WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
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.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“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.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
President Trump holds an event for small businesses at the White House today.
“THE BRIEFING ROOM.” After every White House press briefing – on camera or not – ABC News’…