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Pompeo’s conservative allies growing increasingly upset as he pushes Trump’s protectionist agenda

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the withdrawal from the INF Treaty. (AFP / Eric BARADAT)

On Tuesday, trade talks with China appeared to stall. The diplomatic standstill wreaked havoc on the stock market. And now, it appears that by promoting Trump’s position on trade, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is angering free trade proponents on the right.

CNBC reports that Pompeo has begun to frustrate conservatives who believe in open borders by seemingly embracing Trump’s anti-trade agenda. That in turn might complicate his chances if he runs for office.

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“Since becoming secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has embraced President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade stances, particularly when it comes to China,” CNBC writes.

“Yet while he is pushing the president’s agenda, Pompeo is risking his long-standing alliance with free-trade groups like the Koch network, which backed him during his political rise as a Republican former congressman from Kansas.”

If Pompeo has Presidential aspirations, his current job may undermine them.

“‘Pompeo is traditionally a Koch-backed free trader. Since joining the administration, [Pompeo] has layered ‘America First’ on top of that to assist Trump’s efforts to level the playing field with China,” Dan Eberhart, a leading Republican donor, told CNBC. “The Kochs have a litmus test so this might foreclose the door on them helping him.”

Bill Riggs, a spokesman for the Koch network, told CNBC that “our focus is really on policy,” when asked about Pompeo’s role in supporting the trade war, which the group opposes. “We support the administration’s stated and ultimate goal of zero tariffs and zero barriers, but more tariffs are the wrong way to get there.”

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President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the fact that he lost the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a Washington Post deep-dive published online Saturday night.

The story, by Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Amy Gardner, was titled, "20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election."

"The facts were indisputable: President Trump had lost. But Trump refused to see it that way," the newspaper reported. "Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like 'Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.'’"

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A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania has cast doubt on his own legitimacy to serve in Congress with his failed lawsuit attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) attempted to have the courts block certification of the 2020 election results, but his effort was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

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‘Another win for democracy’: Pennsylvania AG celebrates Trump’s latest loss in court

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Republican efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election continued to be rejected by judges on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro celebrated the ruling on Twitter.

"BREAKING: We just notched another win for democracy," Shapiro tweeted, with a red siren emoji.

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