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Trump’s ‘foolish’ plan for dealing with Kim Jong-un looks set to ‘blow up in his face’: North Korea expert

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President Donald Trump’s decision to escalate his trade war with China could completely ruin his plans to get North Korea to give up his nuclear weapons, one North Korean expert has told CNBC.

Harry Kazianis, the director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest, told the network that Trump is playing with fire by announcing increases in tariffs on China even as North Korea has started firing off missiles again.

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“Donald Trump today tweeting out about increasing tariffs and things of that nature, he needs to be a little careful because his North Korea policy could blow up in his face,” he said.

The reason Trump’s trade threats to China could doom his North Korea initiative is that China is responsible for enforcing sanctions that have been leveled against the country.

“Think about it this way: 90 percent of North Korea’s exports go to China,” Kazianis said. “[China] could end maximum pressure in days by just opening up the border.”

Kazianis also knocked the administration’s overall strategy for getting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear weapons.

“I think the Trump administration would be quite foolish to keep going after this so-called big deal where the North Koreans basically give up all their nuclear weapons, and then when that’s over, we remove the sanctions,” he said. “I don’t think that’ll work.”

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Jeb Bush wonders why Republicans are not ‘stepping up’ to condemn racism

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) wondered on Friday why more Republicans were not standing publicly against racism.

"I have said it before and I will say it again now: the GOP must not tolerate racism. Of any kind. At any time," his son, George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner posted on Twitter.

He urged local GOP officials in Texas to resign for sharing racist posts on Facebook.

Jeb Bush praised the post.

"Proud of my son," he posted on Twitter.

"Are other Republican elected officials stepping up?" he wondered.

https://twitter.com/JebBush/status/1269057568015605761

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‘Not appropriate at all’: GOP senator admits it was wrong to gas protesters for Trump’s photo-op

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The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.

"As you know, outside the White House when protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there were rubber bullets and tear gas, they were disbursed so he could go for the pictures, the photo-op at the church," CNN's Erin Burnett reported.

She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.

"I would say no question the scene that I understand occurred there with the tear gas and rubber bullets was unnecessary, not appropriate at all," he replied.

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GOP Senate candidate complains schools are teaching too much ‘multiculturalism’

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On Friday, the Huffington Post reported that Corky Messner, a GOP businessman running for Senate in New Hampshire, complained that schools are teaching kids too much "multiculturalism" at a virtual town hall.

“We are essentially up against multiculturalism and the values that we know that are being taught in our public schools and universities that are not part of the values and beliefs that made this country great,” said Messner at the event, which took place on Wednesday and was flagged by Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “So we have a battle on our hands.”

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