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Acosta had to go because Trump thought he was making him look bad on TV: White House insider

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According to a report from Politico, the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta was inevitable because Donald Trump came to realize that the former U.S. Attorney’s press conference did nothing to alleviate calls for the president to fire him.

While Trump told reporters outside the White House on Friday morning that he thought Acosta was doing a great job heading up the Labor Department — White House insiders say Trump thought Acosta didn’t make for good TV and it reflected poorly on himself.

Add to that, Acosta did not have much support from close Trump aides.

“Acosta has had a rocky relationship in recent months with other White House officials, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, over the perceived slow pace of deregulation at the department,” Politico reports. “And one person familiar with the situation said that although Trump initially thought Acosta handled the Epstein controversy well, over the last couple of days the president saw the negative press and didn’t like it.”

“POTUS is not a fan of bad press, especially when other people make him look bad,” the source admitted.

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Poor performances under the spotlight have always been a thorn in the side of the TV-obsessed president dating back to the first White House spokesperson, Sean Spicer, who was ousted over his combative press conferences that became fodder for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

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How Jeffrey Epstein was moving ‘a lot of dough’ in an investment fund run by an ex-girlfriend’s husband

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In a bizarre twist in the ongoing questions about where Jeffrey Epstein got his billions, Vanity Fair has details about a very close relationship he holds with the family of an ex-girlfriend.

Epstein once dated a former Miss Sweden for years, before she ultimately met her husband and had a family. Eva Andersson-Dubin, who is now a doctor, married billionaire founder of Highbridge Capital Management, Glenn Dubin. It's thought that's how Epstein was able to connect with Dubin's investments.

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Rudy Giuliani is running a backchannel with Ukraine to take down Mueller and Trump’s critics: report

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A new report reveals that Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor currently working as President Donald Trump's lawyer, has established a backchannel with the Ukrainian government in order to dig up dirt on potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, a pair of political operatives who have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republican candidates, are instrumental players in Giuliani's scheme, according to a new report by BuzzFeed News. They have repeatedly met with top political officials in Ukraine and then set up meetings with Giuliani so that the information they obtained could be potentially utilized against Democratic presidential contenders.

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Trump’s bizarre claim of being a Kashmir ‘mediator’ is quickly denied by India: ‘No such request has been made’

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India's official government spokesperson contradicted President Donald Trump's suggestion that he would "meditate" the conflict in the Kashmir region.

At a press conference with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, Trump said that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to be a mediator between the two countries.

However, a White House briefing statement released on Monday does not mention the Kashmir issue.

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