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Democratic senator burns Trump’s ‘belligerent’ behavior: ‘Something I have never seen in my 27 years in Congress’

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) laid into President Donald Trump’s behavior during his Syria meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“You were there, you were inside the White House for that meeting,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What unfolded exactly?”

“Well, the president came in and he was in a belligerent state from the beginning,” said Menendez. “He smacked down a whole bunch of papers on the table and said, you all asked for this meeting, I reluctantly agreed to it. No one had asked for the meeting. Speaker Pelosi said, Mr. President, we didn’t ask for a meeting, we asked for a briefing to understand the consequences of your actions. He said, Well, then let’s end the meeting. She said, while I’m here, it’s my duty as the speaker to tell you that the House has just passed, I think 362, I forget exactly the number, a resolution opposing your decision and calling upon a strategy for ISIS. He just went on and said that’s a political hit job and it went downwards from there.”

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“He was belligerent,” repeated Menendez. “He was, I believe, denigrating to the speaker, called her a third-rate politician. Suggested that the Kurds are communists and therefore all you Democrats must be very happy with that. It just went downward from there. It was something like I have never seen in my 27 years in Congress and serving over the course of four different presidents. It worries me in terms of where we’re headed in our fight against ISIL and the security of the country.”

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Mick Mulvaney needs to get a lawyer: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney needs to hire a lawyer separately from the White House counsel, following new reports that the attorney for former National Security Adviser John Bolton is rejecting a legal alliance with him.

"There are reports that Mulvaney was sort of on thin ice as a result of that disastrous press briefing that he gave a couple of weeks ago," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why does he need a private attorney, why isn't he represented by the White House counsel?"

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Republicans are rushing to retire in part because ‘they hate’ having to defend Trump’s tweets: WaPo reporter

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Monday announced that he would not be running for Congress again in 2020, making him the 17th House Republican to announce his retirement within the last year alone.

While there are several reasons for all these retirements, Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade told CNN's John King that one reason is the sheer exhaustion of having to constantly defend President Donald Trump.

"You can't overstate how much Republicans hate having to answer for the president's controversial tweets," she explained.

Bade then said that Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) told her that he decided to hang it up after the president delivered racist attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over the summer.

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‘It’s not a game show’: Soledad O’Brien reams CNN host for fretting over impeachment TV ratings

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN host, slammed the network over the weekend for what she referred to as "Cillizza-level inanity," referring to contributor Chris Cillizza.

In a Sunday segment on CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter wondered about the ratings for the "first episode" of the public impeachment hearings.

"I hate to talk this way," Stelter said. "Will the Democrats put on a powerful first episode? Will they convince people to keep watching?"

"Why is CNN so stupid about important shit?" O'Brien wrote on Twitter. "This is Cillizza-level inanity. Brian should be ashamed of himself."

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