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Cauldron of crises leave Trump with no reason to celebrate this Fourth of July

Robert Schmuhl


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Losing ground: Mike Harris, a retired truck driver and registered Republican, shares his views about US President Donald Trump with motorists heading toward Mount Rushmore National Monument for an Independence Day fireworks display. Photo: Getty Images

Losing ground: Mike Harris, a retired truck driver and registered Republican, shares his views about US President Donald Trump with motorists heading toward Mount Rushmore National Monument for an Independence Day fireworks display. Photo: Getty Images

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Losing ground: Mike Harris, a retired truck driver and registered Republican, shares his views about US President Donald Trump with motorists heading toward Mount Rushmore National Monument for an Independence Day fireworks display. Photo: Getty Images

After weeks of unending tribulations, Donald Trump arrives at America's Independence Day celebrations with an ominous political cloud obscuring the pyrotechnics of today's traditional fireworks.

He and his supporters confront a stark question: Will this be his last July 4 as US president?

Throughout his first three White House years, the mogul-media celebrity dodged a full-blown crisis, a dilemma with national implications. He, of course, was impeached by the House of Representatives but that resulted from a self-inflicted wound: withholding military assistance from Ukraine in exchange for political intelligence. What happened then wasn't really a public emergency, such as the 2001 terrorist attacks of September 11 or the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.