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A Lot Worse Than We’d Heard

U.S. President Donald Trump takes phone calls from children as he participates in tracking Santa Claus' movements with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve in the East R... U.S. President Donald Trump takes phone calls from children as he participates in tracking Santa Claus' movements with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve in the East Room of the White House December 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 25, 2019 11:07 a.m.

I’m not really sure what to say about this “transcript.” First, it’s not actually a transcript. It says explicitly that it is a rough approximation of what was said, based on note-taking by Situation Room Duty Officers. But what’s contained in this memorandum is considerably worse and frankly more insane than what we’d been led to believe. All the references to talking to Rudy Giuliani and going after Biden and his son are there. But there is a bunch more. Aside from a lot of color which is largely President Zelensky’s desperate efforts to ingratiate himself with Trump, there are four cardinal points.

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