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John Bolton quit because Trump suggested a $15 billion bailout for Iran: report

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On Saturday, Axios reported that John Bolton’s departure from the White House — which has been alternately characterized as a resignation or as dismissal — came after President Donald Trump suggested giving Iran a $15 billion bailout to get them to keep complying with the terms of the Iran nuclear deal.

Bolton, an infamous war hawk and one of the key architects behind Trump having violated the terms of the nuclear agreement in the first place, reportedly hated the idea, which was the last straw in a relationship between the two men that had been rocky for months.

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Iran, for its part, is not interested in a bailout and will accept only total compliance with the agreement that the U.S. previously made, including lifting of economic sanctions.

Recently, Trump has sought to avoid escalation or military engagement in foreign dealings. His attempts to broker peace and economic agreements, however, have been at a standstill, with some countries refusing his terms and others simply trying to wait him out until the 2020 election.


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Internet disgusted after Erdo?an makes Trump and GOP senators watch propaganda video in the Oval Office

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On Thursday, Axios reported that during a reception at the Oval Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an — who has come under international scrutiny for his brutal treatment of Kurdish freedom fighters — whipped out his iPad and made President Donald Trump and several GOP senators watch a video describing Kurds as terrorists.

Commenters on social media were quick to excoriate the president for allowing a notorious strongman to bring propaganda into the White House and make U.S. officials watch it on his personal tablet:

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GOP’s best defense of Trump’s ‘corrupt schemes’ may doom him in 2020 election: conservative columnist

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Conservative columnist Eli Lake thinks that House Republicans may have done a good job of defending President Donald Trump during Wednesday's opening impeachment hearings -- but he also thinks they undermined his chances of winning the 2020 election.

In his latest Bloomberg column, Lake argues that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made a smart argument in favor of not impeaching the president: Namely, that his attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden fell apart before it could be fully executed.

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Trump flying in for last-ditch rally to save Louisiana GOP governor candidate with ‘really bad’ vote returns

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Republicans suffered a major blow in Kentucky after Gov. Matt Bevin, a firm ally of President Donald Trump, was defeated by Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear — despite the president's efforts to help the GOP, culminating in a massive rally in Lexington on the eve of the election.

Now, according to Politico, GOP strategists are worried that a similar outcome could happen in Louisiana, where conservative Democrat John Bel Edwards will stand for re-election on Saturday against Trump-loving businessman Eddie Rispone.

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