President Trump’s first 100 days were unprecedented, from his vow to end “American carnage” to his continued promises to build a Mexican border wall. But if you thought those 100 days were action-packed, recall the outrageous tweets, Russia revelations and health-care squabbling since. Here’s what happened in Days 101 through 200, in the words of members of the Trump administration and Post Opinions contributors.

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“This is what winning looks like!”
President Trump, May 2

“If Trump, who only recently became Republican, wants to win until we’re tired of winning, there’s an obvious path to consensus. Alternatively, he and the members of the Freedom Caucus can celebrate the virtues of partisan polarity and ideological purity — in a very small room.”

Dana Milbank, “How did Congress go from compromise one day to toxicity the next? Trump.”

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post
“What we have is something that is very, very, incredibly well-crafted.”
President Trump, May 4

“It is beyond sad that this is what passes for a ‘win’ for President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress.”

Editorial Board, “Betrayal, carelessness, hypocrisy: The GOP health-care bill has it all”

“It’s the people we love — our children, friends and neighbors — who are the inspiration behind our American Health Care Act, which we passed in the House on Thursday.”

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, “My son has a preexisting condition. He’s one of the reasons I voted for the AHCA.”

“Given the bill’s many other controversial provisions, few in Congress or the media talk much about how the AHCA would cut Medicaid by $839 billion over 10 years.”

Allison Wohl, “My son has Down syndrome. The GOP’s health-care bill scares me to death.”

“Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today --- she said nothing but old news!”
@realDonaldTrump, May 8

“Yates’s testimony is particularly damning because it shows she clearly tried to warn the White House that [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn had not only engaged in ‘problematic’ conduct but also that he had misled [Vice President] Pence, who unwittingly then transmitted those deceptions to the American public.”

Sarah Posner, “Sally Yates just publicly confirmed important facts about the Trump-Russia story”

“The president has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, May 9

“Think about this, the sitting president of the United States announcing that he is not a crook — well, in his telling, not a suspected crook — as he fires the man who has been leading the investigation of his presidential campaign’s possible involvement with Russia.”

Ruth Marcus, “Comey’s firing should make all of us ‘mildly nauseous’ ”

“I know of no former senior Justice Department official — Democrat or Republican — who does not view [FBI Director James B.] Comey’s conduct in July to have been a grave usurpation of authority.”

William Barr, “Trump made the right call on Comey”

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post
“The president’s committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections.”
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, May 11

“Historians will note that this is the first commission, paid for with taxpayer money, that flows directly from a president’s overheated tweets.”

Michael Waldman, “Trump’s commission on ‘election integrity’ could instead restrict voting”

“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.’ ”
President Trump, May 11

“To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.”

Laurence H. Tribe, “Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.”

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
@realDonaldTrump, May 12

“Presidential obsessions with ‘tapes’ are perilous.”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “The amateurish autocrat”

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”
National security adviser H.R. McMaster, May 15

“By all accounts, the president is impatient with process and study, preternaturally confident in his own knowledge and instincts, and indifferent to, and perhaps contemptuous of, the institutions of government designed to help him succeed.”

Former CIA director Michael V. Hayden, “Trump proves he’s Russia’s ‘useful fool’ ”

“Ponder the irony: These geniuses were so appalled by Trump sharing sensitive intelligence with the Russians that they shared even more sensitive intelligence with the media — and thus the entire world — in order to demonstrate that Trump cannot be trusted with sensitive intelligence.”

Marc A. Thiessen, “Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump”

“It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people.”
National security adviser H.R. McMaster, May 16

“In other words, it’s appropriate for Trump to say anything he wants. If Trump says it, it’s by definition appropriate.”

Dana Milbank, “Trump can do whatever he wants. God help us.”

“I hope you can let this go.”
President Trump to then-FBI Director James B. Comey, according to a memo by Comey, May 16

“Today’s lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with the 11th Commandment: ‘Thou shalt retain documentation of all communications with the boss.’ ”

Charles Lane, “Trump may have broken one D.C. Commandment too many”

“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”
President Trump in a White House statement, May 17

“As the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Russia mess has Washington buzzing with nascent impeachment talk, 25th Amendment scenarios and rumors about resignation, it is worth remembering how tenaciously Trump pursued power, along with five key assets he has to maintain his grip on it.”

Ronald A. Klain, “Don’t underestimate Trump”

“[Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] brings such credibility that if and when he says ‘there is no “there” there,’ responsible media will accept it.”

