Trump and his reality TV strategy

President Trump has brought to an end weeks of speculation by confirming that he does not have any audio tapes of conversations between him and ex-FBI boss James Comey. So why pretend he did?

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Trump's normal-ish foreign trip

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Image copyright Getty Images

Just before Donald Trump left Washington to come on this gruelling trip, the word was he would have given anything to get out of it or anything to shorten it.

One, he likes his home comforts - not that Air Force One is exactly slumming it - and two, he knew that all his critics were waiting for him to do something gauche or stupid in some faraway foreign clime.

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Advice for Trump on his first trip overseas

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Image caption Trump is set for his first foreign trip, after a honeymoon period hunkered down at home

Before Donald Trump became president he would often spend days holed up in Trump Tower in New York, shuttling in a private elevator between his penthouse apartment and office.

And it's been a similar story since he moved into the White House, where he divides his time between the East and West Wings, leaving only to spend weekends at Trump-branded resorts.

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Trump's speech was chalk and cheese

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Washington's big night of pomp and politics - and from the fledgling president a disciplined performance and a well-crafted speech.

From the get-go it was clear this was going to be something different.

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Trump's most extraordinary news conference

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Today totally typified the unexpected and unpredictable nature of covering the 45th president of the United States.

I was at home, working on a book I am trying to finish when there was a flash on the TV: Donald Trump to hold unscheduled news conference in an hour's time.

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Russia looms large behind Flynn affair

White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C) arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017 Image copyright Reuters

As with any resignation there are a thousand small, but nevertheless important questions. Most are of the who-knew-what-and-when variety. But with this astonishing fall from grace there is one big overarching question. I'll save that best bit for last.

The small questions concern whether Donald Trump knew about the calls Mike Flynn was making to the Russian ambassador, and what the substance of their conversations were.

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Barack Obama legacy: How reality derailed the dream

Donald Trump's victory has not only written a new astonishing chapter in American political history, it brings the Obama era to an end in a way few imagined just a year ago.

So how will the first black president be remembered?

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US Election Results 2016: Trump victory writes new chapter in US history

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Donald Trump is a hugely effective communicator.

A famous entertainer once said of him he's the best live performer who doesn't sing and doesn't play a musical instrument. He communicates brilliantly clearly.

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US election: The Disunited States of America - whoever wins

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"The greatest show on earth" was PT Barnum's claim for his three ring circus.

I'm not sure that is the right description for the 2016 US election campaign, but some variation on that must come close - maybe instead of 'greatest' we could have weirdest, most compelling, unpredictable, disturbing, hate-filled, bizarre.

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This bitter battle won't end on election day

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Image caption 'Lock her up' is a familiar chant from Trump supporters.

When it's all over. Oh, when it's all over.

The weekend after the election I have three invitations to parties, each in their own way heralding the end of an election that has had a gestation period longer than an elephant. One being thrown by British friends will introduce Americans to Guy Fawkes night - an occasion celebrated to mark the thwarting of a dastardly plot by an insurgent outsider who tried to put a bomb under the establishment (why does that theme feel familiar?).

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