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Donald Trump digs in for the long haul – maybe shot at second term – after 200 days in office

WASHINGTON D.C., Aug. 4, 2017 President Donald Trump leaves for vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, boarding the Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, D.C., United States of America on Aug, 4, 2017. (Ting Shen/Xinhua News Agency) (Credit Image: © Ting Shen/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

US President Donald Trump gave every indication that he is digging in for the long haul, declaring that the large rallies he is holding showed his political base is ”bigger & stronger than ever before” despite recent polling that shows a steep decline in support even among his favored constituency. ”The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling). Look at rallies in Penn, Iowa, Ohio…and West Virginia. The fact is the Fake News Russian collusion story, record Stock Market, border security, military strength, jobs…Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!” Trump blasted out in a series of tweets from Bedminster, New Jersey where he is on a 17-day ”working vacation” even as his administration completes 200 days in office. He also challenged reports that he was vacationing too much and too long, claiming, ”Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation,” and adding that he is ”going to New York next week for more meetings.” By one account Trump has spent nearly 25 per cent of his time in office outside Washington, typically on one of his properties. The US President’s fury at the press is matched by the media’s relentless take-down of a chaotic administration that has almost nothing to boast of by way of legislative success, is well behind the curve in terms of government appointments more than six months into its term, and has been rocked by internal dissentions. Although the media has reported extensively on the stock market’s spectacular uptick after his victory and on job growth, the President believes the liberal press is still biased against him. Trump has begun returning to his base more vocally following the investigation into his aides’ ties with Russia taking on an ominous turn with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneling a grand jury. The probe, he told a rally of his supporters last week, was aimed at cheating them out of their legitimately elected leadership with a ”fake story” that is ”demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.” The weekend also saw vice-president Mike Pence shoot down ”absurd” reports that he is considering running for President in 2020, indicating quite clearly that he is keen to reassure Trump that he is not a threat to a possible second-term run the incumbent President might be considering.

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