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Mark Meadows: John Durham will ‘get to the bottom of’ Russia investigation origins

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The federal prosecutor named by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation will come to a substantive conclusion, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham is looking closely at the intelligence community’s activity in late 2016 and early 2017, the House Freedom Caucus chairman claimed on “Hannity.”

“I can tell you that John Durham and Attorney General Barr are going to get to the bottom of it,” he said.

“They are including in part of their surveillance – really looking at the intelligence community to make sure that justice is brought.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who joined Meadows on “Hannity,” added he agreed with the North Carolina lawmaker and that a previous report by the Justice Department’s inspector general was fruitful.

“The attorney general of the United States and U.S. Attorney John Durham are doing an investigation,” he said. “They have told us this is broader than just the FBI – they’re going to look at all of this.

“First, Horowitz is going to come out. His report a year ago was very good,” Jordan said, referring to inspector general Michael E. Horowitz.

“Then we will see where Mr. Durham and Mr. Barr where their investigation and what they come back with.”

As part of its ongoing “multifaceted” and “broad” review into potential misconduct by U.S. intelligence agencies during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Justice Department revealed Monday it is also investigating the activities of several “non-governmental organizations and individuals.”

Additionally, the DOJ announced that the probe, led by Durham, was looking into the involvement of “foreign intelligence services.”

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos told Fox News last month that an informant who was likely “CIA and affiliated with Turkish intel” had posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 and tried to “seduce him” to obtain information linking the Trump team to Russia.

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The information was contained in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who had inquired as to the scope of Durham’s investigation.

The letter could indicate that the DOJ is looking closely at work done during the campaign by Fusion GPS, the firm retained by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) to conduct opposition research against the Trump campaign.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Rand Paul praises Trump, says it ‘really takes a statesman to show restraint’ amid calls for war

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President Trump made the right decision when he called off a retaliatory strike against Iran, according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

The president is proving himself to be a responsible leader by trying to prevent America from becoming mired in a new Middle East military conflict, the lawmaker claimed Monday on “The Story.”

“I’m really proud of President Trump for showing restraint,” Paul said. “It really takes a statesman to show restraint amidst a chorus of voices for war.”

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However, Paul expressed caution regarding sanctions Trump imposed on Iran – which target Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Whether the sanctions will work is another story,” the Kentucky lawmaker said. “From the Iranian perspective, they see the sanctions as an act of war.”

He added the Iran nuclear deal forged with the help of the Obama administration took away one key incentive for Iran to return to the negotiating table.

Paul said the delivery of hundreds of billions of dollars to Tehran was a “carrot” that left the Trump administration with only “sticks” after the U.S. withdrew from the deal.

“I didn’t agree that we gave up the money early,” he said.

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We gave them $150 billion up front. I think that was a mistake.

“The problem is that’s already done. That was a carrot, but we gave up the carrot too easily. Now that it’s gone, we have no other carrots, all we have is a stick. We’re adding the stick – which is more sanctions… I would have built upon the nuclear deal to try to get a ballistic missile deal.”

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FedEx CEO says shipping regulations creating ‘impossible burden’ for company: ‘We are expected to be the policeman’

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FedEx’s lawsuit against the Trump administration stems from its inability to police hundreds of thousands of shipments for regulatory violations, according to its CEO.

It is nearly impossible for FedEx to exactly what technology is contained in its deliveries, and where it comes from, company chairman Fred Smith told Bret Baier Monday on “Special Report.”

“We contacted the Department of Commerce today and told them that the increasing use of restrictions on exports and imports by the Commerce Department in various geopolitical and trade disputes creates just an impossible burden on FedEx and common carriers,” he said.

“Because, under the Department of Commerce’s regulations, we are expected to be the policeman for these export and import controls – and there are about 1,100 entities now on this list and five were just added last Friday.

CHINA WANTS FEDEX TO EXPLAIN WHY HUAWEI PACKAGE WAS NOT SHIPPED TO US

“We’re required under the regulations of the department to certify that the shipper – who may or may not be telling the truth – is in compliance with those export regulations. Despite the fact that we handle 15 million shipments a day, if we make an error on any one of them… we can be fined $250,000 per piece.”

In a statement released earlier Monday, the company further explained its decision to sue.

