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‘This is mind control’: Ex-CIA agent nails Trump’s new loyalty oath for government staffers

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CNN's Phil Mudd

The White House and Republicans were supposed to be putting together a plan to protect Americans against Russia hacking yet another election, former CIA officer Phil Mudd pointed out on CNN Monday. Instead, they’ve failed Americans, opting instead for their own crusade to protect the president from anyone who disagrees with him.

“In a typical president, the National Security Council would say to the president, ‘here are the options,’ but they won’t do that,” said Mudd.

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Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby agreed, saying that in wake of the president’s acquittal from the Republican Senate, he feels empowered to do whatever he wants.

“Look put aside for a minute the fact that it is petty and small, and I don’t think that the president cares about that, and puts aside the fact that he is not now going to be getting the solid and good and unvarnished candid advice because he does not care about this, and this is a chilling effect throughout the government,” said Kirby.

Mudd said he knows of some officials who have been ousted, even though they’ve been around for decades.

“I’ll tell you what worries people in my old positions and it is not just replacing the leadership,” Mudd continued. “When you start embedding staff — and stories about that in Washington — and that is Trump staff going to the places like the director of the national intelligence. That means that you have people with the president’s stamp affecting the message every day. This is mind control. They will try to tell the staff what to tell us and the Congress and this is the problem.”

If Trump’s political staff is telling the national security what to say and do based on politics and not on facts, that could make it impossible for officials on both sides to know what’s actually happening.

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Texas doctor blasts Trump’s COVID-19 ‘misinformation campaign’: ‘You can’t hide hospitalizations’

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A doctor in Texas has delivered a scathing rebuke of the Trump White House's attempts to ignore the surge in novel coronavirus infections throughout the United States.

Dr. Peter Hotez, the co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is simply lying when he says that America is "in a good place" with COVID-19.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.

"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."

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Trump’s record as one of the ‘dumbest students’ in college makes cheating story credible: Trump biographer

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On Tuesday, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston discussed the allegation from Mary Trump's book that the president paid for someone to take his SAT — an accusation he denies vehemently.

"He claims he was a top student, best of the best. What do you make of this, David?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"The story makes perfect sense," said Johnston. "First of all, back in the 1960s, it was easy to have someone go and take your test for you. There weren't IDs and the checks we have today because of the kind of cheating. The idea that a rich boy paid someone else to take the test, to people of my generation, is no surprise. Trump claims he was a great student, yet one of his former professor described him as the 'blank blank dumbest student he's ever had,' but thinks he knows everything. There were no honors for Trump at Fordham or Penn."

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