Whether it was President Trump's first national dinner, the visit of two prominent European politicians, the retreat of the president who led the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, or a summit meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea – it was a great week's success in American politics and diplomacy. Here's a look back at what you might have missed.
Under the reproaches of his behavior, Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the White House doctor, withdrew his appointment as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Thursday after lawmakers released a litany of allegations about him. The allegations included reports that he generously distributed prescription drugs, was intoxicated at work, and had a hostile working environment.
President Trump and other high-ranking government officials defended Dr. Jackson citing positive performance ratings from past administrations. But interviews with current and former colleagues showed that the isolation of the White House medical department has diminished Dr. Jackson hides as a bully who has loosely distributed powerful drugs, kept sloppy records, and drank too much.
President Trump received two world leaders at the White House this week. One reception was much more pompous than the other.
President Emmanuel Macron of France came to the United States with the intention of convincing Mr. Trump not to abolish the Iranian nuclear program next month, but it remained unclear whether he was making progress toward that goal.
And while Mr. Macron criticized Mr. Trump's policy in a rare joint speech to Congress that flourished during the visit between the two. Mr. Macron and his wife Brigitte were treated to the government's first state dinner, a 21-gun salary, and a private evening at George Washington's house.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a less extravagant greeting on her arrival on Friday. It reiterated Mr Macron's call for the United States to remain part of the nuclear agreement and urged for a stronger commitment to free the European Union of future steel and aluminum tariffs.
It is likely that when Mr. Trump visits Britain in July – a trip again and again evicted Thursday announced – he will receive a similarly subdued reception.
The Supreme Court heard arguments about the president's travel ban
For the first time, the Supreme Court heard arguments about Mr. Trump's efforts to impose a travel ban on the United States from several predominantly Muslim ones countries. Although no decision was taken, the five-strong Conservative majority of the court seemed ready to endorse a revised version of the president's plan.
The judges also heard arguments in their third electoral case, which was a lengthy dispute over congressional and governmental districts in Texas. The challengers say the districts discriminate against minority voters.
The court confirmed the constitutionality of a procedure that facilitates the contestation of questionable patents. In another case, it was decided that foreign companies – in this case a Jordan-based bank with a branch in New York – should not be sued for complicity in violations of human rights abroad.
As a bill advancing in Congress to protect the Special Adviser, new developments emerged in the Russia investigation.
The Judiciary Committee of the US Senate passed two partisan laws on Thursday to protect specialist lawyers Robert S. Müller III, who heads the Russia investigation. And while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will not allow the bill to get the floor for a vote, bipartisan support to the committee sends a warning to Mr. Trump about the consequences of Mr. Müller's dismissal. 19659004] On Friday, it became known that the Russian lawyer, who met with Trump campaign officials in the Trump Tower in June 2016, has revoked her earlier rejection of Russian government relations and admits that she is a source of information for a top Kremlin representative. The revelation came hours before the secretaries of the intelligence committee reported they had found no evidence that the Trump campaign supported Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the newest prominent new member of the law firm of the President Englisch: www.cosmetic-business.com/en/showar…p?art_id=744 between the President and the Special Adviser. Trump continued to distance himself from Michael D. Cohen, his personal lawyer, who is being investigated by the Department of Justice. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also declined to say whether he had withdrawn from the investigation into Mr. Cohen after he withdrew from the Special Counselor's investigation. He also refused to answer when asked if he would stop when Rod J. Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, was released.
With a new Secretary of State in office, the Trump government moved forward – with foreigners and rappers.
The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo, former C.I.A. Director and foreign policy hawk, as the country's 70th foreign minister on Thursday. The affirmation followed a late approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which almost neglected to give him a positive vote.
On his first full day as Secretary of State, Mr. Pompeo traveled to Europe, warning that Mr. Trump could resign from the Iran deal early next month. He also called on European countries to increase their military spending.
Mr. Trump announced Tuesday that he would send Steven Mnuchin, the finance minister and other economic advisers to China next week. With the two countries imprisoned in a fight against tariffs, Mr. Mnuchin and the rest of the American delegation will be accused of forestalling a comprehensive trade war.
In an unusual Twitter exchange that bypassed the usual issues of the media and politics, Mr. Trump turned to Kanye West, the bombastic rapper and longtime backer. The President publicly thanked Mr. West after the rapper praised him on Twitter, claiming that the two brothers were sharing "dragon energy."
In Congress, lawmakers got involved with Trump officials – and with each other.
In a series of hearings and briefings this week, lawmakers interviewed Mr. Sessions, surveyed the salary of the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and grilled Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The most controversial hearing took place with Mr. Pruitt, who spent a full day confronting questions about his expenses, housing arrangements and salary increases for employees. But he avoided the blame and instead pointed to the decisions of his employees.
The news that spokesman Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, had called for the chaplain's resignation two weeks ago sparked another cleavage in Congress. The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy said he believes a prayer he gave while the House was debating tax revision laws sparked Mr. Ryan's anger.
The leaders of North and South Korea met, a first step toward Trump's expected summit meeting with Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea crossed the border on Friday to meet with the President of the South, Moon Jae-in, in the village of Panmunjom. The leaders agreed to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and hold talks with the United States to formally end the Korean War.
It was the first time that a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, which Mr. Trump applauded on Friday. It paves the way for a summit meeting between the US and North Korean leaders. But Mr. Trump vowed he would not be fooled by the North, as he had told his predecessors.