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PoTUS Trump and The Economist in headlines

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Editorial Staff
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For those that can't be bothered to keep up with US President Trump's online twittering, there are various ways of getting just the gist of what he's up to. One of the most fun is to scan the last 11 or so months of headlines from The Economist. Here are the highlights of his Washington shenanigans. Foreign trade and foreign policy are, often, from another planet and we don't want to go there. Of course, it also allows us to relish the Economist's punny headlines and to ask a basic question: why is someone who is so in favour of the USA's pro-gun lobby so determined to shoot himself in the foot?

10 May 2017: JAMES COMEY: YOU'RE FIRED

"Since Watergate, presidents have been reluctant to pick battles with the FBI. Donald Trump's abrupt dismissal yesterday of Mr Comey, the head of the agency, changed that dramatically."

16 May 2017: DONALD TRUMP AND RUSSIA: LOOSE LIPS

"This morning Mr Trump tweeted that he had shared "facts" about terrorism with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador. The tweets came after his staff denied reports that he had revealed classified information during the meeting."

18 May 2017: DONALD TRUMP AND THE LAW: DEEP BREATH, AMERICA

"Yesterday America's Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, as special prosecutor in the investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the election last November. This is a terrible blow for Mr Trump, who denies that Russian spies meddled in the election and called the probe a "taxpayer-funded charade"."

26 May 2017: THE TRAVEL BAN: DRIPPING WITH A COURT'S CONTEMPT

"Yesterday an appeals court rebuffed Donald Trump's second attempt to have his ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries reinstated. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said that it "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination", and upheld its suspension."

29 May 2017: TRUMP AND RUSSIA: JARED UNDER THE BED?

"Over the weekend the Washington Post and the New York Times published allegations that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, talked to the Russian ambassador about setting up a secure back channel between Team Trump and Moscow. If proven true, this would suggest that Mr Trump's team trusts Russian spooks more than Americans—and that his pro-Russian bent is not merely rhetorical."

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