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Trump reveals West Virginia voting for him in 2016 ‘helped’ basketball coach score Medal of Freedom

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Basketball coach Jerry West received the Medal of Freedom Thursday, but President Donald Trump indicated it was more about the 2016 election vote than it was West’s excellence.

According to Jeff Mason, White House correspondent for Reuters, Trump said in the Oval Office that fact “West Virginia supported him so forcefully in 2016 probably helped Jerry West get the Medal of Freedom today.”

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“Is that how the Medal of Freedom works?” asked Black News.

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Trump has given the Medal of Freedom to several friends and right-wing ideologues. The Washington Post noted in June that he uses the Medal of Freedom much like he uses the power of the pardon: by awarding his friends.

“So far, of the 10 medals Trump has awarded, one has gone to a woman and two to persons of color,” The Post reported. “That proportion is roughly in line with those awarded by former Republican presidents. Of all those who received medals from Republican presidents, about 85 percent were men and 83 percent were white. By contrast, of the recipients recognized by Democratic presidents, approximately 77 percent were men and 75 percent were white.”

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Fox & Friends begs viewers not to watch ‘boring’ impeachment trial: ‘Turn to us to summarize it’

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Fox News hosts assured viewers who hadn't tuned in to the first day of the impeachment trial that they hadn't missed anything.

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" told their viewers that Day One of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial was long, opaque and ran well into the morning hours -- which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted upon.

"There were snippets, and we're showing you the good stuff," said co-host Steve Doocy. "It was unbelievably boring. I don't know how people can follow it."

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt summed up the first day by saying Republicans had approved the rules, but Democrats insisted "over and over and over" that they wanted additional witnesses, and co-host Pete Hegseth assured viewers they didn't need to watch themselves.

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Rudy Giuliani urged Justice Dept to go easy on wealthy Venezuelan client: report

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Rudy Giuliani told U.S. prosecutors that his wealthy Venezuelan client deserved leniency in a criminal investigation, according to his indicted associate Lev Parnas and others.

Alejandro Betancourt, who's reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in a money laundering case, introduced President Donald Trump's lawyer to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, reported Reuters.

Betancourt told Guiliani at a meeting in Spain that he secretly bankrolled Guaido’s efforts to take over leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation.

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Trump threatens 25 percent tariffs on European cars if he can’t ink a new EU trade deal

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US President Donald Trump relaunched a major trade offensive against Europe on Wednesday, threatening to hit the EU with damaging auto tariffs if Europeans failed to agree a long-delayed trade deal.

"The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years." Trump told Fox Business News on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"Ultimately, it will be very easy because if we can't make a deal, we'll have to put 25 percent tariffs on their cars," he added.

Trump added that his attention would now to turn to Europe, after he sealed a trade truce with China after several years of a trade war that destabilised the world economy.

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