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White House thought freeing rapper A$AP Rocky and having him grovel before Trump would win black voters: report

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President Donald Trump’s unusual efforts to get rapper A$AP Rocky out of Swedish custody after he was arrested for — and later convicted of — assault was reportedly part of a White House strategy for winning over black voters.

Yahoo News reports that the campaign to get A$AP Rocky released from jail was designed to eventually “facilitate a scene that would bolster Trump’s image among African-Americans.”

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Trump, who weeks earlier had gotten in hot water for telling four women of color to “go back” to their home countries despite all being American citizens, apparently believed that helping a high-profile black celebrity would bolster his reputation among black voters who have been among the least likely to support him throughout his first term.

The scheme to free Rocky was hatched by Pastor Darrell Scott, a Trump-backing minister who has been one of the president’s top advisers on issues related to black Americans.

Scott tells Yahoo News that he told Rocky’s manager that the only thing that he wanted in return for helping the rapper was for him to publicly thank the president for securing his release.

“The White House didn’t ask for anything,” Scott recalls telling the manager. “There were no conditions attached, but my condition… was that all I’m asking for you guys to do is say thank you.”

Rocky disappointed the White House, however, when he responded to his eventual release by thanking his friends and his fans — but not once thanking the president or the White House.

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“All he had to do was do a two-minute call to say thank you,” Scott tells Yahoo News. “Rocky hasn’t even called us and said, ‘Hey, man, thank you guys. I appreciate it,’ in private. Just in private.”


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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1218264289225728000

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’

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President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.

I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.

"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.

"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.

https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1218141834842660864

Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.

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