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Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

Articles by Nichole

In a closed-to-press event in New York on Thursday morning, President Trump had harsh words for the person who gave the intelligence community whistleblower information about Trump’s July call with the Ukrainian president and the Trump implied that he wanted to punish that person.

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Several prominent Senate Democrats asked the Defense Department inspector general to investigate the White House withholding congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine. The funding has become a key element of the saga unfolding around President Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine and a whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s efforts to get the foreign leader to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attempted to distance himself from questions about his phone call with President Trump, the American President summed up his answer for him: “In other words, no pressure,” Trump said, after Zelensky gave a timid response, suggesting he didn’t want to get involved in the United States’ election process.

Thus kicked off an off-the-rocker pool spray with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, in which Trump took the time to scratch each of his favorite conspiracy theory itches in front of Zelensky and U.S. and foreign reporters.

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