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Trump transition team member heaps praise on Justin Amash — and calls him more of a Republican than the president

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) enraged followers of President Donald Trump when he announced Robert Mueller’s report was a “tipping point” for him. Amash was the first Republican to break ranks and fellow members of his party are now coming after him.

Former Trump transition team member J.W. Verret told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that it’s nice to have someone out on the limb with him.

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“People asked me who was going to be the first to stand up. I predicted Amash,” Verret said. “Not because he’s not a real Republican, frankly he’s more Republican than Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump put together. [He’s got] a 100 percent rating with Heritage [Foundation], with the American Conservative Union, the NRA. He’s far more conservative than they are. He came in on the tea party revolution. He’s just an honorable guy. He read the report and spoke up about how the emperor has no clothes here. He told the truth when nobody else would.”

Republican consultant Ana Navarro agreed, saying that many Republicans have left the party for the Trump party.

“Republican qualification is measured not by principles or convictions or beliefs but by absolute loyalty to Donald Trump,” she said Monday. “Today we have less Republicans in Congress. But they are far more loyal to Donald Trump. Donald Trump made sure that was the case. He targeted and attacked Republicans who dared descend against him in 2018. Anybody who spoke up against him and criticized him and found fought with him and spoke truth about him, and they lost primaries.”

The host quoted John Boehner who famously announced it was no longer the Republican Party. “It’s the party of Trump,” he said.

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‘That’s total nonsense’: Bill Kristol punches Santorum right between the eyes on Trump’s failing trade policy

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum said he was personally offended on Sunday after conservative writer Bill Kristol attacked President Donald Trump's trade policy.

During a segment about Trump's trade war with China, Kristol noted that the president seems "demoralized" and "depressed."

"His economists have told him privately we're slowing down and we're at some risk of toppling into a recession," Kristol explained. "His political people have told him his numbers are going down not up."

The conservative writer pointed to Trump's racist attacks on black lawmakers as one mistake he has made.

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WATCH: Larry Kudlow wilts under barrage of questions about Trump’s conflicting trade war comments

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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CNN anchor says Trump is ‘arsonist-in-chief’ on the economy: ‘Start practicing your stop, drop and roll’

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Conservative CNN anchor S.E. Cupp blasted President Donald Trump for taking a "blow torch to the U.S. economy this week."

"If it feels like the world is on fire, that’s because it literally is," Cupp said. "New reports that yesterday a U.S. plane made its way to South America to help local authorities fight the massive fires ripping through the Amazon, the world’s largest rain forest."

"The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro finally caved to global pressure to authorize the country's military to assist in putting the fires out. That afterBolsonaro initially accused his critics of intentionally starting the fires -- to make him look bad," she said. "Chaos, delayed action, conspiracy theories, sound familiar?

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