The Trump White House is in a perpetual state of discord. But even by its standards, this week was remarkable.
Just to recap, the week included:
- Republicans failing — apparently for good — to deliver on a long-standing GOP and Trump promise to repeal Obamacare, thanks to a statement vote from none other than Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose war hero status Trump poo-pooed as a candidate.
- Trump announcing a ban on transgender members of the military that was apparently news to both the military and Congress and still isn’t sorted out, with several GOP senators opposing it and the Joint Chiefs of Staff issuing a statement that the military would continue to work with transgender employees.
- Trump delivering a highly political speech to Boy Scouts in West Virginia that had the organization’s leaders distancing themselves from his remarks and making assurances that the Boy Scouts don’t take political sides.
- Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, talking about killing leakers and deriding Trump’s other two top White House advisers, Reince Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon, in graphic and vulgar terms.
- Priebus resigning, becoming the fourth high-ranking White House staffer to exit within a little more than six months, alongside Michael Flynn, Michael Dubke and Sean Spicer.
- The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), telling Trump that the committee would not take up a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions this year if Sessions is relieved of his duties, after Trump continually undermined Sessions on Twitter and in interviews.
- Rebukes from Grassley’s fellow Republican Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who said Trump’s potential firings of Sessions and Russia investigation special counsel Robert S. Mueller would be beyond the pale.
- More rebukes from police…