by Graham Pierrepoint
It’s hard not to avoid US President Donald Trump in the news these days – from the very start of his campaign trail way back when, the tycoon’s fascinating rise to US President has been captured by the media each and every step of the way – and it just so happens that he and his administration have been involved in a number of high profile controversies that, over 100 days in, show no sign of slowing down. Just days on from firing James Comey as the Director of the FBI, news of Trump’s alleged sharing of sensitive data with Russia has gripped worldwide news – particularly as the President appeared to assert why he shared information via Twitter. Anyone who knows Donald Trump will know he loves the occasional tweet – and while it may be hard to avoid him online and in the news, it may be even harder to dodge him in person.
Just days after it was revealed that press Secretary Sean Spicer allegedly hid in bushes to avoid the press following Comey’s sacking, it has been suggested that Comey himself adopted a similar manoeuvre to try and dodge the attention of the Commander-in-Chief himself earlier this year. At an event in January which was set up to honor law enforcement representatives, Trump made the move of calling the then-FBI Director in for a hug – as Comey was allegedly trying to ‘blend in with the curtains’. The comments come from Benjamin Wittes, a friend of the ex-Director – who advised that Comey thought he had gotten away without interacting directly with The Donald. However, he wasn’t so lucky – as Trump went in for a hug as opposed to a more formal handshake that Comey himself had tried pushing for.
This is yet another bizarre story to have leaked from the rather mysterious world surrounding Trump and his top team – with Comey’s name yet to leave mainstream news following a series of revelations in the past week regarding information shared between himself and Trump, it seems he is not the only high profile US figure to try blending into the surroundings to avoid attention. It didn’t work for Spicer, and it certainly didn’t work for Comey – so what next? One thing’s for certain – the Republican Party will not be ducking out of the limelight any time soon, with a number of voices from within ranks suggesting Trump could be impeached if certain allegations are proven true.