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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, “John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?”

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick’s Day visit. Typically it’s a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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According to the report, Trump likes to interact in this way with Bolton, and at times, that involves awkward comments in front of foreign heads of state.

“John has never seen a war he doesn’t like,” a source with direct knowledge recalled Trump saying during a recent Oval Office meeting.

Sources who have been in the Situation Room with Trump spoke on the record about meetings where Trump “teases” his top advisers. During a national security team meeting in 2018, the group was discussing a nuanced topic where the conversation turned to Bolton.

“Ok, John, let me guess, you want to nuke them all?” The source told Axios that those in the room “died laughing.”

Bolton is known for his desire to go to war with multiple Middle Eastern countries, but Iran in particular.

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In the past, sources revealed that Trump was complaining privately about Bolton’s desire to get him “into a war.”

During another discussion on Chinese trade, Trump jabbed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“Steve, you’re so weak,” Trump said. “You’re so weak. You didn’t used to be this way in business. You’re so weak now.”

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Yet, it’s Bolton who has recently worried about his job security, Axios reported. It’s possible that Trump fears more experienced political advisors are controlling him.

“He gets quite touchy when you bring it up,” Axios quoted a person who has criticized Bolton in conversations with Trump. “He doesn’t want anyone to believe he’s anybody’s pawn.”

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“Trump thinks that Bolton is a key part of his negotiating strategy,” the source continued. “He thinks that Bolton’s bellicosity and eagerness to kill people is a bargaining chip when he’s sitting down with foreign leaders. Bolton can be the bad cop, and Trump can be the good cop. Trump believes this to his core.”

Read the full report by Axios.

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Pelosi claims enough evidence to impeach Trump — but suggests more witnesses may testify

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes congressional investigators have uncovered enough evidence to impeach President Donald Trump -- but she suggested their inquiry isn't finished.

The California Democrat told reporters Thursday that Trump had obviously abused his office by attempting to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rival Joe Biden.

"The evidence is clear that the president -- the president -- has used his office for his own personal gain," Pelosi said.

Pelosi lamented that "Republicans are in denial about the facts," saying "the sad tragedy of all of this is the behavior of the president and the defense of that behavior by the Republicans.”

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Former conservative insider reveals the terrifying right-wing media bubble protecting Trump from impeachment

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David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a one-time insider in the conservative movement, explains in his latest column for The Atlantic how President Donald Trump is being saved from impeachment by a right-wing media ecosystem that doesn't allow its viewers to hear any contradictory facts.

In particular, Frum points to Rep. Devin Nunes's (R-CA) bizarre, conspiratorial rants during the impeachment inquiry to demonstrate the astonishing power that right-wing misinformation has on American political discourse.

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Nearly everyone Trump touches eventually becomes a witness against his crimes: former NY assistant attorney general

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According to the former assistant attorney general for the state of New York, virtually anyone who comes in close contact with Donald Trump has the potential to be a witness against him one day because, in the long run, he treats everyone poorly.

Writing at the Washington Post, Tristan Snell -- who led the investigation against Trump that eventually led to a $25 million settlement between President Trump and students of his now-shuttered Trump University --  said Trump has a history of leaving disgruntled staffers and aides in his wake.

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