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Trump was ‘fuming’ after Defense Secretary Esper’s de facto ban on Confederate flags: report

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper speaks to the press during a press conference at the Pentagon Briefing Room in Washington, D.C., Jan. 7, 2020. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Mejia)

According to sources close to the matter speaking to CNN, President Trump lashed out after Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued a directive that essentially banned the display of the Confederate flag on U.S. military bases.

“According to two people familiar with his reaction, Trump was fuming over Esper’s carefully worded memo that did not mention the flag by name, but effectively banned it from being flown on military installations by not naming it,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reports.

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As CNN points out, Trump has expressed support for people who choose to fly the Confederate flag. Esper’s move is apparently the latest downturn in his relationship with Trump that has “significantly deteriorated in recent months.”


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Trump met with boos and chants of ‘vote him out’ outside the Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump went to the Supreme Court Thursday morning to pay their respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg but they were met with a very unfriendly audience.

Trump was seen with his eyes closed swaying from side to side, as a slow stream of boos threaded through the audience growing louder and louder. The crowd then began to chant "vote him out" more and more fiercely.

Trump then hung his head and walked inside the building rather than listen to the jeers.

A whopping 62 percent of Americans don't want Trump to appoint the next Supreme Court justice, according to a Reuters poll posted earlier this week.

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Sarah Sanders says Trump isn’t planning to leave: ‘I don’t think he expects to need any transfer of power’

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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is not planning for a peaceful transfer of power because he expects to win.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November.

"We're going to have to see what happens. You know that I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,” he remarked. “Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer frankly. There'll be a continuation.”

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Republicans call out Trump’s comments on refusing to leave peacefully — but never mention him by name

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Several Republican lawmakers on Thursday seemingly called out President Donald Trump for refusing to say if he'd allow for a peaceful transfer of power -- but none of them actually mentioned the president by name.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the first out of the gate on Wednesday night, when he tweeted that "any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable."

He was followed on Thursday morning by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who more opaquely said that "as we have done for over two centuries we will have a legitimate & fair election" and "at noon on Jan 20,2021 we will peacefully swear in the President."

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