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“At the core of this is the president of the United States clearly fearful because he knows what he did. And he knows that Bob Mueller and the investigation that they are conducting is on to what he did. And that's the result of the tweets. But there's something else here that is truly dangerous, and that is the venom that he has begun to feed on almost a daily basis out into the public. We saw it at the rally the other night, and It’s no longer fun, none of it is funny, it’s truly dangerous. And we keep referring to his base. Well, I'm sorry, but the people we saw the other evening at that rally, if that's his base, it's deranged,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and President Donald Trump’s rally in Tampa Bay, Florida, where attendees, who support the president, berated reporters. Listen to more of the discussion here with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough.

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POTUS: spewing “venom"

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Listen in on the conversation with Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and the New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore about whether the private forum of Facebook is a platform or a publisher and what rules should apply. “There are so many offensive elements of Facebook—people who are on Facebook with just offensive messaging. How much is Facebook bound by the First Amendment in terms of removing elements like that?” asks Barnicle. Listen to Confessore’s response here on MSNBC.

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Facebook’s identity crisis

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“Russia, Iran, North Korea, all certainly pivot points that are right there in our face. What is the relationship in dealing with this between Pompeo, Jim Mattis, and John Bolton?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who has reported on seven U.S. presidents, during a conversation about the relationships among Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, national security adviser John Bolton when it comes to foreign policy in the unprecedented era helmed by President Donald J. Trump. Listen to Mitchell’s response here.

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Trump & Foreign Policy

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Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe crew talks about President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Tampa Bay, Florida, this week, where attendees, who support the president, berated reporters at the rally. “(Trump) has effectively changed the culture around coverage of his presidency, and you saw it again vividly last night on display in Florida. We’ve seen it every time, and it has worked for him. The ultimate mystery…and it includes most of the members of the Republican Party, both the House and the Senate: How is it that we have had effectively war declared in the United States of America by Russia, war declared on us, carried out, an act of war carried out on us—and they seem not to care about that? That is a huge mystery.”

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Russia: War on the U.S.

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Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation with host Joe Scarborough, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire about the last few days in the life of President Donald Trump, topped off by his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, who admitted that he wanted Trump to win the US presidential election. Hear what happens when Lemire asked Putin whether Russia has “compromising material on President Trump or his family” during a joint press conference between the two leaders.

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Does Russia have “compromising material on President Trump or his family?"

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“To use a phrase: Yesterday really was a day to cry for the country. This great republic that means so much to so many around the world. To see the president of the United States, Mr. Trump, shrink – shrink – next to Vladimir Putin, to drop his oath of office, to drop his duty on a world stage — to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And then to have so many here in this country, on TV programs like this one say, ‘what a surprise.’ No, this was not a surprise. This was Mr. Trump in full view of the world. This is who he is: ignorant, narcissistic, all involved with himself. His priority is himself, not the country, not the presidency. He is unaware of history. He was unaware certainly yesterday of anything that this republic has stood for through the ages. The only thing he was aware of, clearly, was that he was in Putin’s pocket,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about the fallout from President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, the day after the gathering between the two leaders, where President Trump sided with President Putin over US intelligence on the topic of Russian interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Trump: “In Putin’s Pocket"

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As the Morning Joe comments on the arrivals of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin for their much anticipated one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle observes: “As we get ready to see President Putin emerge from his plane, it occurs to a lot of people that he has already achieved success. He's gotten a free pass from the president of the United States in his invasion of Ukraine, the fourth anniversary tomorrow of shooting down the Malaysian Airliner, disrupting and declaring war on the American political system, and here he is on board with the president of the United States side by side.” Listen in on the conversation here.

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Trump and Putin

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Listen in on the Morning Joe discussion with the New York Times’ Michael Schmidt about President Donald Trump’s lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani, setting new conditions on an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller and Giuliani saying that the chances the president would be voluntarily questioned were growing increasingly unlikely. “Michael, Giuliani seems to have indicated that he and the defense team have interviewed everyone who Mueller and his team have interviewed. According to your reporting, do you think that's accurate?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Schmidt. Hear the conversation now.

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Trump’s new conditions on Mueller

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While the Morning Joe panel talks about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggesting his trip to North Korea to discuss denuclearization had been “productive,” which contradicts North Korea’s view that the talks were “regrettable,” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The interesting thing about the North Korean stuff is you can clearly see, if you think about it for just a second, this is now Pompeo's deal, not Trump's deal. They're going to hang this on Pompeo. Mike Pompeo is going to wear this.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough.

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Pompeo’s North Korea Plan

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While the Morning Joe panel discusses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney winning the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in his adopted state of Utah, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle comments: “Knowing him pretty well, there's one added factor I would put into the mix here: At this stage of his life, having experienced everything he's experienced—success, financial success, political success, as well as defeat—he’s a free man, and as a free man, he will be a truthful man.” Listen to more of the discussion here with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Jon Meacham.

