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Trump’s Mexico tariff threat was a ‘sham’ he finally gave up on after receiving major blowback: CNN contributor

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On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he had reached a deal with Mexico to reduce migration at the southern border, which he claimed averted the need to enact his 5 percent tariff on the country’s goods — no doubt relieving the businesses and GOP lawmakers who were opposed to the plan.

But Democratic strategist Maria Cardona doesn’t view this as a victory for Trump. As she said on CNN Saturday, it was yet another cave.

“I completely agree with Speaker Pelosi that this was, you know, governing by temper tantrum,” said Cardona. “And frankly, I think it was a sham. I think that he threatened these tariffs and then he got a ton of blowback from the business community and his own Republican supporters and he had to figure a way out of it.”

“And so I’m glad that Mexico and the United States are negotiating on this, but this is not the way to do this,” Cardona continued. “This is indicative of a president who has never understood the issue of immigration at its core, and frankly I don’t think he really cares about how this actually works and what the core problems are. If he did, he wouldn’t shut off aid to the northern triangle countries, which is exactly what we need to be doing to fix the stability, to help them deal with violence and crime at the heart of the country so that these migrants don’t come across.”

“Look, this deal from what I understand is not going to work because now apparently, you know, originally Mexico was going to pay for a wall at our border, and now taxpayers are not only going to pay for this supposed wall with Mexico, but now we’re going to pay for a wall between Guatemala and Mexico as well,” said Cardona.

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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