that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump-Russia campaign ties was worse than Kremlin efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and “Morning Joe” political analyst Mike Barnicle was appalled.

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“The combination of arrogance and ignorance that he displayed in answering that question is nearly breathtaking, but it is predictable,” Barnicle said. “It is also very predictable as to why so many members of the intelligence community did not want to give him a security clearance. Based on that answer, he ought not to have a security clearance.”

MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, a White House and State Department aide during the George W. Bush administration, expressed shock and disgust about reports that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney prevented ousted Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from telling the president about her work against future Russian meddling.

“It is mind-blowing to me that Dear Leader’s feelings are more important than protecting the integrity of fair and free elections,” Jordan said. “It’s insanity that we have a leader whose ego will not allow us to address critical national security threats because his feelings might be hurt and because it calls into question his election.”

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Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’

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President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.

According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.

"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."

"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."

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Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.

Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.

While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.

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Conservative columnist nails the infectious diseases the Trump White House is suffering from

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On Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot revealed the "diseases" at the heart of President Donald Trump's administration that are weakening their capacity to respond to the very real disease threat from coronavirus.

Simply put: Fevered nationalism, hatred of the civil service, and a pathological desire to erase the legacy of President Barack Obama.

"Covid-19 has already infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths, and experts doubt it will slow in the spring," wrote Boot. "That a virus that started in China could have a bad impact on the United States should be no surprise: Diseases don’t respect borders any more than terrorists or trade flows do. Transnational threats require transnational solutions. To cite but one example, many of the medicines and medical supplies that Americans need, including N95 face masks, come from China."

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