Hugh Hewitt, “Republicans should be relieved Mueller will serve as special prosecutor”

“We’re very proud of this relationship that we are embarking on with the kingdom.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, May 20

“President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it.”

Fareed Zakaria, “How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump”

“When it comes to foreign affairs, [President Trump] is heedless of history, susceptible to blandishments and supremely gullible.”

Jackson Diehl, “China and Saudi Arabia have seduced Trump into being their sweetheart”

“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them ‘monsters,’ because they would like that term.”
President Trump, May 23

“More interesting is the fact that Trump has had more to say about the Manchester monster than Portland’s homegrown right-wing terrorism.”

Colbert I. King, “Trump called out the Manchester terrorists. What about the one in Portland?”

“I think what Trumponomics is and what this budget is a part of is an effort to get to sustained 3 percent economic growth in this country again.”
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, May 23

“President Trump’s budget demonstrates the costs of accepting lies as a normal currency in politics, broken promises as a customary way of doing business, false claims of being ‘populist’ as the equivalent of the real thing and sloppiness as what we should expect from government.”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “The Trump scandal that has nothing to do with Russia”

“I have been very, very direct with Secretary [Jens] Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations.”
President Trump, May 25

“Trump was the party guest whom no one really wants to deal with but has to — because he has more money than anyone else. The party guest who shows up and berates the hosts for not paying for their fair share of the defense spending cake.”

Karen Attiah, “Trump’s behavior at NATO is a national embarrassment”

“Any line of communication to a country like Russia is a good thing.”
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, May 28

“Such back channels can add stability and predictability in foreign relations. What’s not okay is when an incoming administration seeks to undermine the policies of the incumbent.”

David Ignatius, “‘Back channels’ are protocol for a president — but not for a president-elect”

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“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers.”
@realDonaldTrump, May 28

“Wrong. We don’t fabricate sources and these days we don’t have to look hard to find them. Right now they’re talking about Jared Kushner — and have nothing nice to say.”

Eugene Robinson, “Keeping Kushner would make Trump’s Russia nightmare permanent”

“President Trump and his followers are stepping up their attacks on the press. In both word and deed, they have set out to challenge the very assumption that a free press is a crucial and indispensable part of our democracy.”

Christian Caryl, “With Trump’s attack on the press, American democracy approaches a critical moment”

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
President Trump, June 1

“A curious thing happened on President Trump’s way out of the Paris climate accord. American mayors, governors, corporate leaders and others immediately committed to meeting the agreement’s terms anyway.”

Kathleen Parker, “Trump’s Paris decision was an accidental call to action”

“Trump’s actions were mostly symbolic and political. They were grandstanding, intended to impress his core supporters.”

Robert J. Samuelson, “Trump ignores the messy reality of global warming — and makes it all about him”

“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ ”
@realDonaldTrump, June 4

“This is vintage Trump — impulsive and cruel, without an ounce of class or human decency.”

Jennifer Rubin, “With his London tweets, Trump embarrasses himself — and America — once again”

“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.”
@realDonaldTrump, June 5

“Here is the deal: Sometimes Trump will help the cause, and sometimes he will hurt the cause. Everybody wishes things were different, but here we are.”

Ed Rogers, “Trump’s tweets are here to stay. The GOP must deal with it.”

“I don’t see political genius in the invective coming from Trump these days. I see an angry man lashing out at enemies real and imagined — a man dangerously overwhelmed.”

Eugene Robinson, “Trump is out of control”

Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI.”
@realDonaldTrump, June 7

“Never before has a nominee for FBI director borne such a high burden to show that he will put the FBI’s independent application of the law above all other considerations.”

Editorial Board, “Trump’s FBI pick deserves intense scrutiny. Here’s what he should be ready for.”

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for me to address that in a public session.”
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, June 7

“None of these witnesses invoked executive privilege or national security. They just didn’t want to answer.”

Jennifer Rubin, “Intelligence officials’ outrageous contempt of Congress”

“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”
President Trump to then-FBI Director James B. Comey, according to Comey’s written testimony, June 7

“Trump lives for loyalty but seems incapable of showing it.”

Michael Gerson, “The Trump-Comey contest is a titanic clash of worldviews”

“The suggestion that I participated in any collusion ... is an appalling and detestable lie.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, June 13

“There was a time when airing unproven allegations of coordinating with the Kremlin was seen as bad form. Now it is common practice in Washington.”

Marc A. Thiessen, “The Sessions hearing shows who’s really colluding with Russia”

“In short, nothing Sessions said undercut the argument that the president fired his chief nemesis in the Russia scandal, in the ultimate act of obstruction.”

