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White House officials must be ‘tearing their hair out’ over Trump’s Ghislaine Maxwell remarks: CNN’s Acosta

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On CNN Tuesday, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down the implications of President Donald Trump’s comments that he wishes Jeffrey Epstein’s accused child sex trafficking accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell well.

“Has the president been wishing her well before?” asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.

“I don’t believe so,” said Acosta. “I have to imagine, Wolf, that there are White House officials behind the scenes who are just tearing their hair out, you know, when they heard the president say that. Here is a situation where there are only a few months left in this campaign. He’s asked about Ghislaine Maxwell, who is an accused sex trafficker at this point, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced, you know, financier who obviously is no longer alive, committed suicide. And the president is wishing Maxwell well.”

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“That is going to just set the hair on fire of the White House officials,” said Acosta. “They definitely don’t want to hear the president asked about those sorts of things. And those are the distractions that White House officials are worried about when he goes out there and holds these sorts of news conferences. That particular sound bite is going to play over and over again … he should’ve taken the news conference back on track and put it back on the track of the coronavirus.”

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Trump will ‘put a bullet into the country’ before he lets a court say he lost the election: NYT columnist

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On CNN Wednesday, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman tore into President Donald Trump's efforts to destabilize and devalue the presidential election in the case of his defeat.

"We're seeing the greatest voter suppression enterprise ever mounted in this country, led by the president of the United States," said Friedman. "He's basically telling us, every day now in every way, and in that debate that 73 million Americans watched, that one of two things are going to happen on November 3rd ... either I am going to be elected by a majority of votes cast that day, or I'm going to delegitimize this election. He's laying the basis for the delegitimization of any election that does not return him to the office. We have never seen this before out of any president. It is the greatest voter suppression effort every mounted in this country. And it's going to have huge — it's already having huge ramifications."

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Susan Rice: Vladimir Putin is doing a ‘happy dance’ over Trump’s ‘unhinged raving and ranting’

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On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tore into President Donald Trump for his implosion on the debate stage — and warned that it will further erode U.S. leadership around the world.

"Let's be clear how the rest of the world reacted," said Rice. "Our friends and allies, I believe, did a collective faceplant of just shame and embarrassment and despair. Vladimir Putin is doing the happy dance in the Kremlin tonight because, leaving aside the white supremacy comments or lack of comments about white supremacy, what Donald Trump did in his unhinged ranting and raving was to discredit civil discourse, disparage the American people, to whom he didn't even give the dignity of serious responses, and to get up and say before the American people yet again that he will not respect the results of this election unless he himself is the winner, which is the idea of democracy. Vladimir Putin is doing the happening the happy dance and, in Beijing, state media is crowing that the debate was chaotic, disorderly and shows democracy is a form of government that should be discredited and discarded and their form is in fact correct."

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Ex-Homeland Security official describes how Trump suppressed efforts to fight white supremacist terrorism

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On CNN Wednesday, former Trump administration national security staffer Miles Taylor outlined how the president's soft spot for white supremacy — put on full display at the previous night's presidential debate — carried over into federal policy.

"You previously told me President Trump didn't prioritize white supremacist violence or domestic threats in general," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "How did that become clear in your meetings with him and your work deep inside the Trump administration?"

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