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Trump’s own White House revealed how the president failed in Putin call: Obama’s ambassador to Russia



Former Ambassador Michael McFaul explained how President Donald Trump failed in his Friday phone call with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

The Stanford professor was interviewed on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” with guest-host Steve Kornacki.

“Michael McFaul, I wonder from the standpoint of Putin and folks around him in Russia how this conversation — at least as we now understand it — how they read it,” Kornacki said. “If this is something that the president initiated, they certainly know that the Mueller report came out recently. The president has this conversation, does not bring up this topic of election interference, what does that read as to Putin and folks in Moscow?”

“Great news,” McFaul replied.

“If you read their readout, number one initiated by us, so it is a good question why did we initiate the call? What was the objective of the call? But then when you read off the Russian side, they are putting down their markers about their policy,” he noted.


Prior to his Senate confirmation as ambassador, McFaul served in President Barack Obama’s White House as his senior Russia advisor. He explained how that experience informed his take on Trump’s call with Putin.

“Steve, I used to work at the White House for President Obama, I used to set up these phone calls with the Russians. We would write the readout of the call before the call happened, tweak it perhaps to state what our policy objectives were.

“So, for instance, if I were writing the readout, I would have said we talked about how Russia should not interfere in Venezuela. We talked about how Russia should withdraw their forces and their support for separatists in Ukraine. We talked about dire consequences if they intervene in our elections in 2020,” he explained.


“The president’s readout had none of that kind of language,” he noted.


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‘White nationalists with never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate



CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racists outburts at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."

The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.

"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merrian-Webster published.

"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.

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Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America



On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.

"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."

"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."

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Trump ‘pulled the ultimate BBQ Becky’: Joy Reid destroys the racist push to get critics to ‘self-deport’



MSNBC anchor Joy Reid declared that Donald Trump "pulled the ultimate BBQ Becky" with his racist attack on young women of color in Congress.

In 2008, a woman became known as "BBQ Becky" after calling the police on a black family having a barbecue in an Oakland park. The 911 dispatcher who received the call wondered about BBQ Becky's mental health the ordeal was so surreal.

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