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  •   Home > News > International

    Donald Trump had a tough week, but the US President isn't deterred by 'witch hunt'

    It's been a tough week for the US President, with story after story rocking the White House, culminating in Donald Trump decrying his treatment as the "single greatest witch hunt" in US history. Strap in and take a look back.

    Strap in. It's been a crazy week.

    The "mainstream media" broke story after story that rocked Washington and the Trump administration.

    If you want the short version, see three days of headlines from The Washington Post:

    But if you want the play-by-play, let's get down to business.

    First, The Washington Post reported that when they visited the Oval Office last week.

    The Trump administration wheeled out National Security Adviser HR McMaster to face the media. He was in the room when the information was allegedly revealed by Mr Trump — Mr McMaster vehemently denied the allegations.

    A few hours later, the President tweeted this contradiction:

    On Tuesday, he tried again:


    Before the dust had even settled on that, , this time reporting that fired FBI director James Comey wrote a memo saying the President asked him to end the investigation into his sacked national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    What!? Oh boy.

    He said

    Apparently Nixon said that as well, and what do you know, here's Democratic Congressman Al Green calling for an impeachment:

    Settle down, Congressman. .


    But it did catch those on Capitol Hill off guard. Except for Congressman Jason Chaffetz from Utah (the GOP's attack dog on Hillary Clinton) who clearly loves a good ole investigation:

    — including copies of the memos. They've also urged Mr Comey to testify ASAP.

    Now that would be a fascinating day.

    When will we hear from Mr Comey? That's the question. Tracking him down might be tough:

    By Wednesday...

    Seriously. What's the saying, "One human year is seven dog years"? Well, in the Trump administration one week feels like a year.

    Reporters around DC were waiting for the Wednesday night drop, myself included.

    All seemed quiet on the breaking news front — and then would look into all things Russia.

    What followed was a cascade of breaking stories — here's a live look at my phone:

    Brain fry.

    The special counsel

    Rob Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney-General, who you may remember from previous episodes of Chaos in Trump Land where he . (Oh yeah, that guy.)

    Well, he went from zero to hero in the space of a week for many on Capitol Hill, appointing former FBI director Bob Mueller to run the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.

    For reference, these newest characters in the White House dramedy are Rob Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, pronounced:

    Right. Now we've got that straight, moving right along.

    So, what do folks think of Mueller?

    A pretty nice endorsement.

    for Republicans who now can turn their attention back to governing while the investigation plays out, patting questions away on the basis that the special counsel is at work.


    What does Donald Trump think? It's seems a reasonable time to drag out this tweet from four weeks before election day by then-candidate Trump:

    Isn't the internet grand?

    Speaking of which, look who else had a tweet about Mr Mueller shortly after he was announced as the man in charge of the investigation:


    Stories that didn't get as much airtime

    A Washington Post report that said majority leader Kevin McCarthy suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin pays Mr Trump. He apparently said this before the election. Mr McCarthy said it was a bad attempt at a joke:

    And how about these vicious scenes outside the Turkish embassy after a visit from the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that left nine injured:

    Oh, and that says sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn took money from the Turkish Government after being named into the role.

    This might come back to haunt him:

    Not surprisingly, here's TIME magazine's cover this week:

    Sabre rattling

    It's been a tough time for the President, who was presented with this sabre at the US Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday. Do you think his relationship with the press is going to improve?

    As for his commencement address at Liberty University last weekend, it was as inspiring as Legally Blonde. No, seriously:

    It's been a fraught week but believe it or not, the next eight days could be even more complicated.

    Theas part of a push for global unity.

    First stop, Saudi Arabia, where he'll lunch with more than 50 Muslim leaders and deliver what's described as "an inspiring, direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president's hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam".

    Remember how he likes to go off script?

    It's going to be another interesting week.


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