The Note: Plot thickens with Trump crafting son’s misleading memo on Russia meeting


  • President Trump personally dictated his son’s initial, misleading statement about the meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer, The Washington Post reports. Two senior-level sources confirmed this to ABC News.
  • Mooch moves along. Less than two weeks after the announcement of his new role, Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director, as new chief of staff John Kelly flexes some muscle. “A great day at the White House,” the president tweeted, hours after assuring his followers, “no WH chaos!”
  • Chills are turning cold with Russia. Trump is poised to sign a bill strengthening sanctions on Russia, as Vladimir Putin jabs back by seizing U.S. diplomatic properties and slashing American embassy staff.
  • “My Party is in Denial about Donald Trump.” A stunning rebuke of Trump comes from Sen. Jeff Flake, who writes in his new book “Conscience of a Conservative“: “If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it.”
  • THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein

    The ouster of Anthony Scaramucci might be one of those rare instances where chaos outside suggests the beginning of order inside. That, at least, is John Kelly‘s hope, if not the promise of best behavior he’s extracted from President Trump. Then comes the latest Russia news, along with the irresistible visual of the president himself dictating his son’s misleading statement on a plane ride back from Europe. (Note to the new chief of staff: This means staffers are still talking – this time about the president’s own behavior.) The latest revelation implicates the president directly in an attempt to mislead the public about the now infamous meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort had with individuals they were told represented the Russian government. It also directly undercuts what the Trump legal team said about the president not being involved. It’s a reminder that while wrangling the staff is a challenge, the real issues in exerting control in this White House remain managing the chief and his family.


    “There is no announcement on that and the president has 100 percent confidence in his cabinet.” –Press secretary Sarah Sanders when asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be replaced.


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