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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin immediately fact-checks Trump’s ‘continuously wrong’ claim that tariffs helped economic growth

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On Monday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin fact checked President Donald Trump’s claim that the strong GDP growth in the United States was the result of tariffs on China.

“The president is continuously wrong on the point that he keeps making that the strong GDP is a direct result of the tariffs on China,” she said.

“Let me cite a chief economist Mark Zandi in his own words. ‘No, the tariffs had nothing to do with Q 1 GDP. It was largely an impact in the surge of inventory as businesses stockpiled for fear of a trade war,” she said. “Looking at the markets, really down still today as a result of China’s retaliation.”

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The Dow dropped by nearly 700 points after China said it will raise tariffs.

“This is a clear escalation of trade tensions in our view, and against our baseline that cool heads would prevail and the worst would be avoided,” Bank of America strategist Athanasios Vamvakidis said, according to CNN.

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Americans have been conditioned by Trump not to believe intelligence — so why trust them now?: NBC analyst

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President Donald Trump denied the 19 intelligence agencies that reported Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election because they wanted him to win. According to Trump, however, none of the intelligence reports are accurate because he won the election on his own. After years lambasting the intelligence services, attacking the FBI and other law enforcement agencies working with intelligence, Trump is between a rock and a hard place.

MSNBC host, and new mom, Katy Tur noted that after being sold a bill of goods about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Americans are likely going to be skeptical. She went on to cite NBC reporter Ken Delaney, who said that American allies "don't have the most trust in us" right now.

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CNN reporter explains why the Manhattan Trump subpoena is different — and more serious — than Democrats’ investigation

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Kara Scannell analyzed the new subpoena by Manhattan prosecutors for President Donald Trump's tax and business records — and how it differs from the existing requests issued by House Democrats.

"As you know, Kara, President Trump so far has fended off multiple attempts to make his tax returns public," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Could this new subpoena in a criminal investigation in New York lead to a different result?"

"Well that is the big question here, Wolf," said Scannell. "Will Donald Trump and his lawyers and the Trump Organization move to quash the subpoena, which is in a criminal context. The other subpoenas that have been sent by the House Democrats seeking Donald Trump's financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, and also a subpoena to Mazars accounting firm, they are playing out in court. But a criminal investigation is somewhat different than what the House Democrats are looking into. There are different rules around that."

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‘He has a lot to dish’: John Bolton reportedly in talks to write a tell-all about Trump

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that former National Security Adviser John Bolton is in contact with literary agents to write a tell-all book about his time in President Donald Trump's White House.

"He has a lot to dish," said a source, telling the Beast that there was no indication that Bolton had yet decided on an agency.

Bolton, a notorious war hawk who has spent years agitating for war against Iran, has had a bumpy relationship with the president ever since he was brought in to replace General H. R. McMaster in 2018. He was reportedly frustrated that the president pushed back on military interventions in various conflicts, and told Trump at one point that he would not go on Sunday talk shows to defend his foreign policy.

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