Jennifer Rubin, “Jeff Sessions wilts on the hot seat”

“We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country.”
President Trump, June 14

“Mr. Trump struck exactly the right tone.”

Editorial Board, “The shooting at a GOP baseball practice was an assault on democracy”

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt”
@realDonaldTrump, June 16

“Richard Nixon didn’t have Twitter, but Donald Trump does.”

Paul Waldman, “Trump’s outburst of rage just sent the Russia scandal hurtling forward”

“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”
President Trump, June 16

“In our view, a little more impatience about democracy isn’t such a bad thing.”

Editorial Board, “Don’t get too worked up over Trump’s Cuba shift. It’s just a policy tweak.”

“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.”
President Trump, June 19

“For its part, the United States is more interested in negotiating an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program than helping its captive millions.”

Fred Hiatt, “Why I can’t stop thinking about Otto Warmbier”

“I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”
@realDonaldTrump, June 22

“Well, yes, there could have been tapes — just as there could have been a legitimate Trump University.”

Kathleen Parker, “How can you still doubt Trump’s intelligence?”

“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security.”
President Trump, June 26

“A grandmother who helped raise you is dying but you can’t go visit her? Pshaw, say the Trumpkins. You lived with your aunt and uncle when your parents were deployed overseas and now can’t go to their wedding anniversary party? Too bad!

Jennifer Rubin, “The GOP isn’t the party of family values”

“How come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
@realDonaldTrump, June 29

“The president’s unhealthy obsession with ‘Morning Joe’ does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs. ”

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, “Donald Trump is not well”

“Trump’s persistent attacks on women affirm what feminists have been saying all along: that sexism is still pervasive at all levels of American society.”

Alyssa Rosenberg, “Why I’m grateful every time President Trump insults a woman”

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post
“If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”
@realDonaldTrump, June 30

“Trump has now called for total repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with no guarantee of any specific replacement later, or even a guarantee that any replacement would ever materialize at all.”

Greg Sargent, “Don’t sugarcoat this. Trump just called for 32 million people to lose health coverage.”

“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”
@realDonaldTrump, July 1

“Its goal is nothing less than the supercharging of recent Republican efforts to disenfranchise Democratic voters and permanently tip the scales of elections in the GOP’s favor.”

Paul Waldman, “Why we should be very afraid of Trump’s vote suppression commission”

“If this sensitive data is to be collected and aggregated by the federal government, then the administration should honor its own recent cybersecurity executive order and ensure that the data is not stolen by hackers or insiders.”

Michael Chertoff, “Trump’s voter data request poses an unnoticed danger”

“#FraudNewsCNN #FNN”
@realDonaldTrump, July 2

“Trump has been hammering CNN for months and months, calling it ‘fake news’ and escalating his attacks after the network one week ago announced the resignations of three employees after a screwed-up story on a Trump ally. At the same time, CNN is the very network that has done the most to hire and pay commentators ... who’ll do anything to defend the president.”

Erik Wemple, “CNN’s Jeffrey Lord outdoes himself in defending Trump’s CNN-beating tweet”

“Unfortunately, when President Trump accuses the mainstream media of being ‘fake news,’ too often the journalists being targeted don’t ignore it or merely address it internally. Instead, they react with public outrage, their popping veins nearly bursting through their thin skins.”

Gary Abernathy, “The media’s martyr complex is embarrassing”

“President [Andrzej] Duda and I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior.”
President Trump, July 6

“What is wise policy? Even as Trump ratchets up the pressure, he should quietly urge China to take the lead in a diplomatic solution.”

David Ignatius, “Trump is right about China and North Korea”

“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?”
President Trump, July 6

“In front of this monument to unfulfilled expectations of distant allies, this memorial to the horrors of a Europe riven by brutal nationalist struggle, Trump offered his support to a Polish government that is both the most nationalist in Europe and now the most isolated in Europe.”

Anne Applebaum, “Trump affirms the Polish government’s assault on democracy”

“Trump’s words could have been delivered by almost any American president of either party in the past century.”

Marc A. Thiessen, “Trump’s defense of Western civilization is not alt-right”

“The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, July 7

“All new American presidents desire a fresh start, regarding both domestic policies and foreign diplomacy. ... But applying this impulse to Russian-American relations today serves Putin’s interests, not ours.”

Michael McFaul, “Why deciding to ‘move forward’ with Putin is a big mistake”

“We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children ... but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.”
Donald Trump Jr. statement to the New York Times, July 8

“After months of categorical denials, we now have an admission of attempted collusion, at least, involving three top-ranking figures in the Trump campaign.”