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Romney for Senate: "He’s a free man"

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On Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks Axios national political reporter Jonathan Swan about news just breaking that President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton will meet in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "John Bolton's past attitudes toward Russia are somewhat different than Donald Trump's careening and constantly changing attitudes toward Russia. What is going to go on…at the Kremlin, according to your sources? What do you think is going to happen here?” asks Barnicle. Listen to Swan’s response here.

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Bolton and Putin

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Listen in while Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle talk about President Donald Trump’s latest business threat — this time to Harley-Davidson, which he says will be "taxed like never before" if the motorcycle maker moves production overseas. Barnicle asks: "Is this president so emboldened, so free of any restraints in his own mind, as well as his own behavior? Does he think that he can do whatever it is he wants to do — to go after individual corporations and now with the Supreme Court decision he has successfully, probably, in his own mind, gone after a specific religion in this world: The Muslim faith. I mean, what is going on here? We know it's an era of broken norms; but, this is really nearly now approaching beyond belief.” Hear more of the conversation here.

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POTUS: “Approaching beyond belief"

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Listen in to the conversation between Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump's bashing of German automakers in South Carolina, where BMW and other car makers manufacture and employ thousands of people, during a rally in West Columbia, S.C.

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POTUS bashes German automakers

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"The president clearly tries every day, multiple times a day, to sell ‘MS-13 is around us. MS-13 is coming to Long Island,’ and they are in Long Island. They are everywhere. They’re in Lawrence, Massachusetts. MS-13, its origins are in Los Angeles. Its orientation is in Los Angeles. It was in the United States of America that MS-13 was actually assembled years ago. But, the larger issue here is…unfortunately for us, part of our history that we have to address is: It's always been easy to sell fear in this country….Donald Trump is a master of two things: capitalizing on resentment and selling fear—always has been,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough about illegal immigration and the dwindling percentage of gang members illegally coming to America in light of former Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee’s tweet of photo of five men who appear to be using hand signs associated with the MS-13 gang with the caption, "Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House." Listen to more of the discussion here.

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President Trump: "Selling Fear"

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“The striking thing is when you talk to people, average Americans, there are no more political parties. There’s only Trump. It's amazing he has blocked so much out…It's not daily, it's repeatedly during the course of a day—multiple times during the course of almost any day—that he says or does something that used to be outrageous, used to be shocking and now it's become kind of a norm, which is very dangerous,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel talks about President Donald Trump, amid the controversy regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to separate migrant families at the border. Listen to more of the discussion here.

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Barnicle: "There’s only Trump"

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“They’ve effectively orphaned thousands of children taking them from their parents…It's just another unraveling of what America has stood for, for over 200 years. And I don't know how anyone in the Republican Party, no matter which wing of the Republican Party you're on--and I'm not asking you to explain all of it or all of them--but how can they sit there so silently while this is going on?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with host Mika Brzezinski and MSNBC political contributor Rick Tyler about the Trump administration’s decision to separate migrant families at the border. Listen to the discussion here.

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Trump’s Family Separation Policy

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“Jeremy Bash, does it seem to you that the accusations leveled yesterday in federal court against Paul Manafort — and the way they were dropped at the end of the day, toward the end of the day, with not a hint that they were coming, not a word leaking out of Bob Mueller's operation — that this is one of the contributing factors to the president and his team's increasing anxiety and nervousness about the president's legal position?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of NBC News national security analyst Jeremy Bash during a conversation about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, following news that the Special Counsel's Office has accused former Trump campaign chairman Manafort of attempting to get witnesses to lie for him in court and has asked the judge to send Manafort to jail as he awaits his trial. Listen to Bash’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

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The Ongoing Russia Probe

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During the Morning Joe discussion about whether President Donald Trump will fire Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer, following reports that indicate Trump is growing increasingly annoyed with Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz, veteran columnist asks: "Joe, the more this continues -- the presidency as theater -- you have to ask the question: Are we being played by Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani? Because every day Giuliani says something that is so odd and so at odds with the law as we know it that you wonder: Are they just continuing this thing to keep us preoccupied? Look what we're not talking about….This is just a classic shell game that they’re playing, perhaps unwittingly.” Hear more of the conversation with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski now.

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Trump and Giuliani: “A classic shell game"

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During a Morning Joe conversation with Amanda Carpenter, author of the new book “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us,” veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks her: “You can call it gaslighting, you can call it lying; but you have to have intent to do it effectively, and the intent here is not in terms of sitting down prior to lying or gaslighting and planning something. It’s momentary; it just flows out in a particular moment, and it's like secondary gaslighting. There’s no planning to it.” Listen to more of the conversation about the “phenomenon” of President Donald Trump’s lies.

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"Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us"

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“Why would (President Donald Trump) be unafraid to take the Fifth Amendment? Look at where he is today and look what he's done. Look what he's been publicly accused of doing. Why would taking the Fifth Amendment, do you think, hurt him among his core constituency,” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough as the panel speculates whether Trump would exercise his Fifth Amendment right if subpoenaed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Listen to Scarborough’s response here.

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Will President Trump Plead the Fifth?