As international editor, I have to decide which Donald Trump fights are newsworthy

It can sometimes be difficult to decide how much credence to give to his rants, as they are not an uncommon occurrence and tend to be repetitive

Chris Stevenson
Sunday 25 November 2018 18:39

It is true that journalists occasionally have to pick fights – the act of “speaking truth to power” can mean a battle to put information out into the public domain that someone may not want people to see.

Watching the president of the United States pick a fight is a whole different experience, however. It is something that has become a bit of a tradition during American holidays when Donald Trump takes his leave from Washington and heads to his exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

There is usually not much on the president’s public schedule during these visits – as has been the case during this week’s visit for the long Thanksgiving weekend – leaving plenty of time for Mr Trump to think, and so tweet.

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