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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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A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.

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.

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“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.

“I know you don’t want real answers. I know you don’t want truth,” he snapped.

“I want to be able to ask you a question!” she persisted.

“I’m not going to sit back and take that. I can’t see the pictures you’re showing,” he insisted.

“I guarantee you they’re border agents,” Camerota responded.

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“Border patrol — are those Border Patrol facilities?” he asked.

“Yes, these are Border Patrol facilities with overcrowding and not enough room for people inside these cages” Camerota pressed. “And now children will be held there indefinitely.”

“So we don’t use cages. We use the facilities built in the 1990s and with the last administration, so if you want to characterize it that way, everyone watching should know you’re pushing a narrative,” he replied.

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“You’re calling it a different word,” the exasperated Camerota replied. “Here — let’s agree on this. Through chain link fencing, there are families being held in facilities that are overcrowded. I’m getting this from you. It’s your administration that has said that the overcrowding has gotten to a level that is unlivable.”

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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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