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‘We have tremendous African-American support’: Trump brushes off losing the support of the man he called ‘my African-American’

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On Thursday, Gregory Cheadle, the black Trump supporter that the president referred to as “my African-American over there” in 2016, left the Republican Party and announced a run for Congress as an independent, citing his frustration that Trump doesn’t care about issues impacting the black community.

In conversation with reporters on the White House lawn, Trump — who seemed not to even remember the incident — brushed the whole thing aside as unimportant.

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“The man that you called ‘my African-American’ at your rally in 2016, he says he’s leaving the Republican Party because you’re pursuing a ‘pro-white’ agenda,” said a reporter. “What’s your reaction? What do you say so him? He used to be a supporter of yours … He’s not anymore.”

“I don’t know who you’re talking about,” said Trump.

“The man you pointed out at the rally and called ‘my African-American,'” said the reporter. “He used to support you.”

“We have tremendous African-American support,” said Trump. “I would say I’m at my all-time high. I don’t think I’ve ever had the support I have now. I think I’ll do well with African-Americans. African-American support has been the best we’ve had, and a lot has to do with from an employment and unemployment both, employment and unemployment—”

“Do you think he’s wrong?” the reporter pressed him.

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“I think this. It’s very simple. We have the best numbers we’ve had for African-Americans in terms of employment and unemployment,” said Trump. “I think we’re going to do well.”

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Rick Santorum: ‘I have no problem’ with John Bolton testifying after ‘this impeachment thing’ is over

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Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum asserted on Tuesday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should wait until after President Donald Trump's impeachment trial ends to reveal what he knows about the president's scheme in Ukraine.

"The only thing I would question is sort of the timing of submitting the book for review," Santorum said during an appearance on CNN. "I mean, you're doing it at a time -- knowing the history of what goes on in this White House, that leaks are prevalent -- to submit this manuscript at this time, I think was bad judgement."

"I have no problem with John Bolton writing a book," he continued. "This is someone who deeply believes in his worldview and what is best for America and I think he felt compelled to write something about the state of foreign policy in America and where our country is going."

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.

During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.

"I'm somewhat more skeptical that this is going to necessarily lead to witnesses," she said. "It might. I just think that we really don't know, and I think the desire for Republicans to have this wrapped up fairly quickly remains strong."

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GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

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On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.

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