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‘That’s total nonsense’: Bill Kristol punches Santorum right between the eyes on Trump’s failing trade policy

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum said he was personally offended on Sunday after conservative writer Bill Kristol attacked President Donald Trump’s trade policy.

During a segment about Trump’s trade war with China, Kristol noted that the president seems “demoralized” and “depressed.”

“His economists have told him privately we’re slowing down and we’re at some risk of toppling into a recession,” Kristol explained. “His political people have told him his numbers are going down not up.”

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The conservative writer pointed to Trump’s racist attacks on black lawmakers as one mistake he has made.

“He’s sees bad economic news coming and he sees bad political news coming and he’s a demoralized guy,” Kristol said.

Santorum disagreed.

“I don’t see that at all,” Santorum quipped. “He hates being there. You give him too much credit for these things. Look, he just hates being at these meetings. He doesn’t like the dynamics that are going on there.”

Kristol interrupted: “So he hates being at the White House, he hates being in those meetings, he hates governing! What does he like? He’s not a happy warrior.”

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“What you’re seeing is a president engaged in a battle that presidents for generations have said they will fight and none of them have,” Santorum remarked. “He’s taking on China and he’s doing it in a way — some people can quibble and saying he’s doing it the right way or wrong way — but he’s doing it!”

“That’s total nonsense!” Kristol shot back.

“The [Trans-pacific Partnership treaty] would have done more damage to China than anything Trump has done!” Kristol exclaimed. “Because people like you demagogued it and people on the left like Bernie Sanders.”

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“Don’t demean people who have different opinions,” Santorum complained.

“A lot of the attacks on the TPP were pure demagogury,” Kristol observed.

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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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