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“Donald Trump yesterday refuted what he said on Monday because he felt forced to make that statement on Monday and he resented having to make that statement on Monday because it made him look weak. But Donald Trump is a strong man, and he's going to stick to his beliefs. So, he stood up there yesterday and spoke from his own sense of inner strength. That's what he gave the country: Enormous division, enormous ability for the right wing, Nazis, Ku Klux Klan people to say: “Yeah he’s my guy’,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. "And the Republican legislators and Republican donors — forget them. This is about three things that all begin with C: Character, Courage and Country. It's not about politics now. It's about the country. Every president we've had, has been by definition of being a human being, has had flaws. No president has ever had flaws that so divide the country that we live in. It’s our country — not his.” Listen to more of the discussion here about the fallout from President Donald Trump's impromptu news conference in New York where he blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side.

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“This is a side show in a sense, the American Nazi party – the Nazis – in the streets in Charlottesville. Donald Trump is the deal: He gives them voice, he gives them strength, he gives them spine. He’s their President,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about white supremacists cheering President Donald Trump’s impromptu New York news conference, during which POTUS blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side. Listen to more of the discussion here about how POTUS has empowered Neo-Nazis and white supremacists with his words.

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POTUS Defends White Supremacists

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“This is a resilient country. We have survived, gotten up off the floor after assassinations, during wars, after terrorist attacks, after natural disasters; but, what happened yesterday was quite different. What happened yesterday because of the nature of the media and all of the tools we have available to us today, will live forever….You'll see and remember the President of the United States pouring words like salt on open wounds of race, of class, of gender, of income inequality. You’ll see the President of the United States not only diminishing the office, but diminishing himself by misconstruing history, which he certainly has not read and certainly does not understand,” says Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about President Trump’s impromptu news conference in New York where he blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists with the "alt-left" on the other side. "What we ought to be talking about is the country and the people who represent the country in Washington D.C. because now it’s up to them. What are they going to do? Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, tweeted last night without mentioning the President's name. Put his name on it, Mr. Speaker. It was the President. Put his name on it and do something about it."

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Barnicle: Hold The President Accountable

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"Donald Trump...artfully but fraudulently...managed to, without really saying it, identify with a huge, huge percentage of people in this country who suffered grievous losses in 2008 and 2009: They lost jobs, they lost income, they lost retirement savings, they lost their homes – many of them – and a lot of them also put their sons and daughters at risk of losing them in a war that's being fought for 16 years. These are the people, the composition, the basis of what the Democratic Party used to be, and they fled because of optics,” explains veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he joins the Charlie Rose panel with Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, to discuss the current problems facing the Democratic Party. Listen to more of the discussion only on PBS.

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Donald Trump: Artful but Fraudulent

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Joining Charlie Rose to discuss the current issues facing the Democratic Party, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “I think the larger problem for the Democrats is they basically have to answer a question individually and collectively as a party: `Who are you? What do you represent?’ The Democrats...have to get younger. Their message has to be more encompassing. It’s got to be economic. It’s got to be cultural. It's got to be social. It’s got to address things like education reform, what robotics are going to do to your job, what artificial intelligence might do to your children's jobs, what's going on in your kids’ schools. Do you have daycare, can you afford childcare? A whole range of social issues. They’ve got to be unafraid to wade into that.” Hear more of the conversation here with Charlie Rose, Al Hunt of Bloomberg View and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress only on PBS.

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Democrats: Who Are You?

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“Joe, that trust number and that base number; what are you thinking about if you’re a political adviser to the President of the United States?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of host Joe Scarborough as the panel reviews President Donald Trump’s lowest poll numbers in a CNN survey, which reports that President Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is down to 59 percent and 73 percent of Americans don’t trust most of what the White House says. Listen to Scarborough’s response here.

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Trust in POTUS Down

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“Joe…let me ask you. You're sitting out there in your district or your state. You’re looking at these numbers about your President of the United States. Someone stands up and starts really hammering the President in a town hall meeting. What’s the strength of your reflection and your support for your Republican president?” hypothetically asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of host Joe Scarborough during a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s sliding poll numbers and the uptick on Republican and constituent frustration with POTUS. Tune in to the conversation here.

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Support Down for POTUS

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“What’s happening in places where climate change is enveloping local communities, where climate change affects people who actually work for a living? We were talking about South Carolina. A place that’s a hot bed of politics all year around, but it is also a legitimate hot bed. If you’re going to work in a factory in South Carolina you might be paying more in air conditioning bills from like April through October. Probably the bill equals the gross national product of Switzerland. Your thoughts?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The New York Times national reporter Yamiche Alcindor during a conversation about the realities of climate change in America. Listen to Alcindor’s response here.

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Climate Change Woes

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“Both the House and the Senate are back home in their districts and in their states, and they’re having these meetings and anecdotally, you hear the most frequent questions they’re getting asked are: `What are you people doing in Washington. You seem to be doing nothing, other than trying to take away my health care.’ That’s what they have to respond to,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as he and host Joe Scarborough discuss the struggles Republican lawmakers are having with their constituents and President Donald Trump’s low and discouraging poll numbers. Listen in on the conversation here.

