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April 14, 2018

Between Zuckerberg, Trump/Cohen and Syria — Our Visual Roundup of the Week

PHOTO: David Butow via Instagram CAPTION: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg leaves the building after concluding his final day of testimony in front of congressional committees. On assignment for NBC News. April 12, 2018.

The new photos this week were more complex than usual. For example, two stories that should have been completely separate seemed to merge. The first was Syria’s gas attack on its own people. The second was the raid on the office of Trump’s lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen. In the week’s leading Trump visual, he used a meeting about the former to lash out about the latter.  Like we said last week, awash in troubles of his own making (Stormy, Mueller, tariffs, Cohen, Syria hedging, etc.), images of Trump seemed to cast him more clearly on the defensive.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress also attracted an internet’s worth of eyeballs. In the end, his exposure raised more questions than it answered, and made Zuck and the company a more publicly visible concern. Finally, the resignation of House Speaker Ryan was one more indicator of DC gridlock, Trump’s outsized impact, and the GOP’s vulnerability in November.

It’s not just the Justice Dept and the FBI on his back.

Photo: David Butow via Instagram Caption: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg leaves the building after concluding his final day of testimony in front of congressional committees. On assignment for NBC News. April 12, 2018.

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