Turmoil, legal woes define Trump's White House debut

The White House on Monday released a list of terrorist attacks in support of President Donald Trump's otherwise unsupported claim the USA media is deliberately suppressing information about "radical Islamic terrorists".

But his angry, personal response to the ruling - and his virulent attacks on the judiciary in the run-up to it - have astonished even observers accustomed to his daily Twitter outbursts targeting everyone from political foes to the media to television celebrities.

A USA TODAY analysis of the incidents in the White House list published Monday night found that it has little bearing on the fight over the travel ban.

Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida for the weekend, said he expected his administration to win the legal battle over his original directive.

"Yeah... we'll provide a list later", Spicer said. Other statements from administration officials hammered home that point on Monday.

On the White House's list were eight attacks where the alleged perpetrators were from the countries affected by the Trump executive order.

Politico interviewed almost two dozen people who have spent time with the former real estate developer and reality TV star since his inauguration - and they said Trump's "mood has careened between surprise and anger as he's faced the predictable realities of governing", according to the report.

In recent weeks, reports have suggested Trump plans to direct federal anti-extremism authorities now engaged in monitoring a variety of threats to focus exclusively on violent Islamists.

Some commentators have argued the media has sensationalised attacks, gives more coverage to attacks in Western countries, and underplays incidents when Muslims are victim, such as the six people killed at a Quebec City mosque last week.

"And all across Europe we've seen what happened in Paris and Nice. The New York Times this weekend had an outstanding piece of reporting about how ISIS has been reaching out, is more involved in some attacks in Europe and overseas", Washington Post columnist David Ignatius said on CNN's "The Lead" on Monday in response to Trump's statement.

"Part of the reason the president got elected is because he speaks his mind", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday.

Besides the fact he adopted some harsh security measures and he is clearly a racist, Donald Trump is not even able to accept criticism.



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