“As a company that is committed to complying with all laws and regulations in the countries we serve, FedEx strongly supports the objectives of U.S. export control laws,” the statement read.

“FedEx is a transportation company, not a law enforcement agency.”

The lawsuit comes after Chinese tech firm Huawei demanded clarification from FedEx after it apologized for failing to ship a branded device destined for the United States.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the shipping company should offer an explanation after FedEx released a statement saying an “operational error” was to blame for the package not being shipped to the U.S., Reuters reported.

On Friday, PCMag said FedEx refused to ship a package that reportedly contained a Huawei phone. The parcel, which was shipped from Great Britain and bound for the U.S., was ultimately returned after spending about five hours in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Smith reacted to the situation in his interview with Baier.

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“Huawei is just emblematic of this problem,” Smith claimed.

The Huawei incident concern two packages – two out of 15 million – where a 30-year employee – a great FedEx team member – made an error and diverted two packages for a compliance audit. We found out about it. We returned them to the customer. We apologized.

“There was third one in the U.K., where a relatively new teammate – because the box said Huawei on it – misinterpreted the regulations and didn’t accept the package.”

Smith said the issue was emblematic of the “confusing situations” that can arise from the rare shipment that, “becomes an international cause celebre.”

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“It’s impossible,” he said.

Fox Business’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.

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Lara Trump: Joe Biden tanking earlier than expected, ‘maybe he regrets now even deciding to run’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s popularity is taking a hit from recent gaffes, and the 2020 hopeful may be having second thoughts, according to Lara Trump.

Biden has been taking heat that could hurt his chances to be the Democratic nominee, Trump suggested during an interview on “The Todd Starnes Show.”

“I don’t know what’s going on with Joe Biden,” she said.

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“We don’t know if Joe Biden is going to be who we run against in 2020, but it certainly isn’t looking promising for him. I feel like he’s really started to tank a little bit earlier than anyone expected.

“Maybe he regrets now even deciding to run, because there’s been a lot that’s happened that doesn’t look great for him since he announced he was running for president.”

Host Todd Starnes then raised two recent controversies the former vice president has faced — accusations of inappropriate touching from several women, as well as comments he made about working with segregationist senators.

Trump said such instances are more reason her father-in-law, President Trump, should allow Democrats to battle amongst themselves.

“With all the Democrats, I say just let them keep digging,” she said.

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“I don’t know who gave them the shovel but let them keep digging it deeper. We’re going to see the debates this week. It should be very interesting.

“As we say in the South, ‘bless his heart’.”

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Chris Stirewalt: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren ‘in a lunatic derby’

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Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are trying to outdo each other with their campaign promises, according to Chris Stirewalt.

Sanders and Warren are both staking their claim in the progressive wing of the 2020 primary field, and beginning to cause concern among party brass, Stirewalt said Monday on “The Daily Briefing.”

“By the time Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are done, they will be promising each and every American a new Buick LaCrosse in their parking lot,” the Fox News politics editor claimed.

“They are in this lunatic derby. This is why Democratic leaders are rightly afraid of what’s going on. Because, if Sanders – who is now promising to forgive the student loans of everybody, basically, ‘throw in another trillion dollars,’ – if either Sanders or Warren get the nomination, there is a reality that Democrats won’t just miss out on taking the White House back, but they could get cleaned out in the Senate.”

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Stirewalt claimed there is a danger the two candidates’ platforms could cause Democrats to also lose control of the House.

“This stuff is way outside the mainstream,” he claimed. “That’s what Democrats are afraid of.”

During a speech Saturday at Clinton College in Rock Hill, S.C., Sanders claimed graduates are put in an “absurd position of having to pay that debt off for decades.”

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“Some of those people, they can’t afford to get married,” he said, in a clip played by host Dana Perino.

“They can afford to have kids. They can’t afford to buy their own home. Well, we are going to change that.”

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Iran likely at ‘inflection point,’ launching attacks to change ‘status quo,’ Defense Intelligence Agency director tells Fox News

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Iran is likely at “an inflection point,” and the recent attacks on tankers and the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone appear to be part of an effort to change “the status quo,” the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told Fox News exclusively.

