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European diplomats snub Mike Pompeo — and turn his attempted ‘photo op’ into a failure: report

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Brussels to meet with European diplomats on Monday — but they reportedly made a point of snubbing him.

The Washington Post reports that Pompeo made an unplanned trip to Brussels to meet with European diplomats who have been trying to salvage the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from last year.

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Europeans’ fears of a war breaking out between the United States and Iran have escalated in recent weeks. As the Post reports, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt even said recently that he fears the two countries are both responsible for increasing tensions that could blow up into a full-blow conflict.

“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side,” Hunt said. “Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the path to renuclearization.”

One European diplomat tells the Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Norman that other European officials pointedly snubbed Pompeo as much as possible.

“He wanted a photo op,” the official said. “We declined and stuck to the plan.”

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President helped ‘increase anti-Trump turnout’ in red-state governor’s races — which could spell disaster for the GOP

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” polling analyst Ron Faucheux told The Washington Post in an interview.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

Chief of staff and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was one of the main points of contact, and he replied to the email saying he would schedule the call with Zelensky.

“I talked to Zelensky just now. He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone,’” Sondland wrote in an email on July 19.

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White House desperately scheduling things for Trump to do so he won’t watch the impeachment hearings

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Given President Donald Trump worked to intimidate witnesses in real-time during the hearings on the impeachment inquiry last week, the White House is desperately searching for something that can keep him busy.

Axios reported Sunday, the presidential daily schedule will be designed to keep the president distracted with their own counter-programming.

"Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing," Axios reported. He'll be promoting jobs and talking about things like "art and culture."

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