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Boris Johnson ‘tremendously humiliated’ Donald Trump on a global scale at G-7 meeting: CNN analyst

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of President Donald Trump’s favorite people to take over for Theresa May when she resigned this summer. But Johnson also mocked the U.S. president and humiliated him on a global scale, said New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi.

During a panel discussion on CNN Sunday, CNN’s Ryan Lizza opened by saying that Johnson is in a tight spot as he’s trying to negotiate Brexit while serving as an international leader to the G-7. Johnson also needs to negotiate a trade deal with Trump, but he clearly is going about it in the worst possible way.

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“Even when you see Boris, who is a laughing stock in many ways, kind of condescending to the president and saying, ‘Well, the U.S. economy is great,’ there seems to be a bit of a wink when he said that before, bringing in his criticism,” Nuzzi explained. “And I think that’s tremendously humiliating for the U.S. on a global stage like that.”

The host asked if it was a response to the increasing isolation the president is leading the U.S. into. At the same time, the G-7 threw a curveball to Trump by allowing Iran Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to make a surprise appearance. The U.S. is going at it alone on climate change, Iran and Russia.

“I think it underscores that’s the effect of Donald Trump’s actions, right?” Nuzzi said. “He has said previously that he tried to make the ‘America First’ slogan sound less frightening by saying ‘America First does not mean America alone,’ but in practice, we’ve seen the U.S. Is really isolated from the global community.”

She also noted that it’s almost like the White House simply transferred its disastrous policy arm overseas this week. There is a running joke that every time Trump wants to cover something up or distract from huge news, he launches “Infrastructure Week.” Nuzzi said it’s almost like they’re having an “Infrastructure Week” overseas.

“I think his inexactitude is really causing a lot of problems,” she explained. “You know, in America, we know how to interpret Donald Trump. We know when he says things, it’s — it may sound like one thing in the moment, but it’s probably not the case. He’ll probably change it later on in the week or later on in the hour. We’re learning — seeing again, as we have in the past when he’s taken trips like this that when he says things in the exact way or ways that are confusing, it can have realtime effects and confuse the global community and impact the conversation away — that it doesn’t here domestically.”

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Trump’s Senate trial will be ‘riddled by hypocrisy’ with Ken Starr defending him: CNN legal analyst

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President Donald Trump's decision to tap former Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr for his impeachment defense team drew a sharp rebuke from former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on Friday.

"Whatever they do will be riddled by hypocrisy," Honig said of Trump's impeachment defense team during an appearance on CNN. "Ken Starr, the guy who spent years trying to throw a president out of office for lying about sex in a civil deposition, is now defending a president who has been impeached for trying to shake down a foreign country to interfere with an election. I don't know how you square that."

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Rick Santorum flattened by CNN’s Berman after calling Parnas bombshell revelations ‘extraneous’ to impeachment

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Rick Santorum and CNN's John Berman got into a frantic back-and-forth on Friday morning after the former Republican senator attempted to dismiss the revelations by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as something that should not be submitted as evidence in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

Discussing the Senate trial expected to start next week, Santorum said the only testimony and witnesses that should be allowed are ones that came up in the earlier House hearings.

"The House's responsibility to bring to us a case," Santorum stated. "They're the one who is said these are offenses that are worthy of the president being removed from office; here is the record, here are the charges. The Senate didn't impeach, the House did, so we are going to look at the record the House presented us. We're going to look at the witnesses and say are there are questions that we have for the people that brought this case forward and relied on these witnesses and look at their testimony."

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Here’s why some Americans don’t appreciate ‘extraordinary’ accusations from Lev Parnas

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down a key reason why indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas hasn't quite gotten across the severity of his accusations against President Donald Trump to the American people.

"Jeff, what do you think of Parnas as a witness?" asked Cooper.

"He has a distinctive style. He's very deadpan, very low-key," said Toobin. "You somehow don't realize how extraordinary story he is telling. The proprietor of a company called Fraud Guarantee, and he is going to the leadership of the government of Ukraine and saying, unless you announce an investigation of the Biden family,  you are not getting the money that Congress has authorized. you are not getting the visit from the president and you are not getting an Oval Office visit. And it's true. None of it happened."

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