The Take with Rick Klein
Staff Trump Trump is one thing. But what happens if Trump Trump really lets Trump be?
This is the subject of tirades about the rape of migrants and asylum-seeking caravans, military operations on the border and outside of Syria, electoral fraud, dead DACA deals, veto threats and easy-to-win trade wars. even if nothing happened.
President Donald Trump has returned to his political and business roots in recent days. He has a stream of thoughts and ideas that his own White House can barely hold, let alone explain or force.
The Trump who literally ripped writings is the man who was elected. But it is this side of Trump – the world's most powerful work to improvise and not talk about the tax cuts or the economy or a Republican vision – that drives his allies crazy when they reveal themselves.
"Trump unbound" is banal, even a cliché. But all of this lets the president test the limits of decency and patience.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
President Trump, who his week in West Virginia may have talked to voters who like him, but did he talk about topics that are important to them?
"Our economy is strong, our jobs are great," President Trump said in a state in which almost no one would agree.
Many voters we spoke to in West Virginia this week said they liked the President, but they are still worried.
Not above MS-13, a boundary wall, caravans, Syria or taxes.
They worry about bread and butter like health care, debt, opioids, wages and jobs, jobs and jobs.
This central question on how to give voters an opportunity, voters said, will drive their decisions in the state's state election in just a few weeks.
As in other parts of the country, many voters in West Virginia feel good and hopeful that government action to reduce regulation and green light energy projects may lead to more blue-collar attitudes and a better economic future ,
But now, this week, the spirit of the president seemed to be elsewhere.
The TIP with John Verhovek
A familiar face in GOP politics reappears in Minnesota.
Former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who served as governor of the state from 2003 to 2011, announced another bid for the post and gave the party a recognizable name on the ticket in a state that could be Key to the mid-term landscape in 2018.
Both US state seats have risen this year, and it is expected that a number of US house races in this state will be highly competitive. Republicans will likely argue that Pawlenty's presence on the poll increases their chances of holding and winning seats crucial to maintaining their majority.
The GOP sees two open-seat races in the state of Minnesota's 1st and 8th congressional district as prime opportunities to turn blue seats red. At the same time, the Republicans have to hold the 2nd and 3rd congressional district in suburban Minneapolis.
Democrat Tim Walz, state auditor Rebecca Otto, and state representative Erin Murphy are competing for Democratic nominations in a state that Hillary Clinton won by less than two points in the 2016 presidential election.
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"President Trump understands that we are dramatically reducing the size and scope of the administrative state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, one of three candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run against Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., is singing the president's praise during a tax reform round in West Virginia on Thursday.
Trump says he did not know about Stormy Daniel's pay. President Donald Trump responded on Thursday to questions on a payment to adult movie star Stormy Daniels. (Pete Madden) https://abcn.ws/2GBXI4f
The Pentagon has few details about the deployment of the guard at the border. One day after President Donald Trump had empowered his government to work with governors to deploy the National Guard to secure the southern border, the Pentagon had little to answer on Thursday as to how the convocation would take place or how many guardsmen might be involved , (Luis Martinez) https://abcn.ws/2GYthc4
Mueller raises evidence that raises questions about the prince's testimony when meeting with Russians: sources. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has received evidence challenging the testimony of Trump supporter and Blackwater founder Erik Prince last year when he struck a meeting in Seychelles with a Russian financier near Vladimir Putin as a fortuitous one Encounter "when describing a beer." Sources tell ABC News. (Pierre Thomas and James Meek) https://abcn.ws/2JphtOu
Trump moves into the middle of the West Virginia GOP Senate. President Donald Trump sat between West Virginia's congressman Evan Jenkins and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Thursday at a White House roundtable on white-collar reform in White Sulfur Springs, literally placing himself in the middle of the first GOP Senate. (Meridith McGraw) https://abcn.ws/2HdPkZN
President Trump says that migrant women are being raped on a scale never seen before. President Donald Trump threw his prepared remarks literally and figuratively at a round table in West Virginia about tax reform. (Ali Rogin and Jordyn Phelps) https://abcn.ws/2GAI8d7
Top Pruitt Advisor Backed by Increasing Scandal at EPA: Sources. A top advisor to the Environmental Protection Authority administrator Scott Pruitt abruptly resigned last week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. (Katherine Faulders, John Santucci and Trish Turner) https://abcn.ws/2HcyN8B
Trump expresses confidence in Pruitt despite the criticism of the way of life. President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he continues to have confidence in controversial EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. "I do," the president said when asked by a reporter if he trusted Pruitt when he boarded Air Force One early Thursday afternoon when he drove to West Virginia. (Stephanie Ebbs, Matthew Mosk, Johannes Santucci, Jordyn Phelps) https://abcn.ws/2GzmuGc
Pruitts EPA should not have paid for a broken condo door, Congressman says. Rep. Betty McCollum has a strong opinion on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to reimburse the owners of Scott Pruitt's rented Capitol Hill condominium for the cost of a broken door – and not just because she sits in the subcommittee that owns the Budget monitored by the EPO. (Benjamin Siegel) https://abcn.ws/2EnJG4l
According to Jura experts, Mueller will navigate the surrounding of the Russian probe in unknown waters. Although Special Envoy Robert Mueller is still far from completing his investigation into Russia's possible interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, legal experts are already discussing the best way to end it. (Lauren Pearle) https://abcn.ws/2qapmiD
Tillerson spent $ 12 million redesigning the state Department of State. Newly reported numbers show that while Mueller tried to downsize his department, he spent millions of dollars asking outsiders how to do it. (Conor Finnegan) https://abcn.ws/2qbDCre
GOP governors respond to Trump's call to send the guard to the border. Governors of Mexico's neighboring states responded on Thursday to President Donald Trump's call to send National Guard troops to secure the southern border. (Allison Pecorin) https://abcn.ws/2GzZnvj
The New York Times reports that at least five Environmental Protection Agency officials, four of them senior, were relegated or demoted, after being subject to Scott Kraitt, the authority's administrator, concerns about spending and management had expressed. https://nyti.ms/2Eoc7iC
The Washington Post reports that Trump's decision to consider Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com as his latest Twitter targets highlights a serious break in American society. Four times last week, the president has criticized Bezos. https://wapo.st/2IvvvfY
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