Democracy or dictatorship? Trump sparks outcry

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Democracy or dictatorship? Trump sparks outcry

Attempted coup, military posturing, petulance: whatever Agent Orange is up to, his hirings and firings are legal

Demetri Sevastopulo and Katrina Manson in Washington

He fired his defence secretary, installed a conspiracy-minded loyalist as chief counsel at an intelligence agency, and tapped a retired army colonel who backed martial law on the Mexican border for a top Pentagon job.

And all this within days of being declared the loser of a US presidential election — a result Donald Trump has declared fraudulent.

“If we saw this in any other country, a president refusing to accept the results and then firing the secretary of defence, you could imagine [journalists] writing that this is an attempted coup,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former senior state department official...

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