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When congress said to Donald Trump: “You’re fired!”

Capitol Hill has quietly terminated a noisy presidency—at least where foreign affairs are concerned

By Helen Thompson   October 2017

Trump's position before Congress has been substantially weakened. Photo: PA

Charlottesville was the latest disaster that Washington sages warned could end Donald Trump’s presidency. But for all the heat over the racists wreaking havoc in August, in one crucial and underappreciated respect his presidency had, in effect, ended the week before.

The fateful moment came when Trump signed the sanctions bill against Russia, Iran and North Korea that Congress passed with only five dissenting votes. Although he put his signature to the law, the decision about whether or…

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