Sunday 19 November 2017

World deserves better than Trump's circus

President Donald Trump. Photo: AP
President Donald Trump. Photo: AP


US President Donald Trump probably cannot leap through a hoop from the back of a galloping horse, or make people laugh at will, but he has done a convincing job of turning the White House into a circus nonetheless.

He has played skittles with his staff: if there is any room beneath the wheels of the bus under which he has most recently thrown Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci, the next casualty is likely to be special counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Mr Trump's connections with Russia. According to the 'Washington Post', the betting on Capitol Hill is that Mr Trump is willing to ignore Congress, and go for Mr Mueller, by executive order, if necessary.

Those Russian inquiries became all the more contentious last night as it emerged that Mr Trump personally dictated a misleading statement about the nature of a meeting his son Donald Jr, and his then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, had with a group of Russians during the campaign. The statement wrongly claimed Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer had "primarily discussed a programme about the adoption of Russian children" when they met in June 2016. They insisted the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time". But that was not true.

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