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Trump's controversies show his presidency is really all about himself

(CNN)Donald Trump's latest controversies make his presidency look more than ever like a vehicle for self-justification, self-preservation and self-enrichment.In the last few days alone, Trump has brandished the power of the executive branch to cover up his own discredited claims that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama. There is increasing evidence that his government is steering official business to his own properties. He is escalating his attacks on the Federal Reserve, demanding the independent central bank take steps that would bolster his best argument for reelection -- a strong economy -- but that could tie its hands in the event of a financial crisis.He's boasting about taking billions of dollars from "all over" -- i.e. government fu ...