Donald Trump has lashed out at coverage of his leadership, claiming that “no politician in history… has been treated worse or more unfairly”.
His remarks yesterday came as a leading Republican said the scandals within the US President’s administration were reaching “Watergate size”.
And they echoed comments made by ex-president Richard Nixon, who complained about the media’s reaction to him before he was forced to resign over Watergate.
In 1973 Nixon said he had never seen such “distorted”, “frantic”, “hysterical” reporting, which was shaking faith in the American system, adding: “I’m not a crook.”
As Trump moaned in a speech at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, John McCain likened the crisis around him to the one that brought down the former US leader.
The senator, a vocal critic of his party’s chief, said: “It’s reaching the point where it’s of Watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals you and I have seen.”
Describing the crisis as a “centipede”, he went on: “The shoe continues to drop. Every couple of days, there’s a new aspect of this really unhappy situation.”
Mr McCain spoke as calls were made for Trump to be impeached after it emerged he gave highly classified information to Russia’s Foreign Minister last week.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin denied this yesterday and joked: “I spoke to [Sergei Lavrov] today. I’ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us.” He added Russia would hand over a transcript of the meeting.
Democrats continued to slam the President’s meeting, displaying a photo of him greeting Mr Lavrov. It sparked amusement when a woman standing behind the frame made Trump appear to be in skirt and heels.
Meanwhile the US stock market took its biggest dive since before Trump’s election. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 368 points, or 1.8 percent to 20,611.
Theresa May has refused to say she has full confidence in Donald Trump, but vowed to keep sharing intelligence.
Asked yesterday if she backed him, the Prime Minister instead spoke of the “very special relationship” with the United States, adding: “We have confidence in that.”
Speaking at an election campaign event in Canary Wharf, East London, she went on: “We continue to share intelligence with the US as we are all working together to deal with the threats we face.”