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Trump asked John Bolton to defend his policies on Sunday talk shows — and Bolton refused: CNN

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” special correspondent Jamie Gangel revealed that a few weeks before being fired, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton flatly told President Donald Trump that he wouldn’t go on TV to defend his administration’s policy because he didn’t agree with it — an episode that cannot have done much to stave off the bad blood between the two.

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“For anyone who missed it, Donald Trump never liked John Bolton’s mustache, but that was the least of their problems,” said Gangel. “Look, these two men not only clashed, but behind the scenes I — I am told by sources close to the situation John Bolton was not supporting the president.”

“A couple of weeks ago, in late August, he was supposed to go on the Sunday talk shows. He did not go on. And my source said that it was because he said he couldn’t support the president’s position,” said Gangel. “When Trump found out about it, that was yet another blow in the relationship. But I think overall all of these problems, friends of John Bolton will tell you, he’s a bull in a China shop. They were surprised he lasted as long as he did, Wolf.”

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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case

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Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."

She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.

"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."

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WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial

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President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."

"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."

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‘I thought he was joking’: CNN’s Cuomo didn’t buy Spicer’s humble brag about being a ‘staunch Christian’

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During the Tuesday night "hand-off" between CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, the two chuckled about former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who made his "Dancing with the Stars" debut Monday night. Spicer bragged about being a "staunch Christian," as the reason for why he won't win "Dancing with the Stars." But Cuomo chastised Spicer for trying to score votes.

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