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Witcover: Trump carries on his campaign of telling lies and blowing smoke

Witcover: Trump carries on his campaign of telling lies and blowing smoke

Under fire at home and abroad, Donald Trump continues to mix lies and bluster to ward off growing threats to his presidency, apparently guided by the principle that the best defense is a tough-talking offense.

His self-contradictory statements on Russia's meddling in the American election process and his harsh warning to annihilate Iran confirm his commitment to govern through bullying behind a thin façade of erratic diplomacy.

After attempting to "clarify" his Helsinki summit fiasco by finally affirming the U.S.intelligence community's finding that Russia interfered, Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday night that "it is all a big hoax."

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