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CNN’s Erin Burnett schools Rick Santorum for claim Trump was right to fire pollsters with epic video

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On Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to spin the news that President Donald Trump fired his pollsters after leaks revealed that they showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden in key states — and CNN’s Erin Burnett smacked him down with Trump’s own words.

“The internal polls are probably not so great,” said Santorum. “I think he fired them because they leaked, and maybe he feels that they were somehow responsible for that leak. But he is right that you don’t worry about early polls. I ran in 20 elections. Maybe with the exception of three or four, I was behind in every early poll at this point in time, and I won a bunch of elections. So the reality is there’s a long way to go. And the president sometimes, I know this is going to shock you, overreacts to these things.”

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“So you know I have to say, Senator, we had great enjoyment putting some of this together today,” said Burnett. “Trump adores polls. He obsesses over polls. He lives by polls and popularity contests. He has spent, in fact, 20 years gloating about polls. Here are a few times.”

She put up clips of Trump saying that the polls have been “unbelievable,” that “When they put me in polls everyone says I should run for president,” and calling himself a “poll maven” who is “like the all-time expert on polls.”

“Okay, Senator. A maven who believes in polls except for now,” said Burnett.

“Well, the president likes good polls,” said Santorum, chuckling awkwardly. “I think this is probably a good thing that they’re presenting him with some bad polls. He has work to do. I think he knows that. These individual polls in these states, I know when I go to the White House, is he going to win Pennsylvania? I get that question all the time. My answer is ultimately, I think he will, but he is not winning Pennsylvania right now. Because he doesn’t have an opponent and he has a lot of work to do to explain the good things he has accomplished for the country.”

“Part of what is interesting about this exchange about polls is that it appears that he didn’t tell the truth,” said Burnett. “He told George Stephanopoulos about the leaked polls which were bad and leaked from team Trump, he told him that that wasn’t the case … You have to wonder — I’m curious from a psychological point of view whether he believes that now. If it were true, he would be bragging about the numbers.”

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria reveals how he almost got ensnared in Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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CNN International reporter Fareed Zakaria revealed Wednesday that he was the one chosen to do the interview with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he was expecting to announce the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.

According to Zakaria, he went to Kyiv to do research and prepare for the interview, but just after news of the whistleblower report became public, "the interview fell apart."

"First, let me be clear. Of course, we had no knowledge that President Zelensky was going to announce this investigation into the Bidens and into 2016 during the interview," Zakaria told CNN's Jake Tapper after Wednesday's impeachment hearings had concluded.

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CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.

"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.

"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."

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Trump suffers ‘Impostor Syndrome’ on a level ‘previously unknown to man’: Art of the Deal co-author

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz broke down President Donald Trump's mental state — and suggested that the president has a subconscious, pathological fear of being exposed as a fraud.

"Knowing the president as you do, how do you think he is going to handle next couple of days of this public testimony?" asked Cooper. "He obviously watches a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it, but he clearly does."

"Well, I think that he is in two places right now," said Schwartz. "I'm sorry to say this, because one of them seems fine. Which, for — to me, which is I suspect, he is in — his nervous system is in a very high state of activation, and God save you to be around him right now. Because this is the ultimate humiliation, to have his election called into question."

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