Two-fisted Trump comes out swinging

The new US president was full of bluster in his first week in office, but a number of his much-hyped big ideas are already falling apart

British prime minister Theresa May with US president Donald Trump at The White House Photo: Getty Images

Where to start with this chaotic and acrimonious first week of the Donald Trump era? Behind-the-scenes power struggles spilling out into the public arena; a cascade of lies, falsehoods and exaggerations from the mouths of the new president and his press secretary; a dam-burst of leaks from frustrated Republicans and ill-disciplined staff; and a diplomatic crisis with one of the US’s closest allies that culminated in a humiliating capitulation for the US.

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