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‘Addiction to hate’: Texas Democrat hints Trump is bungling border security for sinister purposes

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Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) suggested President Donald Trump was deliberately creating a crisis at the border to help feed his “addiction to hate.”

The Texas Democrat appeared Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where she shamed the president for joking along with supporters at a Florida rally about shooting asylum seekers as they crossed the border.

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“It made me very, very sad, very sad for our country,” Escobar said, “that we are at such a moral rock bottom and that we have a president who has created an addiction to hate, an addiction to bigotry and he uses every opportunity he can to feed and grow that addiction. We are in so many crises, we are juggling as Americans so many crises. This morals crisis is very painful to watch unfold.”

Escobar, whose district covers the border near El Paso, ripped the Trump administration’s “total incompetence” at managing immigration and border issues, and she wondered if there might be a sinister purpose to that bungling.

“Their decision to move Customs (and) Border Protection agents from our ports has created a semi-shutdown at our border, at our ports of entry on the economic side, on the trade side,” she said. “That’s one example when you’re thinking, is there any common sense here? Why wasn’t there any strategy or planning for this?”

Escobar said she and others who live near the U.S.-Mexico border have been warning for months that more migrants would arrive as the weather warmed in spring, and she said the administration was completely unprepared to handle the situation.

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“You take a look at the judicial side, you have a Department of Justice that still has an iron grip on its judges and a president that has stalled funds for new judges and for the ancillary personnel that they need,” she said.

The lawmaker said she didn’t trust the administration to do the right thing, and wondered darkly if they were purposefully doing the wrong thing.

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“It’s hard not to be cynical about this,” Escobar said, “and think that no matter how many resources we appropriate, we have an administration that wants to exacerbate a challenge so he can laugh when people say ‘shoot them.'”

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‘Pure baloney’: Conservative busts Trump over his bogus reason for holding off on some China tariffs

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Writing for the conservative Bulwark, columnist Andrew Egger called out Donald Trump's reasoning for his decision to hold off on some tariffs he plans to impose on China -- essentially saying the president is backing off because he now realizes he is dead wrong about the impact on American consumers.

On Tuesday the White House announced the postponement of Chinese imports that included cell phones, laptops and video game console that were  scheduled to go into effect on September 1 -- bumping the date out until 2 weeks before Christmas.

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‘We will have her back’: Jewish constituents rally behind Rashida Tlaib amid Trump attacks

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"I can't wait to show my grandmother how I was supported by all of you—it would bring her so much joy," said Tlaib, who attended a rally organized by Jewish activists Friday night.

Dozens of Rep. Rashida Tlaib's Jewish constituents rallied in Detroit Friday evening during Shabbat to show solidarity with their congresswoman as she faces attacks from President Donald Trumpover her refusal to visit Israel under the Netanyahu government's restrictive conditions.

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Trump says Apple will spend ‘vast sums’ in US

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Donald Trump said Friday that tech giant Apple would be spending "vast sums" of money in the US in a tweet ahead of a dinner meeting with its CEO Tim Cook.

The men have had several informal meetings before, including at Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is reportedly on a working holiday at his golf course.

"Having dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. They will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great!" he tweeted at around 7 pm local time.

The meeting follows Thursday's announcement from Apple that it has invested roughly $60 billion in the US, and currently employs some 90,000 people in the country.

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