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Chinese diplomats unleashed to pummel the reeling Trump administration: report

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According to a report from Politico, Chinese diplomats have been unleashed, as well as urged, to attack Donald Trump’s administration and the U.S. in general via social media like Twitter — turning the president’s favorite social media platform back on him.

“The tactic comes as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reportedly urged his diplomats to adopt a ‘fighting spirit,’ which has led to Chinese diplomat Lijian Zhao to describe “America as ‘unjust, ‘inhumane’ and ‘hypocritical.’ He’s gone so far as to slam neighborhood segregation in Washington, D.C., and assert that ‘racial discrimination, gun violence, violent law enforcement are chronic diseases deeply rooted in U.S. society,” Politico reports.

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“Zhao is the most glaring example of a new trend in Chinese diplomacy: using social media, mainly Twitter, in an aggressive, decidedly undiplomatic manner. He and other Chinese officials are swinging in particular at the U.S., which under President Donald Trump — himself famous for mean tweets — has taken a combative stance toward the ruling Chinese Communist Party,” Politico’s Nahal Toosi wrote.

Writing, “Trump administration officials are tracking the shifting Chinese approach online. They stress, though, that the change is more about tone than substantive positioning on issues,” Toosi explains, “U.S. officials are wary of getting into a Twitter war with Beijing. When it comes to the Chinese diplomatic attacks online.”

“We’re going to answer by effectively explaining our position within a framework that’s very measured and reasonable, and we’ll see how they respond,” stated one Trump insider.

Not everyone in the Trump administration is taking the attacks lying down.

“In a speech at the Hudson Institute in late October, [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo took a shot at China’s information strategy. He said that Chinese state-run media and government spokespeople are ‘routinely maligning American intentions and policy objectives.’ But Pompeo also indicated that the Chinese approach has worked overtime because the U.S. has been slow to wake up to the dangers the Communist Party poses to the world,” the report notes. ”

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“They distorted how Americans view the People’s Republic and how they review General Secretary Xi.” Pompeo added. “Today, we’re finally realizing the degree to which the Chinese Communist Party is truly hostile to the United States and our values, and its worse deeds and words and how they impact us.”

As for Trump, he is holding his fire, desperately needing a trade deal with China as his trade war does significant damage to the U.S. economy.

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’

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In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.

"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.

Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.

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‘Now we see why’ Trump blocked Bolton from testifying — and Republicans are barring witnesses: Adam Schiff

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the handful of members of Congress who have served as managers for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. He has not only navigated the past week of the trial, but he conducted the first major hearing.

After the New York Times revealed key facts from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book, Schiff said that it was clear the information Bolton has is why Trump blocked him from testifying.

“I think you have to for the sake of the office,” Trump told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham when she asked if he would block Bolton.

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John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani’s ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr was cited recently by Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas as being part of the "team" of people workign to create a conspiracy to help get President Donald Trump reelected.

“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” said Parnas in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. “Mr. Barr had to know about everything.”

Parnas' lawyer, Joseph Bondy, has demanded that Barr recuse himself from overseeing the Parnas trial and investigation.

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