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Health Care Answers Needed

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“Phil Rucker, John Kelly has carried quite a load in his military career. He's now White House Chief of Staff. He attracts enormous support and respect from anyone who knows him, who has worked under him. How does he cope with this in this White House? What's going on there?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker during a wide- ranging conversation about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and the polls showing slipping support for President Donald Trump. Listen to the discussion and Rucker’s response here.

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John Kelly to the Rescue?

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“Visually and verbally it struck me as someone taking the podium, a young guy, who in his earlier life - I don't how many times - he probably had his lunch stolen from him. `And give me the Twinkies too.’ And now this is his get-back moment,” comments veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the MSNBC Deadline: White House panel discusses White House advisor Stephen Miller’s heated exchange with with CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a press briefing over an immigration proposal backed by President Donald Trump. Hear the exchange and the ensuing conversation here.

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White House Antics

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Joining Nicolle Wallace’s MSNBC program Deadline: White House, veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle says of the Trump Administration: “The irony is that they came into office with Steve Bannon's theory about redoing all elements of government: Downsizing the State Department, reordering gender equality in the military, destroying the existing health care bill and coming up with another health care piece of legislation. But, what's happened is that every day, every single day, either by tweets, actual verbiage or actual action, Donald Trump has redefined and downsized the presidency both in Congress and, I think, among large elements of the American public. I don't know that the definition of the presidency and the way people think of the presidency will remain the same.” Listen to more of the conversation here.

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Redefining the Presidency

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“It's a pretty simple landscape that we're looking at because in every instance that we’ve mentioned here today — whether it's Russia, whether it’s the drafting of the statement on the plane, whatever it is, the source of conflict with the truth is the President of the United States. And that leads to an unbelievable burden on people like (Chief of Staff) John Kelly or John Dowd – one of his lawyers,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the ongoing discussion about the widening Investigation into the Russia controversy that surrounds President Donald Trump’s Administration and the recent disclosure that POTUS, while returning home from the G-20 summit, personally crafted his son Donald Trump Jr.’s misleading statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer. Tune in to the conversation here.

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Trump’s “Truth” Problem

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Listen in on the discussion between Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and The Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein about the big job ahead for new Trump Administration Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly. From stopping the President’s often misguided tweets to changing the perception about a White House in chaos to staffing up the Administration, what will Gen. Kelly tackle first and can he be successful with all the obstacles he faces?

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Gen. Kelly’s 'To Do’ List

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses the vast changes in President Donald Trump’s Administration and the appointment of Gen. John Kelly as the new White House Chief of Staff, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “General Kelly…has a sense of the chain of command, a loyalty to the chain of command, but a larger loyalty to his country. If there is, and they’ve been lucky so far, there’s been no international crisis yet really. We’re on the verge of one with North Korea, obviously. But General Kelly will be the guy you want there and if anybody does anything that he thinks harms the country, that's where the rubber hits the road.” Listen to the conversation here, including comments about the role of the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, her “sense of entitlement” and “flawed sense of her own importance.”

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Trending: Trump Turnover

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During the conversation about President Donald J. Trump’s ongoing troubles within the West Wing, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “It’s interesting when you think about the role that Republicans – Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Bob Corker, other respected Republicans in the Senate and House – might well have to play as this continues. They might well have to go to The White House to tell the President: ‘Mr. President you’re not only playing with fire – you are on fire. And you’ve got to stay away from Bob Mueller’.” Hear more of the discussion with Nicolle Wallace, John Heilemann, Steve Rattner and Eddie Glaude Jr. only on MSNBC.

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Sink or Swim

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“His problem, the country’s problem, the world’s problem is: The president is the communications director. He’s his own communications director,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion with The New York Times correspondent Michael Schmidt about President Donald Trump’s convoluted interview with the paper and news that a new communications director is about to be named. Watch the exchange here. Only on MSNBC.

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Barnicle: POTUS is his own communications director

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“Admiral, paying attention to events…under this administration, are we not in effect building a freeway from Tehran right into Damascus? Isn't Syria going to end up an Iranian state?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis during a conversation about the Trump Administration’s foreign policy as it applies to Iran and Syria. Listen to Stavridis’ response about the precarious status of foreign policy today.

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Foreign Policy Update

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“Richard Haass, let's start with Syria. A long held understated policy of arming the rebels in the south of Syria has apparently now ended. What does this mean for any strategy going forward?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard N. Haass during a conversation about the Washington Post reporting that President Donald J. Trump has ended the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, which is a move long sought by Russia. Listen to Haass’ response and the strong words of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on the topic. Read The Post’s story here: http://wapo.st/2txlXyd

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The Latest in Syria

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“Jeremy used the phrase ‘palpable sense,’ and I would pose this to you: That you get a palpable sense that everybody out there this morning gassing up their automobiles on their way to work or grocery shopping or whatever -- they don't care that the Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the presidency. What they do care about, then you get a palpable sense of this, is that the entire system is broken, and it poses a threat to people of both parties. Any incumbent, I think, is in dire danger going up into the election year of next year because of the sense that the system is fractured and people on both sides of the aisle do very little to heal it,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters about conservative groups pushing a campaign for tax reform. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Barnicle: The System is Fractured