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Trump surprised by backlash to G7 summit plans
The acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, appeared on Fox News on Sunday, fronting the administrations efforts to contain the fallout from a politically perilous week. Mulvaney rowed back his own comments from last week, when he appeared to admit a quid pro quo in the presidents dealings with Ukraine. He also said Donald Trump had been surprised at the level of pushback to his announcement that next years G7 summit would be held at his own Miami golf resort a decision he reversed amid bipartisan criticism.
Clinton trolls Trump. Hillary Clinton on Sunday tweeted a mocked-up letter from John F Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev that parodied Trumps real and already infamous missive to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan.
Republican critics. The Florida GOP congressman Francis Rooney has said he may vote for Trumps impeachment. Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman who quit the GOP in July, has refused to rule out running against Trump for president.
Bloomberg still looking at presidential run if Biden drops out