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Trump tweets praise for Bollywood romcom featuring same-sex couple on eve of India visit

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President Trump provoked confused reactions on Friday after he heralded the release of a Bollywood movie that focuses on a same-sex couple.

“Great!” Trump tweeted in response to longtime gay rights campaign Peter Tatchell, who wrote on Twitter that the romantic comedy, titled “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan,” was intended to persuade older Indians to support the nation’s recent decriminalization of homosexuality.

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The Trump administration has pushed to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of countries around the world. The initiative is led by U.S. ambassador to Germany and current acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell, who is openly gay.

In September 2018, India’s Supreme Court declared Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized sexual acts “against the order of nature,” to be unconstitutional. Trump is scheduled to visit the country next week.

For PinkNews and others, Trump’s tweet was a shock. One of their headlines read: “Donald Trump just retweeted a PinkNews article about a gay Bollywood romance – and we’re as confused as you are.”

“Shock horror!” Tatchell tweeted on Friday. “I tweeted a @PinkNews article about a new gay Bollywood movie & he retweeted it. I loathe Trump & tweet against his anti-LGBT+ policies, climate destruction denial, misogyny & collusion with the far right. SEE,” he tweeted.

According to PinkNews: “The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar as gay couple Kartik and Aman, as they struggle to win over Aman’s parents – who are unable to accept that their son is gay, and attempt to set up an arranged marriage.”

Others expressed shock on Twitter. For example, The Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan tweeted: “Peter Tatchell just got retweeted by Donald Trump on the subject of Bollywood and homosexuality. 2020 literally can’t get any weirder.”

PFLAG, a group that has criticized Trump, was less optimistic than television personality Piers Morgan.

“While we are excited to see LGBTQ people gain global visibility in romantic comedies, the realities for LGBTQ people in the US under this administration are nothing to laugh about,”  PFLAG Executive Director Brian Bond said in a statement provided to Fox News.

“Right now, more than 200 bills are active in the states to dehumanize LGBTQ people, and transgender kids are the most frequent targets. PFLAG looks to our leaders and to President Trump to uplift our courageous transgender youth here at home and discourage continued legislative attacks on their rights.”

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Others, like pro-Trump activist Scott Presler, were more supportive.

“Thank you, President Trump, for supporting the gay community,” Presler tweeted. “I can’t wait to vote for you this November.”

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Jesse Watters on Trump’s rally performances: Democrats don’t get it’s ‘partially entertainment’

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The Five” took a look at President Trump‘s recent rally performances where the commander-in-chief transformed into the entertainer-in-chief, blistering his opposition.

“This was the first time, I think, that he referred to his presidency as a show. And for people who … used to be critical of Trump, who are no longer critical, [they] are the people that can discern the difference between the job [Trump is doing as president] and the show,” Co-host Greg Gutfeld said of Trump’s performance at a Las Vegas rally Friday.

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At the rally Trump referenced his friendship with “The Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett — who also produced CBS’ “Survivor” franchises.

“Mark Burnett said this is the greatest reality show in history,” Trump claimed, adding that someone could take “The Apprentice,” combine it with “Survivor” and “multiply” them by 10,000 and still fall short of the show that the Democratic presidential candidates are putting on.

Gutfeld said Democrats are starting to understand after Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate that Trump has a “skill set” none of the candidates do.

“After the debate you saw a sense of the Democrats’ realization that this wasn’t luck, impulsiveness or Russian bots that elected him, that this is a unique skill set that only he possesses and that they can’t beat,” Gutfeld said.

Co-host Jesse Watters brought up how the media continues to fact check the president’s “jokes.”

“They they don’t get that this is partially entertainment,” Watters said.

“Because they have zero sense of humor,” Fox Business’ Dagen McDowell responded. “They can’t detect what is funny. His jokes land and are funny because they are true. He has that ability to pick off all his candidates.”

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Co-host Geraldo Rivera compared Trump to a “great fighter,” saying he can spot weaknesses in his opponents.

“He finds the weak spot wherever it is. He’s like a great fighter. He knows,” Rivera said. “And he’s also he’s such an oversized personality that he blocks out the sun.”

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court Dissolves Major Opposition Party

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

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Thailand’s top court has dissolved a nascent political party that has rankled the country’s military establishment.

The court said the party’s leader, 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, violated election law because he gave the new party about $6 million – far more than Thai law allows for political donations. Thanathorn insists the money was a loan.

The party, Future Forward, was formed less than two years ago and surprised observers with its strong third-place showing in elections last March. It “ran on a platform that included reducing the military’s role in Thai politics, a message that resonated, especially with young people,” as Michael Sullivan reported for NPR from Chiang Rai.

