Friday 28 April 2017

Trump goes from menacing to weak buffoon in under a month as Russia row rumbles on

US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara Netanyahu (left) and US First Lady Melania Trump in the Oval Office of the White House,
Washington, DC, during Mr Netanyahu’s state visit Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty
US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara Netanyahu (left) and US First Lady Melania Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC, during Mr Netanyahu’s state visit Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty

Greg Sargent

US President Donald Trump once again unleashed a fearsome barrage of tweets yesterday morning. The target was the 'New York Times's' report that intelligence officials have established contacts between Russian intelligence and Trump campaign officials during the campaign.

Mr Trump attacked the news media again, railing that "the fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred". He also blasted the intelligence services, claiming that they are "illegally" giving information to the media.

This has become a pattern, in which Mr Trump deals with setbacks by lashing out at other institutions, including ones that can function as a check on his power.

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