“I’d say that they’re probably at an inflection point right now,” the director, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr., explained in his first national TV interview as the leader of the nearly 17-thousand strong agency. Director Ashley said, based on their activity over the last several years, the Iranians would probably say they were in a “favorable” position with their influence over the Iraqi government and the likelihood their longtime regional ally — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — will remain in power.

But, Director Ashley — whose agency’s mission is to understand foreign militaries and the operational environment — said the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran deal and subsequent sanctions made a major impact on the regime. Later this year, DIA expects to release an unclassified military study on Iran, which follows similar reports on China and Russia.

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“As you look at the developments of JCPOA (the Iran deal), the lack of an economic outcome for them, and then, really, the sanctions which have put a lot of pressure on the Iranian government… I think this uptick that you’ve seen is a reflection of them trying to kind of change the status quo in the path that they’re on,” Ashley said.

He continued, “I would say the pressure campaign is working and there is hardship. And, you know, the president has asked the question before, “Does this have an impact on the Iranian people?” And, it has an impact on the entire nation when you look at their economy, because the economyʼs moving into a recession and they are struggling.”

When the U.S. surveillance drone was shot down last week, the Defense Intelligence Agency provided immediate analysis of Iran’s military capabilities. This past Friday, Ashley described recent events avoiding operational details citing national security reasons.

“We map those things out for the chairman, for the secretary, for the warfighters, so that they can have a sense of, what are the capabilities the Iranians have, what are the possible reactions that they might take if pressure’s put upon them. And so, we give them options to understand what are the low, mid, and high probability kind of reactions from the Iranians.”

Tehran’s threat this past week to surpass enriched uranium limits brokered by the Obama administration — a deal President Trump abandoned — may be designed to pressure other nations to rein in the U.S., Ashley said. “They’re looking to go beyond 300 kilograms, and with the Iraq heavy water nuclear reactor, to start increasing the – the heavy water – that that produces as well,” Ashley said.

“I think one of the things that Iranians and we assess is, they want to figure out how they can also leverage the European nations to come back in and bring the dialogue back to the floor and to have those discussions… if they were to break out and start fully building out the program, then it’s still about a year out before they can actually get to a weapon.”

On a high-security installation near the Pentagon, Fox News went inside the secretive agency. Its analysts were embedded with Special Forces to track Saddam Hussein to his hiding place, the so-called spider hole, in Iraq, as well as Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden to his Pakistan compound.

“Being in the Air Force I have used information that came from DIA and see the other side of it, and how, if the information isn’t correct or isn’t up to date, how that could impact the warfighters deployed,” Staff Sgt. Leanna Parker, a military forces analyst, said. “They use this (intelligence) on a day-to-day basis. It’s that tactical piece versus strategic — looking five years ahead — this is something they can use today.”

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Now, the pivot has been away from terrorism to competition between nations.

“China is the long-term concern. If you think about Russia, in so many ways, even though they have thousands of nuclear weapons and a lot of things that are left over from the Soviet era. In a lot of ways they are a declining power, especially economically,” Ashley told Fox News.

But, China and Russia are working together against U.S. interests.

“It is a transactional relationship,” Ashley said. “This is not a relationship that’s built on trust. This is a relationship that’s built on a mutual interest, which is, where do they block us… and in many ways, China looks at Russia as a junior partner and that’s not something that they like.”

Though President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently exchanged letters, Ashley said the findings of the intelligence community — or “IC” — have not changed.

“We still continue to assess within the IC that Kim Jong Un is not ready to denuclearize… We’re still doing everything we can to make sure that we can characterize the capability that the North Koreans have, that they continue to train hard and build out their forces. And so, whether weʼre in discussions or whatever is happening on the political side of that, for the policymakers and for the senior decision makers, our job is to make sure that we’re able to tell them what is happening, because they may go into a negotiation and hear something, but we’re able to give them as much ground truth as possible which gives them leverage and advantage.”

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One of Ashley’s goals is the MARS project — which is short for Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System — which brings together current military intelligence databases with artificial intelligence to put together “a virtual environment so that the decision makers can understand strength, weaknesses, capabilities, and that we can do it in a very dynamic fashion.”

Ashley said, “the goal is not to go to war, it’s to prevent war, and that really is the outcome that we desire. But, if we do go to war, obviously the objective is to win.”

Fox News’ Cecilia Duffy contributed to this report.

