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Trump is freaking out about the economy and ‘the White House doesn’t know what to do’: CNN reporter

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CNN White House reporter Abby Phillip on Thursday said that President Donald Trump is quickly realizing that he will have almost nothing to run on if the economy crashes next year, and is scrambling to find some way to appeal to voters.

Sources have told CNN that the president in recent days has been pushing aides to do whatever they can to get his long-promised border wall built because he realizes that he’ll otherwise have nothing to run on if the economy goes south.

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Unfortunately for the president, Phillip explained, even getting the wall built won’t come anywhere close enough to get the president enough votes should the economy tank.

“The problem for the president is the fallback plan really only appeals to a narrow swathe of voters,” she said.

She then explained how the president has no one but himself to blame for the tough predicament he’s found himself in.

“Some of this is a problem of his own making,” she said. “Last year, around the time the president started to escalate his trade war with China, he believed the economy was strong enough to withstand a trade war… and yes, the economy was strong, but it was never as strong as he made it out to be. It was basically on par with the performance of the economy in his predecessor’s time.”

And given that the president seems dead set on staring down China in his trade war, Phillip said, it’s left the White House with few options.

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“Frankly, the White House doesn’t know what to do about it,” she said.

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‘Out of touch’ Trump is ‘detached from the difficult reality the country is living’: ex-GOP lawmaker

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According to a report from the New York Times' Peter Baker, Donald Trump has done nothing in the past week but fan the flames of discord at a time when the country is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 100,000 in the U.S. and protests have broken out in the streets over police brutality.

According to one former GOP member of the House, the president is completely detached from what is going on in America.

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Andrew Cuomo denounces police violence: ‘The names change, but the color doesn’t’

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At Saturday's press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) sharply condemned police brutality against Black men in an emotional speech.

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‘We’re not stupid’: CNN’s Van Jones accuses prosecutors of putting ex-cop Chauvin on path to ‘exoneration’ for Floyd death

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On CNN Saturday, commentator Van Jones warned that the prosecution of the Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd sets him up to be let off easy.

"The idea that you could have a lynching, you know, an officer lynch a man," said Jones. "That was a lynching. Not one minute, not two minutes, not three minutes, six, seven, eight minutes, depriving someone of oxygen, a spectacle in front of a whole community, you have a lynching. You have not just an officer doing it, but you have three police officers there and do nothing to intervene, in fact defend him. You can then give — I've never heard of third degree murder. I'm an attorney. I'm in my 50s. I've never heard of third degree murder. Not to arrest the other officers and we're all going to say thank you very much and go back to what we're doing."

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