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CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Mike Pence with defense official calling Trump a liar over aborted Iran attack excuses

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In a rare appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Vice President Mike Pence was grilled by host Jake Tapper over Donald Trump’s claim that the Pentagon was tardy with presenting him with casualty estimates regarding a military attack that was aborted at the last minute.

As Tapper asked Pence about the presidential claim, he noted that a Defense Department insider called the president’s public pronouncement about why he allowed the military operation to proceed so far before aborting nonsensical.

“You said President Trump got that information late in the process and that confusing to me defense official I spoke to who said, any time military options are presented to the president, the potential casualty assessment, the battle assessment is one of the first things that the president would be told,” Tapper began.

“Now President Trump said yesterday that he got, quote, ‘very odd numbers early on in terms of the assessment,’ the casualty assessment. What does that mean and why would the president only get the casualty numbers, as you put it, late in the process?” he asked the vice president.

“What I can tell you without talking about the details of those deliberations, is that the president was provided with casualty assessments and a whole range of information,” Pence began as Tapper cut him off, with, “But only at the beginning?”

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“Really throughout,” Pence offered. “But as the president indicated late in the process, there were more specific projections given to him relative to the targets that he was prepared to use force against and he concluded — he concluded it was not a proportionate response to shooting down an unmanned American aircraft.”

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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."

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CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.

"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."

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Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’

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In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.

When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.

"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."

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