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Cotton warns ‘attack on a U.S. ship’ will happen without ‘firm’ response to Iran

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, said that recent actions from Iran deserved a proper response, and warned that if the Islamic Republic does not go unchecked, it will only increase the country’s hostilities toward the U.S.

This comes after President Trump decided against a possible American strike after Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. drone, believing that the 150 expected casualties from a countermeasure were not “proportionate” to the loss of an unmanned aircraft.

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“Obviously I think retaliatory strikes were warranted when we’re talking about foreign vessels on the high seas. I think they were warranted against an American unmanned aircraft,” Cotton said on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to both an attack on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz believed to be carried out by Iran, as well as the drone.

Cotton warned that Iran has been stepping up its actions, and if officials do not face consequences, it will only get worse.

“What I see is Iran steadily marching up the escalation chain it started out with threats, then went to attack on vessels and ports, went to attack on vessels at sea, now it’s an unmanned American aircraft,” he said. “I fear that if Iran doesn’t have a firm set of boundaries drawn around its behavior, we’re going to see an attack on a U.S. ship or U.S. manned aircraft.”

Host Chris Wallace mentioned President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce a red line against Syria in the past, and asked whether President Trump’s failure to strike Iran thus far is similar. Cotton distinguished the two situations.

“First, President Obama’s Syrian policy was a mess. Second, he himself in his own words drew that red line, and then third, he failed to enforce it.”

“Here, President Trump’s Iran policy is working,” Cotton said, pointing out that Iran is “lashing out” due to feeling the effects of sanctions. He went on to note that, unlike Obama, Trump did not draw any red line “in his own language,” but has made it clear that the U.S. will not tolerate any attacks on American servicemembers or citizens, which has yet to take place.

“And he’s also said that major sanctions are going to be added tomorrow, which is only going to increase the sanctions that they already face, which is one very positive result so far of the maximum pressure campaign,” Cotton said.

Wallace then asked if the president’s decision to call off a strike will embolden Iran to act on their nuclear aspirations. Cotton said that Trump’s decision to hold off on military options should encourage European allies to join the U.S. in upping sanctions against Iran.

“About Iran’s threats to enrich uranium to levels beyond what was permitted in the nuclear deal … this is really going to be a question for the Europeans, Cotton said. “I would say to those European leaders that given the fact that the president exercised restraint in this last week, they should view that as an opening to double down with the United States on those sanctions if Iran bypasses those enrichment limits.”

BOLTON TO IRAN: DON’T MISTAKE ‘US PRUDENCE AND DISCRETION FOR WEAKNESS’

Trump, meanwhile, will make sure that a nuclear Iran will not become a reality, he said.

“Just like an attack on an American ship or any harm to American servicemembers or citizens in the region, the president has also been very clear he will not allow Iran to approach [creating] a nuclear weapon.”

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Gen. Jack Keane praises Trump’s pressure campaign on Iran: ‘First rate’

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Despite provocations in the Middle East, President Trump was implementing an effective, “first rate” pressure campaign on the Iranian regime.

That was how Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane described the situation on Saturday. Amid attacks on oil tankers and a U.S. military drone, some questioned whether Trump made the right decision in pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes, who helped spearhead the deal, argued that the current tensions were “eminently predictable” given Trump’s decision. But Keane, while appearing on “America’s News Headquarters,” praised the administration as the first to be on a “strategic offensive against Iran in 39 years.”

Keane described the administration’s maximum pressure campaign was “first rate.” He warned that Iran was trying to distract the U.S. from that campaign and that the administration should persevere if it wanted to change the nation’s behavior. “That has got to be our strategic focus,” he told Fox News host Leland Vittert.

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His comments came just a day after the president announced that he ordered a military strike on Iran, only to renege at the last minute due to concerns over the number of casualties. Trump argued that the attack — potentially killing 150 people — wouldn’t have been a “proportionate” response to Iran’s decision to strike down an unmanned drone.

It’s unclear whether Iran’s national leadership approved of the strike, a fact that Trump apparently knew as well. But Keane said that he took Trump’s explanation at “face value,” suggesting that his decision was mostly based on the casualty estimate his advisers gave him.

Trump’s decision prompted Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to demand he seek approval from Congress before approving more strikes. While it’s unclear how Trump will react, his administration has maintained that it would use force if necessary.

