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The past catches up to Trump

CNN logo CNN 6/19/2020 Analysis by Lauren Dezenski, CNN
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Whether it was via legal arguments or exchanges published in a controversial tell-all by a former administration member, President Donald Trump had to contend with his past amid ongoing, very current, issues this week.

Though Trump has so far named two justices to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land delivered two significant blows to his administration, first by ruling that federal law protects LGBTQ workers, and second by upholding the Obama-era DACA immigration program.

Trump had his say on Twitter, quipping: "Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn't like me?'"

SCOTUS isn't in the business of making personality judgements, but Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton certainly is in his new tell-all book.

Among other bombshells, Bolton claims that Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help him win the 2020 US presidential election, according to a copy obtained by CNN Wednesday.

It should then come as little surprise that Trump's administration has gone to great lengths to stop the book's publication ... and distribution ... and Bolton from cashing in.

Still, Trump and his team are trying to look into to the future. He and Vice President Mike Pence have claimed the coronavirus pandemic is "over" (despite climbing case numbers that show otherwise). Both will travel to Oklahoma on Saturday for the first MAGA rally since the pandemic shut down the country.

The Point: As much as Trump wants to move on, the past caught up to the President this week.


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