WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein
There’s a whole lot of jokes being told by White House officials these days, or so we are told. But this is not one of them: Congress is starting to treat President Trump as an interested – if not totally informed – bystander, and not the leader of a legislative agenda. Let Obamacare fail? Change the Senate rules? Bipartisanship has actually broken out on health care, with efforts brewing to shore up the individual insurance market. On Russia, Trump is reluctantly set to sign a sanctions bill his secretary of state says he and the president are not “very happy about,” forced by overwhelming numbers in Congress. Of course, Sen. Jeff Flake has a whole book out now about standing apart from Trump. And few on Capitol Hill are following the White House’s lead anymore when it comes to that supposed “witch hunt.” The cause is a volatile combination of vanishing credibility and eroding capability. If you can’t believe what the president says, and can’t trust him to do what he says must get done, leadership is hard to establish. Trump’s Washington can’t run on Trumpism alone.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He certainly didn’t dictate, but you know, he, like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion, like any father would do.” —Sarah Sanders on President Trump’s involvement in crafting Donald Trump Jr.’s first statement on the meeting he had with a Russian lawyer in 2016.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Trump makes an “announcement” at 11:30 a.m. ET with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue….