Opinion writer

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington on July 24. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

What took so long? “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration and may be considering resigning from his role, according to a report from CNN Monday morning.”

Republicans took a fateful step in backing President Trump. “Most international observers I’ve encountered are deeply concerned by Trump’s lack of interest in — or even disdain for — the 70-year-old international system that the U.S. led in creating and then adapting. … The core question for America-watchers abroad, and I think for Americans, is how the American system and society cope with Trump.”

Republicans took Trump’s professed management acumen seriously. How foolish. “The Republican Party is more powerful than it’s been in more than a decade — and yet it has rarely seemed so weak. Continuing chaos in the White House has been punctuated by the failure to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year pledge to overhaul Obamacare and has many asking whether the party can capitalize on the sweeping election victories it has achieved at the federal, state and local levels.”

And that of course took him out of consideration as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Rudy Giuliani: Jeff Sessions ‘Made the Right Decision’ in Recusing Himself.”

No country “took” our jobs. “The great majority of US manufacturing job losses (88% according to this study) are a direct result of the increased productivity of America’s factory workers, which is much greater than the number of ‘stolen’ factory jobs that have moved overseas. And those factory jobs lost to increased productivity are never, ever coming back to America, unless of course, Team Trump can somehow negotiate deals with the powerful forces of technological progress to slow the steady march of advances in labor-saving manufacturing technologies and ‘Make America Less Productive Again.’ ”

It took Jared Kushner multiple tries to answer security questions on the SF-86 form accurately. “How a form of such significance could be mishandled so badly is sure to be a focus this week. Some Democrats have called for Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked.” Boy, must Jamie Gorelick be happy to be off his Russia defense team.

Hey, when he took the job, Sessions knew exactly what Trump was like. “Days after announcing that he would not have have nominated Sessions to be the country’s chief law enforcement official had he known the attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia inquiry, Trump further isolated Sessions on Monday, describing him as ‘beleaguered’ and publicly questioning why he was not pursuing an investigation into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.”