Democracy or dictatorship? Trump sparks outcry
Attempted coup, military posturing, petulance: whatever Agent Orange is up to, his hirings and firings are legal
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...