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Former CIA director explains the ‘briefing’ he would give a president if Trump were a foreign leader

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace asked the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency to explain President Donald Trump if he were leading a foreign country.

The “Deadline: White House” host interviewed John Brennan on Tuesday.

“If you were still doing intel work, and you went in to brief a president about a country that’s taken this swerve and their immigration policies are so severe that they are talking about rounding up families, that they are not pressing pause because that is a moral violation, but because they couldn’t iron out the logistics … what kind of assessment would you give a policymaker if you were looking at America like a blind test, you didn’t know it was America?” Wallace asked. “You just saw someone putting in place these kinds of policies.”

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“I think we’ve seen it throughout the course of history, these authoritarian, tyrannical leaders will do anything to preserve power and to try to prevent any opposition or issue develop that could hurt them,” Brennan replied.

“Words escape me to try to describe the depth of the cruelty, the immorality and lack of empathy that this administration, I think embodied by Mr. Trump, shows to young children and to families,” he continued. “It just shows he has this very unemotional, again, unempathetic approach.”

“What does it say when you’re examining a leader who has cruelty at the center of the policy like this and everyone around him goes along. Does that leader become more ominous?” Wallace asked. “What eventually stops a leader like that?”

“It becomes much more worrisome, because they feel empowered and because they have surrounded themselves with the sycophants, with the individuals that will allow him or her to do this. If I were briefing a president about an authoritarian leader, I would say this is the track they are on and the trends are not good and we can expect to see more of this, because he feels as though he can do it with impunity,” Brennan explained.

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“Unfortunately, Mr. Trump continues to go down this road. Not only will his staff and members of the cabinet support him, but the quislings in the Senate and House in terms of Republicans and what Lindsey Graham and others are saying now in terms of flouting the law, I think this just puffs up Mr. Trump’s chest to say I can do this. Damn be the law, damn be what American values are,” he continued. “It’s really disconcerting and it should be to all of us.”

“And what is coming down the pike between now and 2020, God only knows. He probably doesn’t know either,” Brennan added.

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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