In another administration, the week's news about talks with North Korea would have eclipsed all other stories. For the Trump White House, it had to share billing with the legal peril of the president's lawyer, the book tour of the former FBI director and the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller.
All week, Washington has waited for an angry president to lash out at someone — special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, or perhaps Syrian President Bashar Assad. In tweets and conversations with aides, Trump seemed set on attacking his foes.