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Analysis: Trump flooded by endless leaks of Russia news

NEW YORK — As Air Force One flew home from Europe, news was set to break about a meeting that Donald Trump’s eldest son had with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, promising yet another round of unwelcome headlines about the president and Russia. No matter how presidential Trump may have looked on his back-to-back trips to Europe in recent days, the persistent questions about connections between Trump’s team and Russia prevent him from savoring a public relations victory and building momentum for his stalled legislative agenda. [...] Trump Jr. was forced to release emails — mere moments before the New York Times planned to do so — that revealed he had told an associate that he would “love” Russia’s help in obtaining negative details about the Democratic nominee. On Saturday, the White House announced that Trump had hired Washington attorney Ty Cobb to serve as his special counsel to handle the White House’s response to the Russia probes. The firestorm over Trump Jr.’s emails has been a frustrating distraction during a stretch in which some White House advisers believed they were finding their footing. [...] just six days later, as Air Force One was returning from France, more news was breaking about Trump Jr.’s shifting account of the meeting, again launching a bad news cycle and straining the credibility of the president’s defense team.

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