The court also banned the party’s 16-member executive committee from politics for the next ten years, some of whom are currently serving in Parliament. More than 60 other party members who hold seats in Parliament have 60 days to join a different party, according to the Bangkok Post.

Thanathorn, the heir to an auto parts fortune, addressed supporters on Friday and encouraged them to keep fighting.

“This is the time to prove they can’t destroy us. We must be stronger as they want to grind us into the dirt,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “Therefore, this is the time to stand firm. Don’t change your mind. Don’t lose your fire. Don’t stop dreaming. The Future Forward Party isn’t just a political party, but a spirit, people and a journey.”

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, took power in a military coup in 2014. His party performed well in last year’s general election and he held onto his office, though as Sullivan reported, it was a contest that “most independent observers say was rigged in the military party’s favor.” In 2016, Thai voters also approved a new constitution that further enshrined the power of the military in the country’s political life.

Future Forward and its leader have faced dozens of legal challenges. The party has had to defend itself in court against claims that it is associated with the Illuminati secret society, apparently because its inverted triangle symbol bears a likeness to the group’s symbol. A court dismissed the charge last month.

According to the Bangkok Post, Thanathorn told supporters that the party would rebrand as a movement focusing on education and environmental issues, and he will fund it. The word “party” has been crossed out from the group’s logos on social media, the newspaper stated.

The isn’t the first time Thailand’s Constitutional Court has dissolved a party, as Reuters noted. In 2006, the Thai military launched another coup against then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The following year, the court dissolved his party.

The European Union sharply criticized Future Forward’s dissolution, calling it “a set-back for political pluralism in Thailand.” The EU noted that the party received more than 6 million votes.

“Dissolving political parties or banning Members of Parliament runs counter to the process of restoring pluralism initiated last year,” the EU stated. “Political space in Thailand should remain open.”

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Dixie Crush singer Lindsey Lagestee dead after being struck by car

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Lindsey Lagestee, the lead singer and a founding member of the Midwest country band Dixie Crush, has died. She was 25.

The songstress was making her way to a concert she was playing at Firewater Saloon in Chicago on Feb. 14 when she was struck by a vehicle, Dixie Crush member Jim Nonneman told Taste of Country on Thursday.

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“She had just parked a couple of blocks down for the club we were scheduled to play,” he said. “She exited her pickup truck and was making her way to the venue when she was struck by a car.”

Legestee succumbed to her injuries on Monday, the band confirmed in a post shared to Facebook on Wednesday.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts, we sadly share that Lindsey Renee passed away on Monday due to complications from the accident last Friday,” the band wrote in a statement to its followers.

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According to the statement, the band played more than 250 gigs over the past five years and Lagestee treated each of them the same.

“It made no difference to Lindsey whether we were playing to 40,000 people at Arlington Racecourse, a few thousand people at Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont, a few hundred people at a community festival, or the last 25 patrons at 1:00 am at a club, Lindsey cherished every moment on stage and put her heart and soul into every song…every performance,” read the statement.

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“Above and beyond being an incredible performer, great friend, and the best bandmate, Lindsey was a loving daughter to Linda and Vaughn, compassionate sister to Lauren, Carrie, and Samantha, adoring aunt to Andrew, Colin, Danielle, Alexander, and Amber, and wonderful girlfriend to Kevin,” the note added.

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In addition to being an accomplished musician, the Chicagoland native was also a published pharmacist and held her PharmD doctorate from Midwestern University, according to her obituary.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Deepens Its Toll on Global Business

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A loss of $29 billion in airline revenue. China auto sales down by 92 percent. Interruptions for Procter & Gamble’s 387 suppliers in China.

As the coronavirus outbreak rattles the global economy and disrupts supply chains, international companies across nearly every industry are confronting a stark reality: Business will not go on as usual.

And investors have taken notice. U.S. stocks fell for the second-straight day on Friday. Shares of energy, airline and technology companies led the broader market lower on Wall Street, as the S&P closed more than 1 percent lower, putting it on pace for its worst day of the month. Oil and gas prices also fell, with the price of a barrel of benchmark American crude slipping nearly 1 percent. The markets have become more volatile since the outbreak, but American investors have largely shrugged off the threat. Since Jan. 7, when Chinese officials identified the virus, the S&P 500 remains up more than 3 percent, even after this morning’s sell-off. — Matt Philips

The International Air Transport Association this week warned of a deep downturn in earnings among global carriers related to the collapse of travel in Asia because of the virus.

