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In the president’s mind, the media’s role is not to hold government to account, but simply to support it.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, supporters at his rallies were regularly told that journalists were liars or establishment stooges – in the pocket of big business or other supposed opponents of the Donald. No wonder that media representatives covering those events were frequently harangued or hassled by the Trump faithful.

And lest we imagine this is only an American, Trump-inspired phenomenon, let’s not forget that the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, was given a bodyguard during last year’s Labour Party conference after receiving a welter of abuse from some of Jeremy Corbyn’s more ardent supporters. Corbyn himself condemned the harassment – but only belatedly and after being urged to do so by many of his colleagues. He had previously claimed the BBC was “obsessed” with trying to discredit him.

President Donald Trump: Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!

Crucially, the first trial in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia is set to start this week, examining former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.  

Yet Russians are quaking in fear of Republicans, according to Trump, who boasted that “no president has been tougher on Russia than me” – a baseless assertion at odds with his flattering treatment of Vladmir Putin. 

Last week, Trump went as far as to back Russian denials over interference in the 2016 election, before backpedalling following fierce bipartisan condemnation with a questionable excuse.