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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.

“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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Far-right Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in Washington to stress Italy’s closeness to Trump administration

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Matteo Salvini, the far-right Italian deputy prime minister, spoke during a visit to Washington on Monday of his "closeness" to President Donald Trump's administration.

Salvini, whose powerful League party did well in last month's European Parliament elections, met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and was due to meet later with Vice President Mike Pence in the White House.

Salvini, whose party is often at odds with their coalition partners, the Five Star Movement, played down his own role in cracking down on boats trying to save migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa.

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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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Masters of manipulation: the evolution of ‘puppy dog eyes’

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Ever wondered how dogs learned to use their "puppy eyes" to bend us to their will?

It turns out our pet pooches have evolved human-like eyebrow muscles, which let them make the sad faces that melt our hearts, according to a new study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

It involved dissecting the cadavers of domestic dogs and comparing them to those of wild wolves, our best friends' ancestors, whom they branched off from around 33,000 years ago (don't worry, no animals were killed for the research).

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