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‘Impotent, weak, pathetic’: NYT writer tells Trump to be president to all Americans not just white men in red hats

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New York Times contributor and CNN commentator Wajahat Ali unleashed on President Donald Trump for being too weak to protect Americans against domestic terrorism.

During a panel discussion, CNN’s Don Lemon read a report that the Department of Homeland Security battled with the president for at least one year trying to get funding to fight domestic terrorism.

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Lemon asked Ali why Trump would refuse to protect America in this way.

“Why go after your base,” Ali said, flatly. He recalled Homeland Security analyst Daryl Johnson, who warned in 2009 that there was a resurgence of right-wing extremism. Lemon harkened back to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who published a report about it and was attacked by conservatives and forced to apologize.

“Republican lawmakers and the conservative movement wanted to crush it because they said it would make them look bad, right?” Ali recalled. “Fast forward. Everyone knows if these suspects were Muslims, what would happen right now? Republican congressmen, I swear to you, would be calling to bomb some countries. So, we’d have a Muslim ban, a Muslim registry. Look what happened after Charlottesville. Both sides are to blame. ‘Very fine people.'”

He also recalled the New Zealand shooting where the terrorist actually cited Trump in his manifesto, calling him a symbol of white identity.

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“That was in March. Donald Trump said, ‘I don’t think white nationalism is a really big problem,'” Ali cited. “And today we just found out Republican Sen Johnson openly said on Fox News a few months ago there was a bipartisan letter that he sent with a Democratic senator asking DHS and the DOJ what’s happening with white supremacist terrorism. The DOJ did not respond to him, Don.”

He said that it’s clear that Trump’s own FBI director finds it a severe threat, but Trump’s government is protecting them.

“Why is he not taking this threat seriously? And can you imagine if it was a Muslim or an undocumented immigrant?” Ali asked. “Maybe then this impotent, weak, pathetic president, this insignificant narcissist, a vulgarian, would actually be the commander in chief and the president of all Americans, not just white men who wear red hats.”

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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs

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Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.

While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.

"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."

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Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’

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As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.

"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.

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Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.

"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."

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