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GOP lawmaker flails wildly after CNN’s Poppy Harlow calls him out for excusing Trump’s Syria debacle

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Monday flailed wildly after CNN’s Poppy Harlow called him out for defending President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria.

Harlow began her interview with Burgess by reading reports showing the situation in northern Syria quickly turning into a humanitarian catastrophe that could be linked directly to Trump’s decision to give Turkey the green light to invade the area.

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Burgess responded by blaming Congress.

“Well, what I will tell you is this was a very poor time for Congress to be out of town for two weeks,” he said.

Later in the interview, Harlow read Burgess a quote from a Kurdish leader who accused Trump of betraying his people and leaving them to be slaughtered by the Turkish military. Burgess responded by once again deflecting blame from the president.

“Well, look, the United States has asked for help from its European allies in policing this area,” he said. “We’ve asked our European allies to take those ISIS fighters that were being held in the prisons in northern Syria — no help from our European allies. The president was essentially having to do this entirely on his own, no help from congress, no help from European allies.”

Harlow, however, would not let him off the hook.

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“The facts matter here, congressman!” she said. “And Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he spoke with the president over the weekend and it was the president’s decision to remove nearly all, if not all, of those U.S. troops from northern Syria.”

Watch the video below.

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Trump did ‘real damage’ to himself with attack on Yovanovitch and he’ll be watching again today: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman stated that Donald Trump did serious damage to his defense against impeachment when he attacked former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter as she testified last week and added she fully expected the president to watch Tuesday's hearing with interest.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, Haberman was asked what the American public can expect from the president on Tuesday as Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer who works on the National Security Council testify.

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Vindman will be the ‘crucial witness’ — and GOP smears against him will be ‘self-defeating’: Ex-prosecutor

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former federal proseuctor Elie Honig walked through the importance of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's upcoming testimony in the impeachment hearings.

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Devin Nunes scorched by CNN’s Avlon for flood of ‘ridiculous’ lawsuits meant to silence his critics

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CNN's John Avlon used his "Reality Check" segment on "New Day" to both slam and mock Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for filing lawsuits left and right against his critics in an effort to not only silence them, but also squash any inquiries into his avid defense of President Donald Trump.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, Avlon detailed the long list of lawsuits Nunes has set in motion --including against a Twitter cow.

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