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MSNBC’s Morning Joe reveals Trump begged him to quit ripping ‘poor young kid’ Stephen Miller

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough recalled the last time he spoke to President Donald Trump, who told him to quit criticizing his White House adviser Stephen Miller.

The “Morning Joe” host has frequently ripped Miller’s appearances on TV and his harshly anti-immigrant views, and he said the president doesn’t like that.

“The last time I had a conversation with Donald Trump, I was actually yelling over Stephen Miller,” Scarborough said. “We actually raked him over the coals for two days, Stephen Miller, for saying the president’s authority was not to be questioned. I found that to be illiberal, undemocratic and frightening, and we said that for two days.”

Scarborough found the president’s reaction to that criticism “curious.”

“It’s the only time I’ve heard Donald Trump call and yell in defense of somebody else,” he said. “He actually said, ‘You’re hurting this poor young kid.'”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski noted the irony in that statement, given Miller’s involvement in the administration’s controversial family separation policy.

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“He said, ‘You’re not being nice to this poor young kid, you’re killing him every day,'” Scarborough said. “It was the first time I’d ever heard him talk about any staff member that way. Of course, the comeback was you need to tell the poor young kid he needs to read the Constitution and stop saying the president’s authority is not to be questioned.”

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Trump’s hamfisted attempt to wag the dog with Iran unraveled fast

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

We can’t say with any certainty that Iran wasn’t behind the attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman this week, but it is clear that the Trump regime’s account of what happened unraveled very quickly. Shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a video of a small vessel removing something Pompeo said was a mine from the damaged port side of one of the ships, the vessel's owner said that it had actually been struck on its starboard side, above the waterline, by a flying object. If this were in fact an effort to pull a Gulf of Tonkin, then the fact that this was the best dog-wagging they could conjure up would be downright pathetic.    

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Dem lawmaker serves notice to Hope Hicks that Trump won’t be able to save her when he grills her during Wednesday’s hearing

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On Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) gave MSNBC's Alex Witt a brief rundown of what he wants to learn from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks at her closed-door testimony next week — and warned that if Hicks tries to use executive privilege as a shield, Democrats will not stand for it.

"Let's talk about Hope Hicks," said Witt. "What do you expect to hear from her that she has not already offered in testimony?"

"Here's what's important about Hope Hicks," said Deutch. "She was a key part of the Trump campaign, which is a large part of the report is focused on. She was a key part of the Trump Administration in the early days, and that's the reason that she's a prominent figure in the Mueller report."

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