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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC “The Last Word,” where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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“Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump,” O’Donnell said. “That’s his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn’t gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky.”

“Incredibly shocking, coincidental, but the bottom line is two versus zero that just pointed out, Lawrence,” McFaul replied.

“It is customary — I can tell you, because I served at the White House with President Obama — to have a courtesy call with the foreign minister of Russia in the beginning of a term,” he explained.

“It is highly unusual to have a second return of the foreign minister. I think in eight years of the Obama administration foreign minister Lavrov only visited that once,” he continued. “And it underscores the fact that President Zelinsky has yet to have an Oval Office visit with the president of the United States, with the leader of the free world.”

“I think it’s shocking,” he said. “Sometimes wonder, What are they thinking?'”

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McFaul added, “I do not understand President Trump’s obsession with protecting Putin when I don’t think it’s even in the president’s own personal interest. And as a result of that, he is now going to likely face articles of impeachment tomorrow.”

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Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses

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Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.

According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.

"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."

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‘I do this for a living and I don’t know what the Republican’s position is’: MSNBC reporter confused by GOP unemployment stance

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Capitol Hill reporter Garrett Haake confessed that he has no idea what the Republican officials want when it comes to the unemployment stimulus bill.

A bill was passed in May by Democrats in the House, but the Senate ignored the problem until the last minute, allowing the additional unemployment funds from the stimulus to sunset and leave Americans scrambling to pay their Aug. 1 rent or mortgages.

The Senate then gave up, handing the responsibility for the bill over to the White House and told them to negotiate with the House, but the White House is less interested in unemployment benefits and wants more corporate bailouts.

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The bizarre vacation photo Jerry Falwell Jr. posted — and then quickly deleted

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Jerry Falwell Jr. posted and then quickly deleted a strange vacation photo, leaving some to question what was actually going on.

The photo, captured by Relevant Magazine, shows the Liberty University president on a yacht with his pants undone and his shirt hiked up. Next to him stands a young woman identified as a "friend" whose pants are similarly unzipped and Falwell was holding up her shirt to expose her abdomen. In his hand was a glass of dark liquid.

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