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Trump concerned his border wall isn’t fancy enough: ‘Why not French doors?’

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President Donald Trump has pressured the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a border wall contract to a Republican donor and frequent Fox News guest.

Four administration officials and Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said the president has aggressively pushed Fisher Industries in meetings with Department of Homeland Security officials and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, who heads the Army Corps, reported the Washington Post.

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“He always brings them up,” said Cramer, who has also pushed for the company, along with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Cramer said the president had seen the company’s chief executive, Tommy Fisher, appear on Fox News and other conservative media outlets to boast he could build more than 200 miles of barrier in less than a year.

“He’s been very aggressive on TV,” said Cramer, who has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Fisher and his family.

Trump is intrigued by the company’s claims that a new weathered steel design and unconventional construction method would speed up the project, the Post reported, and cost taxpayers far less.

The president is intensely interested in aesthetic aspects of the project, giving specific but shifting instructions to Semonite and DHS officials about his taste preferences and design specifications.

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Trump has recently been demanding the wall be painted black and topped with spikes, and has complained the Army Corps contracting process is too slow and complicated.

He has dismissed concerns about maintenance costs associated with applying paint to the wall, and griped about the the hydraulic sliding gate design presently in place.

“Why not French doors?” the president asked.

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Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report

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Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.

On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.

Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.

"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.

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It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report

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The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.

The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.

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‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question

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Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.

"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.

There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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