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Trump’s Strange, Fleeting Briefing-Room Cameo

The president spoke briefly to reporters, but offered only familiar talking points and did not take any questions.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

With the government shutdown headed for the two-week mark with no end in sight, President Donald Trump had a succinct message for the press and the nation on Thursday: Please look at me.

All the attention in Washington had been concentrated down Pennsylvania Avenue for the swearing-in of the new Congress, and especially its new Democratic House majority. As my colleagues Russell Berman and Elaine Godfrey earlier Thursday, the new group “will share

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