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Ex-CIA officer in Congress stunned by Trump’s attempt to shrug off Russia bounty plot

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), a former CIA officer, expressed his shock that President Donald Trump appeared unconcerned with the lack of in-depth briefing he was given about the Russian bounty plot, other than a written memo.

“The outrage that you have is very different than the president’s,” said host Erin Burnett. “He says he wasn’t briefed and he made this about that. Again, it is in the Presidential Daily Briefing … but his response to this is, ‘intel just reported to me they did not find this info credible, did not report it to me or VP, another fabricated Russia hoax by the fake news, New York Times wanting to make Republicans look bad.’ What do you say to that, that his response isn’t I want to know what happened, wasn’t to know why I wasn’t briefed and I want to do something about it, but instead yelling about fabricated hoaxes and fake news?”

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“If something this sensitive was out there, I would be — nobody brought it to me or didn’t raise their hand and be, like, hey, boss, read in that, there is some information you need to read today, make sure we cut out time in your calendar in order to do that — that would be the question I would be asking,” said Hurd. “And then if there was some kind of conflict, in the veracity of the information, what are we doing to clarify that? What are we doing to understand this? What other things would we possibly know if this information, if we had access to this kind of information? And by the way, are we telling our allies?”

“These are the kinds of questions we should be asking to make sure that our men and women that are serving, in order to make sure we don’t have al-Qaeda coming back, that we don’t have ISIS plotting and planning threats on our homeland, why this is important to bring civility to Afghanistan, in the middle of an alleged peace process,” said Hurd.

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Trump’s ‘not smart’ attacks on Kamala Harris as an angry Black woman will backfire: CNN’s Van Jones

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CNN's Van Jones on Thursday said that President Donald Trump's decision to attack presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as an "angry" Black woman would backfire.

Reacting to the president's remarks about Harris during a Fox Business interview, in which he called her "a mad woman" who is "so angry," Jones said that Trump would only work to make the California senator more of a sympathetic figure.

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Trump calls Kamala Harris ‘nasty’ because he dreads being challenged by ‘strong Black women’: CNN’s April Ryan

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CNN's April Ryan on Thursday said that President Donald Trump has resorted to calling Sen. Kamala Harris "nasty" because it's his go-to reaction whenever he's challenged by "strong Black women."

When discussing the president's attacks on the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, Ryan explained that the president will always fall back on the lowest common denominators of racism and sexism.

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Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump captures the ‘rage’ of the president

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President Donald Trump let long-time reporter Bob Woodward in again to write another book about him. This one will be called Rage, scheduled to be released Sept. 15.

According to a CNN exclusive, Woodward did more than a dozen interviews with the president for the book at the White House, Mar-a-Lago and over the phone.

Woodward's previous book Fear, was attacked by the president as "lies" and using "phony sources." In this case, Trump is the source. He was previously furious when his staff didn't tell him about Woodward's multiple attempts to interview him for Fear.

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