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Trump White House in chaos and dysfunction darting between trade war and threatened real war with Iran: NYT reporter

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Donald Trump’s famously undisciplined White House is under further chaos due to the president’s decisions on the world stage.

“Tonight the jarring chaos currently under way. Financial markets roiling amid a trade war. Stocks on the Dow plunging over 600 points as China hits us back on tariffs,” MSNBC anchor Brian Williams reported.

“Then tonight we learned about contingencies for U.S. Troops going to war with Iran as the president says, ‘we’ll see what happens.’ Plus, Trump plans a new meeting with Putin, Rod Rosenstein takes aim at Jim Comey, and Trump’s own FBI director appears to be his next big target,” he continued.

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For analysis, the host turned to New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker.

“Well, you read off the list of stories you just did and you feel like you’re caught in the middle of a hurricane,” Baker explained. I”n Washington we have a name for it, it’s called Monday. We just — this presidency time and time again you just see so many things happening all at once, it’s hard to get your head around any one thing.”

“We’re in a tariff war with China. We may be in a shooting war with Iran. We are obviously in a political war between the president and Congress,” he explained.

“You know, how do you settle which of these things is the most important to follow?” he wondered. “It’s bewildering and perplexing for people, policymakers, as well as journalists who are trying to sort of get their thumbs on what this presidency is all about.”

“The long-term thing is probably the China thing, probably the tariff war, because hat goes to the heart of his presidency which is to say Economics. The thing that is going to lift him or not in next year’s election may be the economy. He does have a good economy going right now. It’s kept him going through all the different scandals and all these different controversies,” Baker explained. “People look at their own pocketbooks. But whether that is going to stay the same if we continue to be in this war over trade with China is a big, open question.”

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‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted

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MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.

"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."

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Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’

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President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.

According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.

"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."

"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."

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Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.

Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.

While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.

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