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Panicky Kellyanne Conway was forced to explain to Trump why his Twitter attack on Dem lawmakers was racist: report

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According to a behind-the-scenes report in the Washington Post, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway had to frantically explain to Donald Trump that his tweets attacking four Democratic lawmakers — all of whom are women of color — were racist and that he needed to walk them back.

The report states that Trump made the tweets early last Sunday and then was greeted by Conway with bad news after he returned from playing golf.

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“President Trump’s own top aides didn’t think he fully understood what he had done last Sunday when he fired off a trio of racist tweets before a trip to his golf course,” the Post reports. “After he returned to the White House, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway felt compelled to tell him why the missives were leading newscasts around the country, upsetting allies and enraging opponents.”

The report goes on to add that Trump defended himself by stating he was riffing off a story he had seen on Fox & Friends and wasn’t sure why it was a problem.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC ) who played golf with the president that fateful Sunday, defended the president while admitting that the president came to the realization that it had caused a problem for his administration and Republicans.

“He realized that part of it was not playing well,” Graham said in an interview. “Well, he always doubles down. Then he adjusts.”

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The Post reports, “The damage control did not save elected Republicans from their chronic struggle to navigate Trump’s excesses. Democrats were demanding a reckoning, a vote on the floor of the House condemning his racist remarks that would showcase their own unity and moral vision. The White House would mobilize an intense whip operation, putting Trump repeatedly on the phone, to keep his members in line. ”

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White House thought freeing rapper A$AP Rocky and having him grovel before Trump would win black voters: report

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President Donald Trump's unusual efforts to get rapper A$AP Rocky out of Swedish custody after he was arrested for -- and later convicted of -- assault was reportedly part of a White House strategy for winning over black voters.

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Trump, who weeks earlier had gotten in hot water for telling four women of color to "go back" to their home countries despite all being American citizens, apparently believed that helping a high-profile black celebrity would bolster his reputation among black voters who have been among the least likely to support him throughout his first term.

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China's decision to slap new tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods on Friday sent President Donald Trump into a downward mental spiral, as he was reduced to tweeting out unhinged orders and proclamations while the stock market has been plummeting downward.

On Friday morning, the president sent out a string of angry and nonsensical tweets that included attacks on the Chinese government and his own Federal Reserve chairman, as well as bizarre new orders to postal carriers.

Below, we'll recap the six craziest things Trump tweeted on Friday morning alone.

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