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Trump Tries to Change the Subject as Russia Fallout Rattles GOP

  • Republican lawmakers wary of alienating loyal Trump followers
  • President’s well-practiced play when under political pressure
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is changing the subject -- but it’s not clear how easily Republicans in Congress will be able to move on.

After days of backlash over his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump on Friday sought refuge in the populism that won him office. He threatened China with more tariffs, accused the European Union of currency manipulation and bashed the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates.