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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.

“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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Congress needs to ‘follow the rubles’ on Trump: Oversight congressman

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told host Wolf Blitzer that Congress needs to "follow the rubles" on Trump to find out why he expresses an affinity for Russia to the point of contradicting U.S. national security interests.

"As you know, The New York Times is reporting that President Trump is being largely kept in the dark by his own administration about cyberweapons being developed for use against Russia's infrastructure as a warning to the Russians not to use their cyber warfare capabilities against America's power grid and America's infrastructure," said Blitzer. "What national security concerns does this raise, the president not being fully informed about what is going on?"

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Pentagon releases photos saying it proves Iran was responsible for oil tanker fire

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The Pentagon is releasing high-resolution photos showing what they say proves mines were not the only cause of the oil tanker fire that President Donald Trump has alleged was an attack.

CNN Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr said that the Pentagon released the photos after so much doubt surrounded the allegations. The legacy of the war in Iraq has prompted many to speculate that the claim of an Iranian attack is part of a ploy by the Trump government, who is eager to go to war with Iran.

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CNN’s April Ryan delivers brutal assessment of Trump’s 2020 kickoff: ‘He’s going in looking like a loser’

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CNN's April Ryan on Monday delivered a brutal assessment of the state of President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign on the day before he's set to officially launch his reelection effort.

During a discussion about pollsters getting fired from the Trump campaign in the wake of brutal polling numbers getting leaked, Ryan said the president can't be happy to see so much news coverage of polls showing him losing badly to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Democratic polls are saying that Joe Biden would beat him if the election were to happen today," she said. "They're also saying any Democrat would beat him if the election were today! This does not bode well for the Trump brand, it does not bode well for his presidency. He is going in looking like a loser."

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