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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.”

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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.

“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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Vice President Mike Pence is seemingly complicit in President Donald Trump's apparent extortion and bribery plot, based on the transcript of a press conference the VP held in Poland on September 2. At issue is a whistleblower's complaint that the White House refuses to release. It is believed it says Trump repeatedly threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine until, or in exchange for, that country digging up and handing over dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. There is no evidence any dirt was found or even exists.

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Britain's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament, in a seismic case that could have profound implications for Brexit and the country's constitutional foundations.

If the verdict goes against Johnson, it could see parliament rapidly reassemble and would inevitably trigger questions about his position, having unlawfully advised Queen Elizabeth II to suspend parliament.

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South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease.

The latest case was confirmed at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border where the nation's first case was recorded, according to Seoul's agriculture ministry.

South Korea has culled around 15,000 pigs since the first case was reported on Sept 17.

"We have carried out an immediate culling and are proceeding with an epidemiological investigation," the ministry said in a statement, adding that some 2,300 pigs were being raised at the affected farm.

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