Thursday June 4, 2020

Marion McKeone: Even Gallic charm has its limits

Macron did an admirable job of play-acting with Trump, but no amount of knee-slapping will stop the looming danger of Pompeo and Bolton’s scary world views

29th April, 2018
French president Emmanuel Macron and US president Donald Trump hug at the arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington last Tuesday. The state visit was Trump’s first such invitation to a foreign leader, but Macron chafed at his role as a mere mortal alongside Trump by day three Pic: Getty

A White House doctor facing allegations of misconduct. A personal lawyer who is under criminal investigation. A chief of staff who is a proven liar, and a top aide who was a serial wife-beater.

Then there is the education secretary who had never set foot in a public school, and the housing secretary who believes prayer is preferable to affordable housing. A slew of special advisers without portfolios, but with a perennial presence on cable...

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