THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on July 30, 2017 and it will be updated.
ANNOUNCER: THIS WEEK with George Stephanopoulos starts right now.
MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC HOST (voice-over): Inside the war at the White House.
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: If Reince wants to explain that he’s a leaker, let him do that.
RADDATZ: The president’s major shake up, replacing his Chief of Staff.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: John Kelly will do a fantastic job.
RADDATZ: And seemingly embracing his bombastic new communications director.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Putting Anthony Scaramucci in that job was like throwing a grenade into an ongoing civil war in the White House.
RADDATZ: Will there be more changes? And is the West Wing drama damaging Trump’s ability to govern? We’ll get the very latest reporting from Jonathan Karl and the response from Trump country with radio host Bill Cunningham.
Plus, reaction from one President Trump’s biggest critics, former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
And the GOP health care fight breaks down.
SEN. MITCH MCCONELL (R-KY), MAJORITY LEADER: We worked really hard.
TRUMP: Let Obamacare implode.
RADDATZ: But what does that mean for your bottom line? We’ll put that question and more to Secretary Tom Price.
Plus our Powerhouse Roundtable. From the White House to your house, we take on the moments that matter THIS WEEK.
ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, it’s THIS WEEK. Here now, co-anchor Martha Raddatz.
RADDATZ (on camera): Good morning. Two major headlines developing this week. Here at home, the health care bill defeated in the Senate after that dramatic overnight showdown. A thumbs down from senator John McCain ending it all.
And across the globe, North Korea firing another intercontinental ballistic missile. The threat from that reclusive country intensifying.
But if the president is intensely focused on these two critical issues, it’s hard to tell. Sure, he’s tweeted about health care and North Korea but also this week he focused the spotlight on Russia by repeatedly deriding his own attorney general. Those attacks drawing criticism from fellow Republicans.
Then he issued a surprise announcement on Twitter, this one banning transgender Americans from serving in the military, a decision that blind-sided his own military leaders.
The president also raised eyebrows with comments seeping to encourage police brutality.
And as the war in the West…