The White House is a hot mess

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Got a minute? ‘Downward spiral,’ senator says… too much ‘drama,’ says another… yelling matches after Trump accused of sharing info with Russia… and everything else today in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

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After four months in crisis mode, Donald Trump’s White House appeared to be nearing a breaking point, as it struggled to defend against reports that the president spilled highly sensitive beans to Russian diplomats in a meeting last week, after he fired the FBI director.

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National security adviser HR McMaster took over press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing to assert that whatever Trump told the Russians was “wholly appropriate”. But even elected Republicans begged to differ.

How Trump undercuts his staff

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“They are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening,” Tennessee senator Bob Corker said. “We could do with a little less drama from the White House,” majority leader Mitch McConnell said.

Yates: Trump ignored my warnings

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“There is fear among … senior advisers about leaving [Trump] alone in meetings with foreign leaders,” the New York Times reported. Other reporters witnessed a drastic scene after aides Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders went into a meeting.

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WH comms staffers just put the TVs on super loud after we could hear yelling coming from room w/ Bannon, Spicer, Sanders

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Trump is scheduled to head out on an extended foreign trip on Friday, including to Israel, which was just revealed as the source of the highly sensitive information Trump was said to have let slip to the Russians.

Trump to rely on his charisma

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European official to AP: Country might stop sharing intel with US if Trump gave classified info to Russians. https://t.co/h4VbZKxkuy

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Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?

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It was a great honor to welcome the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the @WhiteHouse today! pic.twitter.com/4BWjOCgnNv

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Tomorrow’s @NYDailyNews on Trump: “Leaker of the Free World” pic.twitter.com/ure1hVDmHu

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Imagine being Sean Spicer and seeing this headline. https://t.co/2QpnMoe5bg pic.twitter.com/LrplWqR5Yv

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Thank you Lt. Governor @LopezCantera for the single most #Florida video of 2017. https://t.co/d7yORHWzjw

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