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Keep Your Chin Up: Friedman Hits Back At Trump After He Insults His Appearance


But then Trump directed his ire toward an unexpected target — New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, whom the President nicknamed “the chin,” perhaps a reference to Friedman’s author photo.

Trump took issue with Friedman’s polite tone while speaking to the President on the phone recently, and the fact that Friedman went on to call the President a “racist,” among other things, in his column.

Friedman responded in kind later Friday morning, noting that he “was asked to speak to you by your Senator friend, who said you were upset at the criticism you were getting from the Wall Street Journal and some other conservatives for not bombing Iran in retaliation for Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone.”

Politico’s Jake Sherman reported that the “senator friend” was none other than Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

In a Twitter thread, Friedman said Trump “basically talked for four minutes” and they each went on their separate ways. He concluded:

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