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Donald Trump is loyal -- until he's not

(CNN)From long before he took office, President Donald Trump has touted loyalty -- his to others, and others' to himself -- as a prize virtue.It's at least half true.Trump reiterated his philosophy on the matter a few years ago: "I'm loyal to people who've done good work for me." "Good work" is, of course, a subjective means of measuring one's service to Trump. But it's a telling line mostly because of the subtext, which suggests Trump is indeed willing to repay subordinates who advance his interests with loyalty -- but only up to a point. When the "good work" ends or hits a snag, as we've seen over the past seven months and during the campaign before that, Trump's backing tends to do the same. On this question, the story of Trump and his ...