Trump May meeting: The Wacky Races of news conferences

US President Donald Trump (L) and Britain"s Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint press conference following their meeting at Chequers, the prime minister"s country residence, near Ellesborough, northwest of London on July 13, 2018 on the second day of Trump"s UK visit. Image copyright Getty Images

To say it was a sub-optimal start to a news conference would be an understatement.

In fact a huge British understatement. In fact, frankly ridiculous.

Overnight, Donald Trump had given an interview to the Sun newspaper in which, given the febrile state of UK politics, contained three utterly deadly quotes.

The first was that if Prime Minister Theresa May went ahead with her Brexit plan as hammered out at Chequers last week (and which led to the resignations of two cabinet ministers), then it would "kill" a trade deal with the US.

The second zinger from the president ahead of his joint news conference was that May hadn't listened to him over how to negotiate Brexit with the EU. "She didn't listen. No, I told her how to do it," he told the Sun.

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Donald Trump prefers unscripted Kim summit in Singapore to G7 ritual

  • 10 June 2018
  • From the section Asia
US President Donald Trump impersonator Dennis (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard (C-R) pictured against the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay as they pose for photographers in Singapore, 08 June 2018 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Trump and Kim impersonators took to the streets ahead of the summit

The politics of the old and the politics of the new clashed exquisitely this weekend.

In Quebec at the G7 (the traditional way of doing things) the sherpas, political advisers and draftsmen toiled through two nights to find a form of words that all sides could sign up to.

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Comey may be many things, but is he really a liar?

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So let's cut straight to it. I've been reading the book, and watched the interview. I also spent hours listening to James Comey giving testimony to Congress before he was fired and afterwards. And my views about him have coalesced.

I think he is vain, arrogant, pious, slightly pompous, supercilious, faux-naïve over the Hillary Clinton emails and the role he played in determining the outcome of the election, and sly in the personal comments he makes about Donald Trump - orange face, white half-moon eyes and (not unusually small) hands.

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Stormy Daniels and Trump: Should the president be worried?

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A porn star has given details in a television interview of an alleged affair with the US president. What impact might this have on Donald Trump?

Like kids waiting for Santa to come down the chimney, how can the expectation and anticipation ever live up to the reality?

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Tillerson sacking: Where it went wrong for Rex

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The Las Vegas shootings were Donald Trump's first experience of being consoler-in-chief.

After a man barricaded himself into the Mandalay Bay hotel and over a terrifying 10 minutes opened fire on concertgoers below, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, the president went to Vegas and met families, first responders, medics and the emergency services.

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Florida shooting: Why the NRA wields so much power

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Every time there's a mass shooting in America there are calls for action to stop it from happening again. But any effort to introduce stricter gun laws always falters in the US Congress - and that's in large part because of the power of the National Rifle Association. Here's a closer look at how they wield that power.

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What is Trumpism?

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It was repeatedly said during the 2016 presidential campaign that the press never really got why Donald Trump was doing so well, summed up in a brilliant sound bite coined by a US journalist, who said that the media took him literally and not seriously, while the American public took him seriously but not literally.

In other words, Trump supporters knew there was boasting and braggadocio. They knew he wouldn't do exactly what he said, but they liked the sentiment, all summed up in his blood and thunder inaugural speech.

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Trump-Bannon: A political knife fight with consequences

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It's not unusual for former political allies to fall out. It happens all the time. But normally it's done in private, and maybe hinted at in public. Not this time. Not with this President.

This is a vicious knife fight between Donald Trump and his former campaign chief and White House Chief strategist being played out across social media.

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Donald Trump tumbles to earth with a bump

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Image caption Mr Trump had urged supporters to vote for Mr Moore

For Roy Moore it looks like the next time he saddles up his horse it will be to ride off into the sunset.

The maverick Christian conservative who enjoyed the full-throated support of Steve Bannon, the slightly-more-tempered endorsement of Donald Trump and the outright antipathy of certain sections of the GOP, has failed in the reddest of red states. So how much should be read into this defeat?

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Is Donald Trump winning?

Donald Trump (front R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front L) return in a golf cart after playing a round of golf Image copyright Getty Images

This president has played a lot of golf since he won the election. He seems to do a lot of his business on the lush Trump properties - senators are invited to come and play a round while he can bend their ear to back this or that cause.

The way the president does business is not always pretty. There seems to be unnecessary noise and more collateral damage than there needs to be.

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