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The Daily BeastOct 18, 2019
Laura Ingraham: Mick Mulvaney Admitted to Quid Pro Quo Because He's Not a Lawyer (Except He Is!)
Fox NewsHours after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney held a disastrous press briefing in which he acknowledged a quid pro quo with Ukraine and said politics were influencing President Donald Trump's foreign policy decisions, Fox News host Laura Ingraham tried to blame Mulvaney's performance on the fact that he isn't a lawyer.

There's just one problem with Ingraham's theory: Mulvaney is a lawyer.

Midway through Thursday afternoon's White House presser, the acting chief of staff said Trump mentioned the corruption he was concerned about in Ukraine was "related to the DNC server" and that was the reason "why we held up the money." After admitting to a quid pro quo, Mulvaney added that everybody needs to "get over it" and realize there's "going to be political influence in foreign policy."

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Fox PoliticsOct 18, 2019
Trump likens Syria violence to schoolyard fight, credits 'unconventional' approachase-fire
President Trump on Thursday likened the Turkish offensive against the Kurds to a schoolyard fight, saying, "sometimes you have to let them fight a little while" before you separate them.

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Reuters PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump blasts 'crazy' Nancy Pelosi and Democrats, defends Syria pullout
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his Syria pullout at a campaign rally on Thursday and lashed out at "crazy Nancy" Pelosi and other Democrats who are trying to remove him from office through impeachment.

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Live updates: Trump advisers and DOJ enraged by Mulvaney remarks; Pelosi puts no timetable on impeachment inquiry (Washington Post Politics)

Fox PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mitt Romney slams Trump for withdrawing US troops from Syria, says cease-fire ‘far from a victory'
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Thursday slammed the Trump administration, calling the recently announced ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish-led forces in Syria "far from a victory."  

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Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
‘Get over it': Mulvaney's twin admissions put Trump at the center of emoluments and Ukraine controversies
In admitting that Trump had personally intervened to award a multimillion-dollar summit to his own company, and that the president had also used taxpayer money as leverage to push a Ukrainian investigation into Democrats, Mulvaney embraced a Trumpian tactic: saying the quiet — and potentially illegal — part out loud.

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The Daily BeastOct 17, 2019
Trevor Noah Can't Believe Mick Mulvaney Just Confessed to Trump-Ukraine ‘Corruption'
Comedy CentralTrevor Noah spent a few minutes on Thursday night's edition of The Daily Show examining the day's "surprise press conference" from Trump's "acting" Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who "shocked everyone in the room" by admitting that there was a "quid pro quo" in the administration's dealings with Ukraine and that everyone should just "get over it."

Hours later, Mulvaney had to walk back his statement, directly contradicting himself by saying, "?Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian and military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election."

"OK, hold up, hold up," Noah said in response. "Trump has said on multiple occasions ‘no quid pro quo of any kind.' Now, middle-aged Harry Potter is coming out saying that there was a certain type of quid pro quo and everyone must ‘get over it?'"

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Mulvaney brashly admits quid pro quo over Ukraine aid as key details emerge -- and then denies doing so (CNN Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
‘All roads lead to Putin:' Pelosi questions Trump's loyalty in White House clash
The House speaker described the moment captured by a White House photographer when she challenged the president amid bipartisan anger of his decision on Syria.

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Pentagon official won't testify Friday to House impeachment probe (Reuters Politics)

Huffington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
In Dallas, Trump Unleashes Wrath On Democrats As Impeachment Inquiry Finds Foothold
Earlier in the day, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed Trump ordered military aid to Ukraine to be put on hold. He later denied those remarks.

CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump unhappy with Mulvaney's press briefing in which he acknowledged quid pro quo, source says
President Donald Trump is not pleased with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing and his acknowledgment on Thursday of a quid pro quo, according to a source close to the President.

Drudge ReportOct 17, 2019
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Huffington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump On Turkey And Kurds: 'You Have To Let Them Fight Like 2 Kids'
At his campaign rally in Dallas, the president brought up Turkey's agreement to temporarily pause its attacks on Kurdish-held northern Syria.

CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mulvaney outlines White House Ukraine defense: Quid pro quo was about 2016 not 2020
The White House has settled on its defense for President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani's actions on Ukraine: It's all about 2016, not 2020.

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CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Energy Secretary Rick Perry informs President Trump of his plans to resign later this year as scrutiny over Ukraine heats up
Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Donald Trump that he plans to resign from his post, two administration officials confirmed to White House reporters on Thursday.

New York Times PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo
At first the acting White House chief of staff undercut the president's denial of a quid pro quo. Late in the day he reversed himself.

Reuters PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump says U.S. Energy Secretary Perry to step down at end of the year
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Mulvaney's rationalization for the Ukraine aid quid pro quo makes no sense
What he says happened makes no sense. What he says Trump wanted makes no sense.

Reuters PoliticsOct 17, 2019
U.S. Senate fails to override Trump veto of bill to end border emergency
President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, which he says allows him to redirect federal funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, will stay in effect after the U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to override his veto of legislation terminating the executive action.

