This week, news agency Bloomberg said that in recent times “the White House has slapped sanctions on countries from Venezuela to Turkey, just as investigations into Russian election meddling and hush-money payments deepened”.

This time, after he was directly implicated in criminality by his former attorney, Trump bashed SA.

The damage is huge. This sensitive, important, complex and divisive debate will now be drenched with Trump’s ignorant, bigoted and shortsighted views. We do not need yet another populist hack on this – we have enough already.

President Donald Trump of the US is a man on fire. The word “impeachment” is being thrown about rather loosely all over the capital, Washington DC, this week. The name Richard Nixon, the man who resigned back in August 1974 to avoid almost certain impeachment because of the Watergate scandal, is on every television talk show host’s lips. Trump’s Waterloo has been written about ad nauseam these past 500 days. He has confounded critics and survived. Yet on Tuesday afternoon his scandal-wracked administration found itself in real danger when Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty to eight crimes in a Manhattan federal court. Cohen admitted that he had paid hush money, during the 2016 election, to keep a porn star and a former Playboy model quiet about alleged affairs with Trump years earlier. Cohen did not just plead guilty. He drew a line straight to the man in the White House, saying he had broken the law “in coordination with, and at the direction of,...

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