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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The White House Hurricane


The White House has been thrust into yet another round of chaos after revelations about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer characterized as representing the Russian government, as the president fumes against his enemies and senior aides circle one another with suspicion. 

President Trump (who has been out from public view since returning last weekend from a divisive international summit) is enraged that the Russia cloud still hangs over his presidency and is exasperated that his eldest son/namesake has become engulfed by it. The disclosure that Trump Jr. met with a Russian attorney, believing he would receive incriminating information about Hillary Clinton as part of the Kremlin’s effort to boost his father’s candidacy, has set back the administration’s faltering agenda and rattled the senior leadership team.
 
Leaders of the 20 most developed world economies pose for a Class 2017 photo
Even supporters of Trump Jr. who believe he faces no legal repercussions privately acknowledged Tuesday that the story is a public relations disaster - for him as well as for the White House. One outside ally called it a “Category 5 hurricane”.  

President Trump will this evening (Wednesday) depart for France to take part in Bastille Day ceremonies which marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into first world war. While in France, Trump will attend the traditional Paris military parade. US troops will join French soldiers in the annual display of military might on the Champs Elysées. 

Trump’s Paris visit will be his first trip to France since he became US president. The two men met for the first time in Brussels last month.

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