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Trump warned to stop attacking GOP critics because he’ll need every single vote to avoid impeachment: report

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According to a report in Politico, senior White House advisers have warned President Donald Trump to hold his tongue when a Republican lawmaker criticizes him or one of his policies because he will need every vote he can get as the House considers articles of impeachment against him.

The report notes that Trump, known for lashing out at hs is critics on an almost daily basis on his Twitter account, has been uncharacteristically silent as of late when it comes to Republicans who have expressed concern about his dealings with Ukraine.

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“The atypical approach by the president comes after some of his top Hill allies have been privately pleading with Trump not to attack Republicans as the impeachment probe enters its most high-profile phase yet, according to multiple GOP lawmakers and aides,” Politico reports. “These senior Republicans have argued that the strategy is more effective at keeping GOP members in line — especially when it comes to House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who are serving as Trump’s first line of defense on the Ukraine scandal.”

The report notes that the strategy appears to be working so far, based upon the efforts on Trump’s behalf by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) during Wednesday’s televised impeachment hearing.

Hurd, who is retiring is “a former CIA agent who sits on the panel, has openly expressed alarm over Trump seeking an investigation into Joe Biden in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” Politico points out, before adding, “But none of those concerns were on display at the hearing, with Hurd instead using his line of questioning to extract information from the witnesses about how the Trump administration has provided critical aid to Ukraine in previous years. Earlier in the week, Hurd even called for Hunter Biden to testify — an idea that has become popular with Trump and his most hardcore supporters.”

According to the report, that type of defense is the best Trump can hope for.

“It’s a time to unite — everybody understands that. And letting the facts come forward unites us,” explained one GOP lawmaker. “That’s what we tell Trump.”

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That is not to say that Trump is completely holding his fire on Republicans, he’s just not naming names when he tweets.

After retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) dubbed his Ukraine call “inappropriate” during a Sunday cable news interview, the president tweeted a generic, “Republicans, don’t be led into the fool’s trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable,” without mentioning the lawmaker.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.

Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.

"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."

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‘One failure after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts tragic COVID-19 mistakes Trump keeps trying to deny

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lamented the repeated failures and missed opportunities by President Donald Trump as he faced the coronavirus outbreak.

The "Morning Joe" host criticized the president for claiming it was not the federal government's job to test Americans for the virus, and instead shifted responsibility to the states and their governors.

"This is a perfect 'the buck stops here' contrast with Donald Trump, saying, 'I am not responsible,'" Scarborough said. "What we can talk about is ventilators, the national Defense Production Act. We could talk about all the ways that Donald Trump keeps trying to pass the buck, keeps trying to say, 'I'm not responsible.'"

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REVEALED: Another GOP senator invested in medical equipment company same day as COVID-19 briefing

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that a Republican Georgia senator invested in a medical equipment company on the same day they received a briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic -- and this time it's not Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).

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