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Revealed: The real reason Trump took off for presidential retreat at Camp David

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President Donald Trump took a hastily organized trip to Camp David, apparently to get away from some of his advisers and family members.

Some of his aides said the trip was a much-needed break from life in the White House, and officials declined to provide a readout of the president’s calls and activities, reported CNN.

No communications staffers joined Trump on the outing, which the president announced Saturday on his Twitter account.

Trump visited the Maryland presidential retreat without his family, the vice president or any senior policy aides, as he usually has done when visiting Camp David.

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Only a handful of junior staffers, including social media director Dan Scavino, joined him this weekend.

Trump insisted that multiple Iran meetings were on his agenda, his national security adviser John Bolton was in Jerusalem and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was preparing for a trip to Brussels.

“We’re going to have meetings and a lot of work,” Trump told reporters, before leaving. “We have a series of meetings, and, more importantly, a series of very well connected phone calls. We have a great phone system up there.”

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Trump catapulted a baseless smear about Omar’s marriage from the online fringes into the political mainstream

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President Donald Trump pushed a baseless smear against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that originated in the online fringes -- as he incited a North Carolina rally crowd to launch a racist chant.

The president told his supporters in Greenville that he'd heard Omar had married her brother, an evidence-free claim that was first posted online in August 2016 as her political career began to take off but has since gained traction in conservative media, reported The Daily Beast.

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CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist

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During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.

While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.

Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.

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Trump snaps at NYT columnist who called him a racist: ‘Really Nasty to me in his average I.Q. Columns’

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President Donald Trump raged over a widely read column published this week by the New York Times' Thomas Friedman.

Friedman has made the rounds on cable news this week to discuss his column, "Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?” -- which worries that Democrats are going to blow their shot to remove the president from office in next year's election.

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