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Here are the 5 weirdest Trump rants after his medical billing presser goes awry

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President Donald Trump was supposed to come together with Democrats for a bipartisan press conference about a bill that would stop “surprise” medical bills after emergencies. It was staged with officials and doctors in white lab coats, but when given the opportunity to make remarks and answer questions, the president spoke about everything other than the positive reason both parties came together.

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Below are the weirdest and most shocking claims Trump made during his press conference Thursday:

1. John Kerry should be prosecuted for talking to Iran

According to Trump, former Sec. of State John Kerry has been speaking with Iranians, which the president said violates the Logan Act. Trump has done little to prove that Kerry has done anything illegal, but that hasn’t stopped him from accusations before.

Assuming he’s saying simply “talking” to a foreign power without authorization is a violation, it would also mean Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn also violated the Logan Act.

In wake of the Flynn revelations, House Republicans argued for getting rid of the Logan Act.

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2. Adam Schiff attacks continue

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Trump has been attacking top Intelligence Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff for questioning the president and his advisors for questionable behavior. Trump claimed that Schiff “cons” Americans every time he steps up to a microphone, a rich accusation coming from Trump.

The president has a tendency to accuse others of what he does himself.

3. Trump says he calms John Bolton’s warhawkery.

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During the Thursday press event, Trump admitted that John Bolton is even more extreme than him.

“I actually temper John,” Trump told the press. “I’m a little more dove-ish.”

Indeed, Bolton has been an extreme hawk, particularly when it involves going to war with Iran.

4. Donald Trump Jr. is innocent because Trump is

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As the president tried to spin his son’s legal problems (lying to Congress), he explained that Donald Trump Jr. was innocent because the president was “exonerated.”

“My son was totally exonerated by Robert Mueller,” Trump claimed.

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5. Trump talks about his “beautiful letter” from President Xi of China as trade negotiations break down.

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The stock market is dropping Thursday morning amid concerns that Trump’s tariffs will go into effect at midnight. Negotiations with China over a trade deal have broken down, with Chinese negotiators saying the United States is “bluffing” in its threats.

“I happen to think that tariffs for our country are very powerful,” Trump told reporters.

It appears as though Trump has yet to actually read the letter.

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Ex-GOP impeachment manager ripped to shreds on CNN for ‘upside down’ defense of Trump’s conduct

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On CNN Monday, two veterans of the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton clashed over whether President Donald Trump was guilty of impeachable offenses.

"My view is that the phrase that the president's lawyers included in their six-page answer over the weekend is absolutely ironclad, perfectly correct," said Bob Barr, a former House impeachment manager against Clinton. "The language in the Constitution says very clearly that the only basis on which a president can be impeached and removed from office is treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. You have to have a crime. And no matter how much rhetoric you put around that to try and get around it, that is a fact, a legal fact, you have to have a crime."

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Donald Trump and Ben Carson are destroying one of MLK’s most enduring legacies

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act just days after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King -- and President Donald Trump's Housing secretary wants to undo that legacy.

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The white nationalist fantasy of ancient Christian-Muslim conflict would get an ‘F’ in history class

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When I first heard the tragic news of the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, I was preparing a lecture for my Introduction to Western Religions course on Jesus in the Qur’an. This lecture asks a deceptively simple question: How was Islam different from Christianity in the 7th century? As a historian of religion, I like to use questions like this to challenge my students to interrogate the definitions of religion that we use and how we understand the borders between religions like Christianity and Islam. Who built these borders, and when did they first appear?

This article was originally published at Religion Dispatches

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