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The past seven days have seen the sacking of US national security adviser Michael Flynn, a U-turn in the American position on a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, and controversy over alleged links between Donald Trump’s administration and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.

At a combative, rumbustious press conference, the defiant US president responded to criticism by attacking the “dishonest” media and denying any chaos, saying his administration was a “fine-tuned machine”.

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