Siobhán Brett: Trump theatre as Obama bows out

'Bewildering' press conference in stark contrast to Obama's farewell message

12th January, 2017
Siobhán Brett: Trump theatre as Obama bows out
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower. Pic: Getty

America has been reckoning with a Donald Trump presidency for more than two months now, but never has the prospect seemed as actual or stark as in the last 24 hours.

Shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, CNN published a report of immediate interest, if in places unspecific. It concerned the existence of a file containing allegations that Russian intelligence operatives were in possession of “compromising” personal and financial information about the president-elect, about which US government...

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