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Maddow slams Trump’s era of government officials ‘saving the country from the commander-in-chief’ with leaks

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Image via screengrab.

Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States’ interests to help Russia.

The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.

Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.

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“What Isikoff figured out, is that in the very first few days of the Trump Administration, top Trump officials were dispatched to the State Department to immediately tell State Department employees that Trump wanted to unilaterally drop sanctions against Russia. He wanted to get rid of U.S. Sanctions on Russia on his own say-so alone,” she explained. “He dispatched top officials to the State Department his first days in office to tell State Department staffers they needed to help put together whatever plans might be necessary to get that done to give Putin what he most wanted.”

“The veteran officials decided this was alarming enough behavior that they sound the alarm to other veteran and recently retired State Department officials and they had in plan a motion to let Congress know this was happening,” she continued.

In both cases, officials leaked the news.

“This idea of saving the country from the commander-in-chief, protecting national security interests from a president who is believed to pose a threat to them, that gets talked about as if it’s still an abstract or a future risk question. Turns out we are living in that era right now,” she concluded.

“That is not supposed to be the way it goes,” Maddow noted.

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US President Donald Trump late Friday lashed out anew at ByteDance, issuing a fresh executive order stating the Chinese internet giant must sell its interest in the Musical.ly app it bought and merged with TikTok.

The order builds on sweeping restrictions issued last week by Trump that TikTok and WeChat end all operations in the US, his latest explosive moves aimed at countering China's rising global power.

ByteDance bought karaoke video app Musical.y from a Chinese rival about three years ago in a deal valued at nearly a billion dollars. It was incorporated into TikTok, which became a global sensation.

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Trump’s campaign has plans to disrupt coverage of the Democratic convention: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump will be hitting the road next week where he will visit battleground states in an effort to steal headlines while the Democrats hold their national convention to select former Vice President Joe Biden as their presidential nominee.

With the physical convention set aside due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrats will hold a virtual convention that will feature a host of high-profile Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama among others, and Trump's campaign wants to get the president out front of them and grab the limelight.

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US President Donald Trump on Friday visited his younger brother Robert at a hospital in New York, where he is being treated for an undisclosed illness.

The US leader, who was wearing a face mask upon arriving at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, entered through a back door and stayed about 45 minutes, according to an AFP reporter covering the trip.

US media reports say the president's brother is seriously ill, although there were no details.

Trump, who was stopping in New York on the way to his golf club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend, told reporters only that "he's having a hard time."

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