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Chris Wallace clashes with Fox host — and slams ‘deeply misleading’ spin by Trump defenders

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Friday clashed with fellow Fox host Sandra Smith about the “spin” being used by President Donald Trump’s allies to defend him for his now-infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

After Smith asked Wallace if he believed that this week had changed the trajectory of Trump’s presidency, Wallace replied that it had — and then unloaded on Trump’s defenders.

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“The spinning that has been done by the president’s defenders over the last 24 hours since this very damaging whistleblower complaint came out, the spinning is… astonishing, and I think deeply misleading,” he said. “Let’s look at what the whistleblower says. The whistleblower says it was a troubling call in which the president asked the Ukrainian president to investigate and to look at the allegation of this wrongdoing by Vice President Biden and by his son. We now have a rough transcript of that phone call and that’s exactly what happened.”

Smith countered by saying the call readout showed the president didn’t offer an explicit quid-pro-quo in exchange for investigating the Bidens, but Wallace quickly shot that down.

“It’s clear from reading the complaint that it is a serious allegation, that a lot of it has proven to be borne out already,” he said. “The whistle-blower lays out a blueprint from talking to various officials in the White House, various officials in the State Department.”

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Russian-backed mercenaries using videos of America’s hasty retreat in Syria as propaganda: Fox News

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Russia is using videos of American soldiers fleeing Syria as propaganda, according to Fox News. As Turkey bombed the Kurdish people, American forces on the ground left the area, some even coming under Turkish artillery fire.

"We just learned the U.S. military had to use a show of force to disrupt Turkish backed forces who got too close to a base in northern Syria," Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin said. "The U.S. military had to use Apache gun ship and F-16s to deter the Turkish-backed forces. U.S. military is undergoing hasty withdrawal of nearly all of the 1,000, or so, U.S. troops to help stabilize northern Syria."

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People close to Giuliani are advising him to hire a criminal lawyer: CNN reporter

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After two business associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested, it was revealed federal investigators were looking into the finances of Giuliani to see the degree to which he was involved financially with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Now, those close to Giuliani are urging him to hire a criminal attorney to handle possible charges.

"Rudy Giuliani is parting ways with the personal attorney representing him so far in matters related to the impeachment inquiry," tweeted CNN's Shimon Prokupecz. "Giuliani confirmed to CNN Tuesday that his current attorney, Jon Sale, is ending his representation of the former New York City mayor shortly."

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Trump trade adviser busted for making up ‘whimsical pen name’ to quote himself in his books for years

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A senior economic and trade advisor to President Donald Trump has been busted for making up a person he can quote in his books and to justify his policies.

A shocking expose in The Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that Peter Navarro invented the name "Ron Vara," an anagram for Navarro, to justify his own opinions in his books.

The so-called Ron Vara has strong opinions, fortune-cookie-style quotes and an elaborate back story as "a military veteran and Harvard-trained economist who made seven figures in the stock market by investing in companies that do well during international crises," the report said.

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