First man out
Giving China what it wants
Also this week
- Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, privately told Democrats that he’s no fan of the president’s attacks on the judiciary, calling them “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Through a spokesman, Gorsuch confirmed the remarks. On Twitter, Trump claimed Gorsuch had been misrepresented.
- The Office of Government Ethics recommended that the White House take disciplinary action against counselor Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump’s product line during a television interview.
- Trump’s pick for labor secretary, fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination amid domestic-violence allegations and Republican defections.
- With the president’s Muslim ban put on hold by the courts, the White House is considering issuing new executive orders on immigration.
- More than 680 people who were in the United States illegally were arrested last week in a series of raids across the country.
- Foreign creditors appear less willing to buy U.S. debt since Trump’s election.
- Presidential adviser Stephen Miller went on TV discredited conspiracy theories about voter fraud. and once again advanced
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Trump wasn’t his role to “lecture another country on how they chose to govern themselves.”. “We won’t always agree on everything,” Trudeau said while insisting it
- The Department of Education misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois’ name.
What to read
Mr. Trump, a profane, bombastic, thrice-married New Yorker, may not have been the candidate many religious conservatives prayed would win the White House. But the mutually beneficial arrangement he has nurtured with the Christian right is already starting to nudge the government in a more conservative direction ...
A group that has felt shunted aside by the Republican establishment is finding doors open more quickly and willingly than it did even under friendly presidents like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
So far, Trump has behaved exactly like he has throughout his previous career: He has generated intense attention and sold himself as a man of action while doing little other than promote an image of himself as someone who gets things done.
Birtherism helped the set the stage for the rapid rise and success of a mass nativist movement. In the hands of Donald Trump, the voter fraud myth may do the same for the growing effort to make voting hard again—to make voting white again.
This Week in @realDonaldTrump
- Trump went on the offensive against Sen. John McCain and his criticism of the Yemen raid, dedicating threetweets to attacking the Republican leader.
- The commander-in-chief criticized a New York Times story for not containing information about a conversation that took place after the article was published.
- Trump told followers they shouldn’t pay attention to estimates for the cost of the border wall because he hasn’t started negotiating yet.
- Apropos of nothing, Trump blasted Mark Cuban as “not smart enough to run for president.”
- Amid the first high-level resignation of his presidency and the deepening Russia scandal, Trump said the “real story” was “why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington.” He continued along those lines in two tweets the next day.