Eugene Robinson, “Donald Jr.’s meeting is a legal game-changer”

“No single event standing alone may prove the case. But when assembled together, those individual bricks may build a wall — a big, beautiful wall — that excludes any reasonable doubt about what happened.”

Randall D. Eliason, “The latest Russia revelations lay the groundwork for a conspiracy case”

“Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Donald Trump Jr. in a 2016 email, July 11

“The Russia scandal has entered a new phase, and there’s no going back.”

Charles Krauthammer, “Bungled collusion is still collusion”

“An incriminating email chain has made it impossible for the administration to deploy its always flimsy argument of last resort — that the whole story is just ‘fake news.’ ”

Editorial Board, “The Russia meddling story is no longer just smoke. It’s fire.”

“No one asked me for any kind of loyalty oath at any point during this process and I sure as heck didn’t offer one.”
Then-FBI director nominee Christopher A. Wray, July 12

“There is good reason to feel uneasy about having anyone appointed by Trump lead the FBI at this moment.”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “Get off the Trump train before it crashes”

“I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. … Politics isn’t the nicest business in the world, but it’s very standard.”
President Trump, July 13

“All children, except two, grow up: Peter Pan and Donald Trump Jr.”

Alexandra Petri, “A 39-year-old man is mysteriously still a ‘kid’ ”

“With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, July 17

“Mounting opposition to civil asset forfeiture — and the extremely unfair and unjust way it works in practice — has caused legislatures across the country to implement reforms. … And Sessions wants to undo all of that.”

Radley Balko, “Jeff Sessions supports states’ rights. Except when he doesn’t.”

“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
President Trump, July 18

“Has there ever been a more cynical abdication of presidential responsibility?”

Editorial Board, “Republicans, ignore Trump’s call to ‘let Obamacare fail.’ Do this instead.”

“A ‘watch it fail’ approach to Obamacare, when the crisis is real and the consequences for poor children are so enormous, is not just bad politics; it is also immoral.”

Hugh Hewitt, “Why Ryan and McConnell should go for a big deal with Democrats”

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“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself … which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president.”
President Trump to the New York Times, July 19

“It is vital that the good people who function as the anchors of the Trump administration stay in place and serve for as long as they can.”

Ed Rogers, “Jeff Sessions and others: Don’t quit!”

“Trump has done no evident reflection on the obligations to the public that accompany the massive public authority that has been entrusted to him.”

Greg Sargent, “Trump’s deeply worrisome New York Times interview reveals a lawless president”

“I think it is in the best interests of this administration and your presidency that I give these two individuals the opportunity to operate without me in the way so that they have a fresh start.”
Press secretary Sean Spicer, July 21

Above: A cartoonist’s take on Spicer’s departure from the White House

Ann Telnaes, “Spicer finally lets go”

“Scolding the media; lying and relying on bogus facts; stiffing legitimate questions: That inaugural moment in the briefing room said all that you needed to know about his tenure.”

Erik Wemple, “From his second day on the job, we knew Sean Spicer wouldn’t last”

“While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS”
@realDonaldTrump, July 22

“Can a president pardon himself? Four days before Richard Nixon resigned, his own Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel opined no, citing ‘the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case.’ ”

Laurence H. Tribe, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, “No, Trump can’t pardon himself. The Constitution tells us so.”

“If he really did pardon his aides, his family or himself to head off Robert Mueller’s inquiry, the move probably would be constitutional but ultimately self-defeating for the president.”

Jonathan Turley, “Yes, Trump can legally pardon himself or his family. No, he shouldn’t.”

“Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”
Senior adviser Jared Kushner, July 24

“That’s the trouble with Kushner’s defense in the Russia imbroglio. He’s essentially arguing that he isn’t corrupt — he’s just in over his head.”

Dana Milbank, “Jared Kushner’s only excuse: He has no idea what he’s doing”

“Hey, I get it. Financial assets — like meetings with Russian officials — can easily slip one’s mind.”

Catherine Rampell, “Jared Kushner ‘forgets’ to disclose his assets? Seize them.”

“You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp. And it’s not a good place. In fact today I said we ought to change it from the word swamp to the word cesspool or, perhaps, to the word sewer.”
President Trump, July 24

“Trump’s lesson for 30,000 young men was that the bullies are right and that humility and self-sacrifice are for suckers.”

Stephen Stromberg, “Trump insults everything the Boy Scouts stand for”

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
@realDonaldTrump, July 25

“Tweet to your heart’s content, but stop the wildly inappropriate attacks on the attorney general.”