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New York Times PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump Compares Turks and Kurds to ‘Two Kids' Fighting
Hours after his vice president and secretary of state brokered a cease-fire, President Trump said he was right to let Turkey attack America's Kurdish allies because it eventually led to a deal.

Drudge ReportOct 17, 2019
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Fox PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Beto O'Rourke: Congress should block Trump from hosting G-7 at his Doral resort
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, one of the Democrats seeking to unseat President Trump in 2020, urged Republicans in Congress to envoke a clause of the Constitution that potentially would block President Trump from hosting the G-7 summit at a Trump resort in Doral, Fla.

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Fox News' Andrew Napolitano: Hosting G-7 At Trump Resort Is 'Profound' Emoluments Breach (Huffington Post Politics)

Fox PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump rally in Dallas marked by enthusiasm, in sharp contrast to chaos in Minneapolis
President Trump was headlining a campaign rally on friendly turf in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, just hours after Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would soon step aside amid scrutiny from House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry.

Huffington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
GOP Senators Shrug As Trump Plans To Host G-7 Summit At His Own Resort
"I just think it's another day in the life of Washington, D.C., these days," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said.

Fox PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Pence says Erdogan knows Trump 'says what he means' after Syria cease-fire
Fox News' Chief White House correspondent John Roberts sat down with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara, Turkey Thursday following Pence's announcement that Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. 

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Yahoo PoliticsOct 17, 2019
'Climate change will not be on the agenda' of next G-7, White House says
President Trump will not be discussing climate change at the next G-7 meeting, his acting chief of staff says.


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The Daily BeastOct 17, 2019
Pence Just Ratified All of Turkey's War Aims in Syria
via REUTERSLast month, at the United Nations, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waved a map of northeastern Syria before the world's dignitaries. His point was to demand U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, whom Washington had relied upon to fight the so-called Islamic State, get out. His subtext was that he was ready to violently extend the Turkish border southward, seizing Syrian territory. 

In Ankara on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence gave Erdogan everything the Turks wanted in the long-telegraphed war Erdogan launched following a green light from President Donald Trump during a now-infamous Oct. 6 phone call. The U.S. did not even get the status quo ante. 

The Turks did not agree to withdraw from Syrian territory. They agreed to a ceasefire, Pence announced. Over the next five days, the Kurdish forces that the U.S. abandoned are to withdraw approximately 20 miles south. In exchange, the Trump administration agreed not to implement new sanctions—Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen introduced a new sanctions package as Pence briefed reporters—and, should the Turkish ceasefire hold, will lift those the administration placed on Turkey after Trump's greenlight drew widespread backlash. 

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CNN PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump's Syria policy and behavior in meeting alarm Republicans
Members of President Donald Trump's own party are privately alarmed at his demeanor this week and his apparent lack of understanding of the consequences of his Syria policy, according to a Republican source familiar with a recent White House meeting.

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Yahoo PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Romney speculates Turkey called Trump's bluff: 'Are we so weak and inept?'
The Utah senator delivers an impassioned speech on the Senate floor that accuses the president of betraying American values.


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Reuters PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump to host G7 summit at his Florida golf resort, sparking criticism
U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year's Group of Seven economic summit of developed nations' leaders at his Florida golf resort, a move Democrats and others decried as more evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain.

Reuters PoliticsOct 17, 2019
U.S. Energy Secretary Perry has told Trump he will step down: source
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told President Donald Trump he will step down, a day before a deadline set by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives for him to turn over documents in the impeachment probe, according to a source familiar with the matter.

New York Times PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Trump Will Host Next G7 Summit at His Doral Resort
"It's almost like they built this facility to host this type of event," the acting White House chief of staff said, dismissing questions over the propriety of the president picking his own hotel.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Republicans block Senate vote on resolution condemning Trump's decision on Syria
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued that Congress has not authorized the use of force in Syria.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Who was in the White House photo of the ‘meltdown' meeting, annotated
The Fix analyzes the reactions of everyone in the photo President Trump tweeted out of the White House "meltdown" meeting.

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PoliticoOct 17, 2019
Senate Republicans reject effort to condemn Trump's Syria withdrawal
The House this week overwhelmingly voted to condemn the pullout.

The Daily BeastOct 16, 2019
Trump Rages at Pelosi, Mattis, and Communists During ‘Meltdown' in White House Meeting
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/GettyPresident Donald Trump invited Democratic Party leaders to the White House on Wednesday and proceeded to have what those leaders described as a "meltdown" in front of them. Before the lawmakers left early, Trump managed to rail against communists, his own former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and House speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom he called "a third-rate politician," according to the Democratic leaders and sources' descriptions of the meeting.

Shortly after the brief, cross-partisan meeting with the president in the Cabinet Room—which was convened to discuss Syria and Turkey-related matters—Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) emerged to give a readout to reporters on what was, in Schumer's words, Trump's "nasty diatribe."

"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown—sad to say," Pelosi told reporters. "I think that vote, the size of the vote—more than 2-to-1 of the Republicans voted to oppose what the president did [on troops in Syria]—it probably got to the president, because he was shaken up by it [and] that's why we couldn't continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it."

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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