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‘Too late!’ CNN’s Angela Rye uncorks righteous rant against Republicans who want credit for mild criticism of Trump

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CNN’s Angela Rye on Tuesday told fellow CNN analyst April Ryan to stop being so forgiving of Republican officials who offer only mild criticism of President Donald Trump.

After Ryan gave former Trump UN ambassador Nikki Haley credit for pushing back on the president sarcastically mocking Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) after his house got burglarized, Rye jumped in to say that Haley doesn’t deserve a pat on the head for doing the bare minimum of what any decent person would do.

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“I am tired of the standard being so low,” said Rye, who formerly worked as the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. “I don’t care if she’s tweeting! I want her to figure out how she’s going to get her former boss to stop activating the people who breaking into his house and causing members of Congress who are like family to me to receive death threats!”

Rye also said that if Republicans wanted credit, they should have stood up to Trump years ago — and that any mild criticisms of him now are merely face-saving window dressing.

“I don’t give a flying damn about a tweet!” she said. “I don’t care about an Instagram post, I don’t care about a book they write. It’s too late, it’s not enough, I’m sorry!”

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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump’s decision to cut off Ukraine aid is something ‘you would expect to read about in a dictatorship’: Ex-Obama official

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"This process that is described and echoed in other depositions is a process that you would expect to read about in a dictatorship, where a leader rules by fiat and his national security team scrambles to find a legal justification and to sell a bill of goods to legislators and the American people about why the president has made a certain decision," said Vinograd.

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