[00:00.00]It has been a busy two weeks in political news from the United States.
[00:07.34]President Donald Trump dismissed James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
[00:17.70]Comey was leading an investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian interference with the November presidential election.
[00:32.86]The dismissal happened last week.
[00:36.36]This week, The Washington Post reported that Trump shared classified information during his meeting with Russian officials.
[00:48.20]And The New York Times reported about a memo that James Comey reportedly wrote.
[00:57.16]It said Trump had asked him to end a federal investigation into a former top Trump administration official.
[01:09.81]And on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named a special counsel to take over the government’s “Russia” investigation.
[01:22.73] He appointed Robert Mueller, who served as FBI director from 2001 to 2013.
[01:32.29]Things are happening so fast that it is difficult to keep up.
[01:39.61]Larry Sabato is the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
[01:48.18]“Everyone I know in the political system, on all sides and in all professions, is exhausted,” he said. “There's never a break.”
[02:00.83]Alison Howard is a therapist in Washington, D.C.
[02:06.48]Almost everyday, she hears from patients who are “stressed out” about what they have watched or read in the news about politics.
[02:18.98]Howard told VOA that people seem to deal with this stress in different ways.
[02:27.57]Some try to avoid reading or watching as much news as they have in the past.
[02:35.03]Howard said, “Others take comfort in signing into social media and finding that other people feel the same way that they do.”
[02:47.51]Lyle Cope, a Republican voter in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, said he is feeling the stress of the regular “breaking news” reports on cable news networks.
[03:02.46]“Pretty much anybody who is paying attention is stressed out by the constant flow of things coming from this administration,” he said.
[03:14.11]Cope is retired after helping run centers for the mentally disabled.
[03:20.61]Cope voted for the losing Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, rather than Trump, a fellow Republican.
[03:30.20]“I think my decision not to vote for Trump has been borne out,” Cope said.
[03:36.44]He criticizes Trump for supporting a health care bill that will stop coverage for millions of Americans, and reports that he shared secret information with Russian officials.
[03:52.00]“Frightening,” Cope said.
[03:55.34]Stephen Gele is a lawyer in Louisiana and a Republican who voted for Trump and continues to support the president.
[04:07.18]He said Trump’s “flamboyant” personality is a big change.
[04:13.57]“His style is very different than most presidents people have known,” Gele said. “And I think that takes people aback.”
[04:23.37]Gele praises Trump for carrying out campaign promises to improve enforcement of immigration laws and increase jobs through reduced regulations and tax cuts.
[04:38.93]Responding to news about Robert Mueller as special counsel, Trump was measured at first.
[04:48.92]He predicted the investigation will clear him and his political campaign.
[04:55.45]But hours later on Twitter, he was direct in expressing unhappiness.
[05:02.09]“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he wrote.
[05:11.24]Starting this weekend, Trump again will be in the news, as he begins his first international trip as president.
[05:22.85]I'm Caty Weaver.