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Rick Santorum squirms as CNN’s Erin Burnett asks if he agrees that a war hero is out to get Trump

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tied his tongue in knots after anchor Erin Burnett asked him if he agreed with President Donald Trump and his allies that decorated war heroes and longtime civil servants with bipartisan accolades are secretly plotting to destroy his presidency.

“Congressman Zeldin and Jordan have tried to suggest that Bill Taylor, the lead witness, top diplomat to Ukraine, three decades of public service, Bronze Star in Vietnam, 101st Airborne, many other things, someone who is lauded by both Democrats and Republicans — they’ve said he’s not credible, and they’ve said that he and others who have testified that have testified negatively about the president are Never Trumpers?” said Burnett.

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“I think this is an opportunity,” said Santorum. “I’ve been hearing this from many people, from the White House and other places, that the stories of some of these witnesses, under cross-examination, don’t hold up. And this is an opportunity for them to do — I think they’re going to be polite, but I think they’re going to be tough. They’re going to go after the holes in the stories and point out that a lot of this is not first-hand information.”

“So, are you saying — but what you’re saying is — maybe you’re not — are you saying that they’re Never Trumpers, they’re political, they’re lying?”

“No,” said Santorum quickly. “They’re telling their perspective on things—”

“But that’s different than what people are saying, they’re not credible and Never Trumpers, and that’s not the same thing,” Burnett pressed him.

“There is a whole realm on both sides as to where people are and how some assess this,” said Santorum. “Some are dismissing this out of hand while others are taking it seriously and trying to poke holes. I think what you will see here is a little mix of both and primarily it was said earlier and they’ll take it seriously. They’ll know it isn’t a moment, and I went through the impeachment, and it’s an incredibly weighty experience and unlike anything else that you go through as a member of Congress to know that, you know, this doesn’t happen very often and it’s a big deal, and you know this is your moment and you don’t want to blow it. So I don’t think you’ll see the histrionics that you’ve seen in the past.”

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Susan Rice tears into Trump for ‘brushing off information’ critical to troops’ ‘life and death’ because he can’t hear bad news

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On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.

"My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear," said Rice. "When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the 'doomsday people,' but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don't intimidate the messengers ... this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn't want to hear bad news."

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Trump slammed by ex-NAACP president for refusing to denounce ‘white power’: He has been ‘coy with white supremacists’

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On CNN Wednesday, former NAACP President Ben Jealous tore into President Donald Trump for his refusal to disavow the "white power" video he retweeted earlier in the week.

"You know, this president has been coy with white supremacists again and again," said Jealous. "He did it around the Ku Klux Klan early on. He did it with Charlottesville, there is good people on both sides. And now you see him do it here."

"Again, it's part of his attempt to dog whistle, to play to his base," said Jealous. "He's running like George Wallace. He's running like Lester Maddox. You know, he has the RNC scheduled for him to speak on Ax Handle Saturday. It's a mess. And that just — these are his instincts. This is a guy — the Central Park Five, the world has known for 20 years they are innocent, he insists they are guilty. When it comes to race, he has a real problem."

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Trump aides are trying to decide if it’s a better to close down again — or just let people die

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President Donald Trump's inner circle is battling over the decision to return the country to closed and caution or to simply let people die from the coronavirus.

CNN.com reported Wednesday evening that a debate is afoot in the White House about whether they should push forward with the reopening, regardless of the death toll. If the president's Fox interview Wednesday afternoon is any indication, he's opted for the latter approach, continuing to reopen and urge Americans that everything is fine, even if it isn't.

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