The virus outbreak could reduce global airline revenue by about $29 billion in this year, resulting in a small industry contraction compared with 2019, it said.

Virtually all of the losses are expected to hit airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, which are facing a 13 percent decline in passenger demand for the year, according to the association’s analysis.

Some airlines have begun to acknowledge the outbreak’s effects, with Air France-KLM Group and Australia’s Qantas Group separately warning on Thursday of a potential financial hit.

Qantas said that the coronavirus could reduce its profit for the fiscal year that ends June 30 by $66 million to $99 million, while Air France-KLM estimated a hit to earnings of as much as $216 million between February and April this year.

More than 20 international airlines have suspended or restricted routes that end in Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, and other major Chinese cities.

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And airlines in Asia are cutting flights elsewhere. Singapore Airlines said it would temporarily cut flights between the city state and major destinations like New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney.

Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong carrier, has also canceled nearly all of its flights to mainland China and is reducing service elsewhere over the next two months. — Niraj Chokshi and Amie Tsang

Auto sales in China collapsed this month, with the Chinese Passenger Car Association saying that sales at dealerships had plummeted 92 percent in the first half of February compared with the same time last year.

China is the world’s biggest car market by a wide margin. So a nose-dive in sales there hurts the global industry.

The German luxury auto giant Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — cautioned in its annual report that the virus could lead to a significant drop in Chinese economic growth. The report said the virus “may not only affect the development of unit sales, but may also lead to significant adverse effects on production, the procurement market and the supply chain.”

Jaguar Land Rover warned that the coronavirus could soon begin to create production problems at its assembly plants in Britain.

Like many carmakers, Jaguar Land Rover uses parts made in China. With factories there shut down or operating at reduced capacity, assembly lines in the rest of the world are expected to run short of essential components. — Keith Bradsher

With much of China still on lockdown, businesses are struggling to get workers back and factories running.

In a release this week, Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics and a key player in Apple’s supply chain, indicated just how difficult that will be. Foxconn said its revenue would take a hit from the spread of the coronavirus, and that it would be “cautious” in resuming work at its factories in China. Plants outside of the country, in places like Vietnam and Mexico, were at full capacity, the company said.

The revenue warning comes as Chinese leaders try to balance restarting the economy with controlling the virus. Concerns about Foxconn’s production also underscore the potential broader impact the epidemic could have on global electronic supply chains. A huge portion of the world’s electronics come out of China’s factories, filled with parts also made in China’s factories, and a longer suspension of production could hit overall supply. Some have even warned that it could hasten a decoupling, which has been urged at times by both Chinese and American leaders out of security concerns. — Paul Mozur

Procter & Gamble, the consumer products behemoth, said in a federal filing this week that disruptions to supply and demand caused by the outbreak would “materially” affect the company’s quarterly results.

“China is our second largest market — sales and profit,” Jon R. Moeller, a company executive, said at a conference in New York on Thursday, according to the filing. “Store traffic is down considerably, with many stores closed or operating with reduced hours. Some of the demand has shifted online but supply of delivery operators and labor is limited.”

The company relies on 387 suppliers in China, each facing difficulties in resuming operations, Mr. Moeller said. — Niraj Chokshi

The French government said it would urge companies to review their “over-dependence” on China for raw materials and parts as the outbreak exposes weaknesses among French manufacturers that have outsourced their supply chains there.

The French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, singled out automakers, which have been having trouble getting parts like brake pedals, and the pharmaceutical industry, which gets 80 percent of the raw materials for some drugs from China and Asia.

The government estimated the economy may shrink by around 0.1 percent this year as result of the outbreak. Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, is home to more than one third of all French investment in China. — Liz Alderman

China’s banks are lowering borrowing costs for companies and households to try to soften the economic blow of the coronavirus.

The move follows a rash of policies from China’s central bank to shore up an economy hobbled by weeks of a near nationwide shutdown of business. On Thursday, the People’s Bank of China said it lowered the one-year loan prime rate to 4.05 percent from 4.15 percent, and slashed the five-year loan rate to 4.75 percent from 4.8 percent.

Economists are lowering their growth expectations for China this year as businesses are only just beginning — somewhat haltingly — to get back to work. Some said the move would do little to address the widespread impact of the epidemic on China’s once vibrant business community. — Alexandra Stevenson

Adidas, the German sportswear maker, said that its mainland China business had been decimated by the outbreak.

Sales in the region dropped by about 85 percent since Chinese New Year on Jan. 25, the company said, compared with the same period a year ago. Fewer shoppers in South Korea and Japan also contributed to the falloff in sales, a result of the sharp drop in Chinese tourism that has also affected the aviation and hospitality sectors as well as the fashion retail business.

