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Trump Trolls His Critics

Accused of being Nixonian and trying to bury an investigation of ties to Russia, the president meets and greets Russian officials and Nixon’s most famous aide.
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Imagine you are the president of the United States. Now, imagine you have just fired the director of the FBI, for a nonsensical rationale. You are being accused of firing the director in order to stifle an investigation into your campaign’s ties to Russia, in a move a wide range of critics are calling Nixonian. What do you do?

If you are Donald Trump, the answer is clear: You make sure the first people you’re seen with are a pair of Russian officials and Henry Kissinger, Nixon

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