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Trump uses Congress as excuse on alleged campaign finance violations

President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

President Trump doubled down on the claim that he's not responsible for campaign finance violations by Michael Cohen on Fox News Thursday, saying that investigators should be looking at Congress' "slush fund" for campaign violations instead.

"Michael Cohen [pleaded] guilty to something that's not even a crime. … Nobody except for me would be looked at like this. Nobody. What about Congress? The slush fund. Millions and millions of dollars paid out each year. They have a slush fund. Millions. They don't talk about campaign finance anything. Have you ever heard about campaign finance laws? Have they listed that on the campaign finance sheets? No."
— Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel’s "Outnumbered Overtime" with Harris Faulkner

Between the lines: This is a similar defense mechanism we’ve seen Trump use time and time again, such as directing the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton after the 2016 election.

Trump's new Africa strategy aims to counter China, Russia

Trump and Xi shake hands.
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Photo: Artyom Ivanov/TASS via Getty Images

National Security adviser John Bolton unveiled the Trump administration's Africa strategy on Thursday, saying the U.S. would revamp its aid and investments in the continent. The plan is largely designed to counter China and Russia.

Between the lines, from AP's Maria Danilova: "Any renewed U.S. effort to counter China in Africa, however, comes years late. China became the continent's top trading partner nearly a decade ago and has invested billions of dollars in high-profile infrastructure projects."

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