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White House spokesperson denies it was ‘awkward’ to have to praise Trump after he reportedly threw tantrum

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Appearing on Fox News with “Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley claimed there was nothing awkward or humiliating about having President Donald Trump call on staffers to testify to his calmness during a live press conference following reports he stormed oput of a meeting..

With host Kurtz giving Gidley a helping hand by calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) claims that Trump slammed his hand down and stormed out of an infrastructure meeting into question, the spokesperson compleined about the news coverage.

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“When he [Trump] leaves a meeting with Nancy Pelosi, and all they do is mischaracterize his demeanor and take whatever she says lock, stock and barrel — I mean, it would be so nice to have a complicit, compliant media the way the Democrats do, but we don’t,” Gidley confessed.

As for having to praise Trump as Gidley did when asked about the meeting in question — only for it to be revealed that he wasn’t in attendance — Gidley called it part of his job.

“Was it awkward for all of the advisers to have to vouch for the boss?” Kurtz asked.

“Absolutely not, ” Gidley shot back. “Especially when you’re in the face of 92 percent negative news coverage against you.”

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Gidley later battled with Kurtz who pointed out that there was no dispute that Trump left the meeting “abruptly”, with the White House spokesperson — true to form — quibbling over what exactly “abruptly” means.

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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