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Mueller report will make Trump’s ‘total exoneration’ as laughable as Bush’s ‘mission accomplished’: WaPo reporter

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Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker told MSNBC on Monday that President Donald Trump’s claims of “total exoneration” may well go down in history like President George W. Bush’s premature claim of “mission accomplished” in Iraq — which famously preceded disaster for the U.S. invasion.

“I don’t know how you read the behavior of the last two weeks where he has been going in so many different directions,” said host Andrea Mitchell about Trump’s bizarre week. “He seems both emboldened and also more aggressive against his perceived opponents.”

“You could also look at what President Trump has been doing the last couple of weeks and surmise that there could be some anxiety there about the Mueller report because he has been creating so many big headlines in other areas,” replied Rucker, pointing to the president’s attacks on congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and immigration grandstanding.

“He is creating all these brush fires, which we know from covering him the last few years, this is what he does when there is a big story he wants to distract from,” Rucker continued. “You talk to the president’s aides and allies privately, and they do express some concern that the report could be politically damaging to them.”

“You have to wonder if it really is a bad report for the president, does ‘total exoneration’ become his ‘mission accomplished,'” Rucker added, “which President Bush had the banner on the aircraft carrier prematurely declaring an end to the Iraq war.”

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Morning Joe guest reveals why even Ivanka is afraid to deliver bad news to Trump: ‘He’ll explode’

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President Donald Trump's inner circle is growing smaller and smaller, and the few aides he trusts are afraid to deliver any bad news to him -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the situation was dangerous.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire if the president trusted any of his advisers, and the White House correspondent said he may still seek out counsel from Ivanka Trump.

"He might listen to his daughter, who is in there, but no," Lemire said. "That has been what's happened over the last year and a half, in particular, is the erosion of the guardrails, the erosion of adults in the room who could walk in there and say something. Mind you, it didn't always work, (but) now those people don't even exist."

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New Republican group wants to register more voters to keep Texas red

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The push by the group, a super PAC called Engage Texas, comes as national Democrats zero in on the state in 2020.

With national Democrats looking to make Texas a battleground, a new Republican group is launching to register hundreds of thousands of new voters here and convince them to help keep the state red in 2020.

The group, a super PAC named Engage Texas, is the brainchild of some of the state's biggest GOP donors, and it is led by a former top staffer at the Republican National Committee. It comes as Texas Republicans look to gain ground in an area where their Democratic counterparts have dominated in recent years: signing up new voters.

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Texans approve of Trump’s job performance but have questions about his character, UT/TT Poll says

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More than half of the state's voters think President Donald Trump is doing a good job, but they're not as pleased with some of his character traits, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

If you ask registered voters in Texas about the job performance of the people they’ve elected to high office, the top two names on their list are President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

But the support is not overwhelming: 52% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 44% disapprove. And 51% said Abbott is doing a good job, while 31% disapprove of the governor’s work.

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