Adidas sells its products from about 12,000 stores in China, around 500 of them its own stores and the rest franchises. — Elizabeth Paton

Geneva Abdul contributed reporting.

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‘Friends’ cast officially reuniting for an unscripted special on HBO Max

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The “Friends” crew is officially reuniting for an exclusive “unscripted cast reunion special” set to debut on the new streaming service HBO Max when it launches in May.

“Series stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the iconic comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for a celebration of the beloved show,” a press release confirmed. “The unscripted cast reunion special, along with all 236 episodes of the Emmy-winning series, will be available to subscribers at the launch of HBO Max.”

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“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire ‘Friends’ library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT and truTV.

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“I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends — and audiences — gathered together in real-time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans,” he added.

Ben Winston is set to direct and executive produce, along with Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.

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Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry and Schwimmer will also executive produce the special. Emma Conway and James Longman are co-executive producers.

Aniston, 51, first hinted at the reunion in an October visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she was pressed for details about a possible reboot of the iconic comedy.

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“Listen, we would love for there to be something but we don’t know what that something is,” the actress said at the time. “We’re working on something.”

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While on the show, Aniston would not confirm that a meeting between the cast members had recently taken place to discuss what that “something” might be.

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“We are always trying to think of something to do, but we have to figure out what the right thing is,” Aniston had told “Entertainment Tonight,” adding: “But we will.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Russia Is Said to Be Interfering to Aid Bernie Sanders in 2020 Election

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WASHINGTON — Russia has been trying to intervene in the Democratic primaries to aid Senator Bernie Sanders, according to people familiar with the matter, and intelligence officials recently briefed him about Russian interference in the election, Mr. Sanders said on Friday.

In a statement on Friday, Mr. Sanders denounced Russia, calling President Vladimir V. Putin an “autocratic thug” and warning Moscow to stay out of the election.

“Let’s be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election,” Mr. Sanders said.

He also told reporters that he was briefed about a month ago.

“The intelligence community is telling us Russia is interfering in this campaign right now in 2020,” Mr. Sanders said on Friday in Bakersfield, Calif., where he was to hold a rally ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. “And what I say to Mr. Putin, ‘If I am elected president, trust me you will not be interfering in American elections.’”

Senior intelligence officials told members of the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia was continuing its election sabotage campaign, including intervening in the Democratic primaries.

Intelligence officials also warned House lawmakers that Russia was interfering in the campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, according to people familiar with the matter. They said that the disclosure to Congress angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

Republicans have taken issue with the idea that Russia supports Mr. Trump, insisting that Mr. Putin simply wants to broadly spread chaos and undermine the democratic system. But some current and former officials say that a Russian campaign to support Mr. Sanders may ultimately be aimed at aiding Mr. Trump, with Moscow potentially considering Mr. Sanders a weaker opponent to the president than a more moderate Democratic nominee.

The Washington Post first reported the briefing of the Sanders campaign.

Mr. Sanders said it was his understanding that the Russians were again trying to interfere in the campaign. Some “ugly stuff on the internet” had been attributed to his campaign that could be coming from falsified accounts, he said.

The Russians also worked to support — or at least not harm — Mr. Sanders in 2016. Operatives at a Russian intelligence-backed troll factory were instructed to avoid attacking Mr. Sanders or Mr. Trump, according to the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. The report quoted internal documents from the Internet Research Agency ordering operatives to attack Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest except for Sanders and Trump — we support them,” the document said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Russia Is Said to Be Interfering to Aid Bernie Sanders in 2020 Election

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WASHINGTON — Russia has been trying to intervene in the Democratic primaries to aid Senator Bernie Sanders, according to people familiar with the matter, and intelligence officials recently briefed him about Russian interference in the election, Mr. Sanders said on Friday.

In a statement on Friday, Mr. Sanders denounced Russia, calling President Vladimir V. Putin an “autocratic thug” and warning Moscow to stay out of the election.

“Let’s be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election,” Mr. Sanders said.

He also told reporters that he was briefed about a month ago.

“The intelligence community is telling us Russia is interfering in this campaign right now in 2020,” Mr. Sanders said on Friday in Bakersfield, Calif., where he was to hold a rally ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. “And what I say to Mr. Putin, ‘If I am elected president, trust me you will not be interfering in American elections.’”

Senior intelligence officials told members of the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia was continuing its election sabotage campaign, including intervening in the Democratic primaries.

