‘This Week’ Transcript 8-6-17: Kellyanne Conway, Thom Tillis, Chris Coons

ABC THIS WEEK

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ANNOUNCER: THIS WEEK with George Stephanopoulos starts right now.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC HOST (voice-over): The president cleans house.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The new chief of staff.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We just swore in General Kelly. He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But can General Kelly manage the president and his staff, refocus the White House and revive Trump’s agenda? Those questions ahead for counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

And as the Russia investigation intensifies, a grand jury in place. The president lashes out.

TRUMP: The Russia story is a total fabrication.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Will he fire the special counsel? How will Congress respond? We talk to the Republican and Democratic senators joining forces to protect Robert Mueller.

And our powerhouse round table. We’ll break down the politics, smoke out the spin: the facts that matter THIS WEEK.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, it’s THIS WEEK. Here now, chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning. When August arrives, presidents escape. And President Trump kept up that tradition this week, decamping to his club in rural New Jersey for a welcome break from a bruising debut in Washington.

His big ticket promises: to repeal Obamacare, build a border wall paid for by Mexico, dead in the water. His approval rating the lowest of any president ever so early in his term.

This week we learn that special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on the president’s inner circle, with a grand jury meeting in Washington Documents demanded from the White House. And just this morning, President Trump wakes up to this headline in “The New York Times”: Presidents aside, GOP stars move toward 2020 bids.

Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke he is acting more like a second term vice president hoping to clear the field than a number two sworn in a little more than six months ago.

Can you believe it’s been just six months? One big bright spot (ph) for the president, the economy. Another strong jobs report on Friday and Trump’s most loyal followers in West Virginia showed him lots of love the night before.

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TRUMP: Since our election — not mine — since our election, we’ve added more than 1 million…

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