NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is on the hunt for a new communications director — again.

But in practice, the job is already filled.

It’s Trump who’s the White House’s leading expert and the final word on what and how he communicates with the public.

He’s inserted himself into the White House’s press operations in an unprecedented fashion for a president.

Trump has dictated news releases and he’s pushed those who speak for him to bend the facts to bolster his claims.

He’s ignored the advice of his legal team and thrown out carefully planned legislative strategies with a single 140-character tweet.

His direct, hands-on style helped him win the White House and still thrills his supporters. It also, however, poses increasing political and potentially legal risks.

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JONATHAN LEMIRE
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