Kenneth W. Starr, “Mr. President, please cut it out”

“The United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
@realDonaldTrump, July 26

“What Trump did was especially galling because transgender Americans now in the military have displayed more courage than their commander in chief, who never served.”

Jonathan Capehart, “Let me thank Trump for his tweets about transgender personnel”

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post
“I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f---ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, July 27

“We don’t have to accept Scaramucci’s definition of service to the country, nor Trump’s understanding of what it means to act presidential.”

Fred Hiatt, “The most appalling line in Scaramucci’s rant contained zero profanity”

“Trained eyes foresaw something this cataclysmic.”

Erik Wemple, “Scaramucci puts his convictions on the record, then backstabs the reporter who published them”

“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”
@realDonaldTrump, July 28

“It’s remarkable to consider that there was a time not too long ago when the Grand Old Party was known for being serious, sober, a little boring, but above all, responsible.”

Paul Waldman, “This is what you get when you elect Republicans”

“To the rescue ... rode two brave women and a war hero stricken with cancer.”

Jennifer Rubin, “Republicans’ dream of repealing Obamacare ends”

“Please don’t be too nice.”
President Trump, July 28

“Trump’s approach to crime is the same as his approach to just about everything else. He doesn’t have the patience or interest for nuance.”

Radley Balko, “Trump, policing and the teenage brain”

“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff.”
@realDonaldTrump, July 28

“Kelly, who has rendered extraordinary service and sacrifice to the nation, just signed up for what may truly be an impossible mission: bringing discipline, order and strategic focus to the chaos that is the Trump White House.”

John Podesta, “The best advice I could have given to John Kelly: Don’t do it!”

“Does President Trump think he needs to fire someone every week in order to maintain viewership?”

Alexandra Petri, “Priebus, sashay away”

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.”
Statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, July 31

“Getting rid of ‘The Mooch’ was a fantastic way to begin. But here’s the problem. The person flooding oxygen into the inferno Kelly is tasked with bringing under control is the man who hired him.”

Jonathan Capehart, “Scaramucci’s firing might be the high-point of John Kelly’s tenure as chief of staff”

“There’s nothing clean about the slate that Kelly inherits. It has been sullied and poisoned and spat upon by aide after aide.”

Erik Wemple, “With ousting of Scaramucci, White House seeks ‘clean slate.’ Too late for that.”

“The president weighed in just as any father would based on the limited information that he had.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, July 31

Above: A cartoonist’s take on the Donald Trump Jr. statement

Tom Toles, “Donald Trump Jr. is channeled in a Donald Trump senior moment”

“The paternal invocation seeks to harness — it hijacks — the primal ferocity of parental love in the service of political self-preservation.”

Ruth Marcus, “Parents should be repulsed by Trump’s playing of the father card”

The Justice Department is looking for lawyers to work on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
Justice Department internal announcement, Aug. 1

“The idea that discrimination against whites is such a significant problem that it demands Justice Department action is positively ludicrous.”

Paul Waldman, “The Trump administration takes up the cause of oppressed white people”

Evan Vucci/Associated Press
“Still, the bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate.”
President Trump in a White House statement, Aug. 2

“It’s heretical to say so, but he may be right. This legislation limits presidential flexibility at the very time it may be most needed to conduct delicate negotiations with these adversaries.”

David Ignatius, “On Russia sanctions, Trump has a point”

“Once again, we see Trump’s inability to recognize the danger posed to us by Russia and, worse, his own conduct in forcing Congress to act on its own initiative.”

Jennifer Rubin, “Trump will blame anyone for anything — except Russia for its conduct”

“This would be the most significant reform to the immigration system in half a century.”
President Trump, Aug. 2

“Drastic cuts to legal immigration levels would hurt economic growth and result in fewer jobs for Americans.”

Jeremy Robbins, “Trump says the proposed immigration bill will raise wages for Americans. It won’t.”

“If he were an immigrant, there’s a decent chance he’d get kicked out of the country.”

Catherine Rampell, “Based on the immigration system he endorsed, Trump would not get a green card”

“The Russia story is a total fabrication. It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics.”
President Trump, Aug. 3

“Reports that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has empaneled a grand jury in the ongoing investigation of the Trump campaign and potential Russian collusion are entirely unsurprising. This development isn’t a nothing-burger, but it doesn’t suggest anything we didn’t already know.”

Randall D. Eliason, “Why Mueller’s use of a grand jury confirms what we already knew”


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