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“The Iranians know it — if they kill Americans, the response is going to be pretty significant,” Keane said on Saturday.

“What we have here is a huge opportunity … The president now, because he’s exercised restraint, has leverage. He can go to the Europeans, to the Asians,” he said, noting that Trump could push other nations to join his pressure campaign.

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Bill Maher likens Trump event to ‘Klan rally,’ defends Biden against Booker

Comedian Bill Maher took aim Friday night at President Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign kickoff event, which was held in Orlando, Fla., earlier in the week.

“Did you see this Klan rally he was having there?” Maher joked at the start of the 500th episode of “Real Time,” which he has been hosting since 2003. He added that Trump supporters had a “goldfish memory.”

Maher later congratulated himself for the influence he believes his show has had on America.

“We went on the air in 2003. Since then, weed has become increasingly legal, religion is on the decline, and less people are having children,” he said. “You’re welcome, America.”

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Maher continued with jokes about Trump being a racist. For example, he told the audience that Hope Hicks — Trump’s former White House communications director — had admitted during Capitol Hill testimony this week that she had told “white lies” to protect the president.

“That’s Trump for you,” Maher said. “Even the lies have to be white.”

“That’s Trump for you. Even the lies have to be white.”

— Bill Maher

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(Bill Maher, host of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”)

Later, Maher took issue that the media did not point out that members of the controversial Proud Boys group had attended the Orlando rally, adding that the group’s members were “accepted” by Trump’s base.

“Look at these guys,” Maher said, referring to the Proud Boys. “They’re making that, that sign, that white supremacist sign, and they’re welcomed as part of this base. OK, I didn’t hear about that at all this week.”

One of Maher’s guests, Dan Savage — the syndicated columnist and LGBT activist — asserted that the Republican Party was “controlled by racists.”

At another point in the show, Maher defended Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden over his controversial comments about having worked with segregationist senators. Maher blasted the media for focusing on the matter and dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker’s call for an apology from Biden as “nonsense.”

“I always imagined that… some real person who, like, sees this chattering going on among people who sit in places like this on the coasts and are always talking about some nonsense and they’re like, ‘What the f— are you talking about?'” Maher said.

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Maher also addressed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her controversial comparison of border detention centers to “concentration camps.”

He noted that if Democrats planned to defeat Trump in 2020 by running on the topics of “concentration camps” and reparations, he wasn’t sure they could pull it off.

“I’m not saying you can’t do it,” he added. “But [it’s] very hard to argue that this is helping.”

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Sean Spicer: Joe Biden a ‘flip-flopping gaffe machine’ benefitting largely from Obama ties

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Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden is reliably gaffe-prone and is leading in the polls chiefly due to his association with former President Barack Obama, according to Sean Spicer.

The former vice president’s name identification is another reason he leads a pack of more than 20 candidates — not because he is running a good campaign, Spicer, a former White House press secretary under President Trump. said Friday on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“I think there’s a false narrative out there that Joe Biden is some sort of political success,” Spicer told guest host Jason Chaffetz. “He’s been saying dumb things since he was first elected in the early 1970s. He has run for president twice and epically failed.

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“I think there’s a false narrative out there that Joe Biden is some sort of political success. He’s been saying dumb things since he was first elected in the early 1970s. He has run for president twice and epically failed.”

— Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary

“Biden right now benefits from eight years of … being vice president to, frankly, a popular president from the Democratic Party.”

However, Biden’s penchant for making public gaffes and the absence of Obama at his side will hurt him when he joins his fellow contenders for next week’s primary debates in Miami, Spicer said.

“He is a flip-flopping gaffe machine,” Spicer claimed.

“Right now, once the other candidates have an opportunity to go after him on the debate stage coming up …  and he doesn’t have Obama to carry the ticket, he will fail epically as he has twice before.”

Most recently, Biden remained defiant after making comments about how he was able to work well with former Sens. Herman Talmadge, D-Ga., and James O. Eastland, D-Miss., despite the fact they were avowed segregationists.

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Biden’s campaign defended the comments while the candidate himself rebuffed calls for his apology — and has fired back at his critics.

“Apologize for what?” Biden told reporters Wednesday night when asked about the criticism over his remarks. “Not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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