Intelligence officials also warned House lawmakers that Russia was interfering in the campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, according to people familiar with the matter. They said that the disclosure to Congress angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

Republicans have taken issue with the idea that Russia supports Mr. Trump, insisting that Mr. Putin simply wants to broadly spread chaos and undermine the democratic system. But some current and former officials say that a Russian campaign to support Mr. Sanders may ultimately be aimed at aiding Mr. Trump, with Moscow potentially considering Mr. Sanders a weaker opponent to the president than a more moderate Democratic nominee.

The Washington Post first reported the briefing of the Sanders campaign.

Mr. Sanders said it was his understanding that the Russians were again trying to interfere in the campaign. Some “ugly stuff on the internet” had been attributed to his campaign that could be coming from falsified accounts, he said.

The Russians also worked to support — or at least not harm — Mr. Sanders in 2016. Operatives at a Russian intelligence-backed troll factory were instructed to avoid attacking Mr. Sanders or Mr. Trump, according to the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. The report quoted internal documents from the Internet Research Agency ordering operatives to attack Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest except for Sanders and Trump — we support them,” the document said.

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Russia Is Said to Be Interfering to Aid Bernie Sanders in 2020 Election

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WASHINGTON — Russia has been trying to intervene in the Democratic primaries to aid Senator Bernie Sanders, according to people familiar with the matter, and intelligence officials recently briefed him about Russian interference in the election, Mr. Sanders said on Friday.

In a statement on Friday, Mr. Sanders denounced Russia, calling President Vladimir V. Putin an “autocratic thug” and warning Moscow to stay out of the election.

“Let’s be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election,” Mr. Sanders said.

He also told reporters that he was briefed about a month ago.

“The intelligence community is telling us Russia is interfering in this campaign right now in 2020,” Mr. Sanders said on Friday in Bakersfield, Calif., where he was to hold a rally ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. “And what I say to Mr. Putin, ‘If I am elected president, trust me you will not be interfering in American elections.’”

Senior intelligence officials told members of the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia was continuing its election sabotage campaign, including intervening in the Democratic primaries.

Intelligence officials also warned House lawmakers that Russia was interfering in the campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, according to people familiar with the matter. They said that the disclosure to Congress angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

Republicans have taken issue with the idea that Russia supports Mr. Trump, insisting that Mr. Putin simply wants to broadly spread chaos and undermine the democratic system. But some current and former officials say that a Russian campaign to support Mr. Sanders may ultimately be aimed at aiding Mr. Trump, with Moscow potentially considering Mr. Sanders a weaker opponent to the president than a more moderate Democratic nominee.

The Washington Post first reported the briefing of the Sanders campaign.

Mr. Sanders said it was his understanding that the Russians were again trying to interfere in the campaign. Some “ugly stuff on the internet” had been attributed to his campaign that could be coming from falsified accounts, he said.

The Russians also worked to support — or at least not harm — Mr. Sanders in 2016. Operatives at a Russian intelligence-backed troll factory were instructed to avoid attacking Mr. Sanders or Mr. Trump, according to the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. The report quoted internal documents from the Internet Research Agency ordering operatives to attack Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest except for Sanders and Trump — we support them,” the document said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Sanders campaign blasts MSNBC contributor for calling black female supporters ‘island of misfit black girls’

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The Sanders campaign blasted MSNBC political contributor Jason Johnson after he referred to black female supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as an “island of misfit black girls.”

During a discussion Friday on SiriusXM, Johnson didn’t hold back.

“I do find it fascinating that racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders consistently and always seem to have a problem with a person of color who doesn’t want to follow the orthodoxy of their lord and savior Bernie Sanders,” Johnson said in a clip shared on Twitter.

Johnson went on to claim that Sanders “cares nothing about intersectionality” and dismissed women of color who support his campaign.

“I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you,” Johnson said,  drawing sharp reactions from the black female panelists on the radio show.

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The Sanders campaign condemned Johnson’s remarks.

“I don’t get outraged easily, but this is outrageous and ridiculous,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir tweeted. “You have pundits on radio and TV spouting nonsense frequently about Bernie with zero accountability. Somehow the concern over vitriol doesn’t extend to irresponsible comments made about our campaign.”

“Wow, really?” Sanders Campaign national co-chair Nina Turner wrote. “Please the next time you talk smack about us, have the decency to put some respect on our names!”

“I hope we can have political disputes without engaging in open racism and sexism. This misogynoir is disappointing, but not surprising from @DrJasonJohnson. I hope we can all encourage each other to be better,” Sanders press secretary Briahna Joy Gray tweeted.

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