The Los Angeles Times has carried out a blistering attack on President Donald Trump, comparing his first few weeks in office to a “trainwreck”.
“It is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation,” the op-ed, entitled “Our Dishonest President”, stated.
The Pulitzer-winning publication claimed Mr Trump had a “shocking lack of respect” for the rules and institutions in the US, an “utter lack of regard for the truth” and a “scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories”.
“Where will this end?” it asked. “Will Trump moderate his crazier campaign positions as time passes? Or will he provoke confrontation with Iran, North Korea or China, or disobey a judge’s order or order a soldier to violate the Constitution?
“Or, alternately, will the system itself — the Constitution, the courts, the permanent bureaucracy, the Congress, the Democrats, the marchers in the streets — protect us from him as he alienates more and more allies at home and abroad, steps on his own message and creates chaos at the expense of his ability to accomplish his goals?”
Mr Trump is unlikely to warm to the publication after the scalding report, given his dislike of criticism and his belief that the mainstream media is peddling “fake news”.
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The LA Times declared it was still not time for “wholesale panic” and said the US had survived wars, slavery, former Presidents and “most likely, it will survive again”.
It mentioned Richard Nixon, whose administration was brought…
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