His promise to repeal and replace Obamacare has crashed and burned. Tax reform hasn’t gotten far. The White House is in disarray, and big plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure have hit a brick wall.
But there is one unimpeachable triumph President Trump can point to: He’s made “great again” great again.
The "Make America Great Again" 2016 campaign slogan — limned in block letters and emblazoned on countless cherry-red ball caps — has been reimagined, repurposed and cheekily appropriated for countless pitches and commercial products.
The road to elected office can be long and winding and is not always paved with the best of intentions.
Some politicians — think of the Kennedys or the Bush family — are born to the trade. Others are borne by tragedy.
Former Santa Barbara Rep. Lois Capps succeeded her husband when he died of a heart attack. Former New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy was spurred to run when her husband was killed and her son gravely wounded in a mass shooting on the Long Island Rail Road.
Senate Republicans introduced their last-ditch effort to advance the GOP's Obamacare repeal campaign late Thursday, a "skinny" bill they don't want to become law but hope to use as a vehicle for further negotiations with the House.
The eight-page Health Care Freedom Act keeps much of the Affordable Care Act in place.
But it changes several features, including eliminating the requirement that Americans have health insurance.
After weeks of legal battles and bipartisan pushback from top election officials nationwide, President Trump’s voter fraud commission has renewed a message for the states: It’s safe to pass along your data about voters.
“Individuals’ voter registration records will be kept confidential and secure throughout the duration of the commission’s existence,” Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the commission, wrote in a letter sent late Wednesday to all 50 secretaries of state.
Even so, by Thursday, much of the criticism that greeted an earlier request from the commission was repeated by election officials and activists,who have expressed concerns about privacy and have called the panel both a sham created by an insecure president and a tool to suppress votes.
When President Trump said this week his administration is going after "bloodthirsty" criminal gangs like the notoriously violent MS-13, he added a menacing flourish: "Our guys are rougher than their guys."
The comment raised concerns that Trump was instructing immigration agents to use excessive force when going after suspected gang members.
President Trump won't apologize for a surprisingly political speech this week to Boy Scouts that provoked a backlash for his attacks on his predecessor, his election rival, dissident Republicans and the news media.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered that word on Thursday, just after a top executive of the Boy Scouts of America issued an apology on behalf of the organization for allowing the "political rhetoric" to occur during Trump's address Monday evening at the National Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia.
Michael Surbaugh, the organization's chief executive, in a statement extended his "sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree."
President Trump’s scathing criticisms have been “kind of hurtful,” Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said Thursday, even as he again signaled that he wants to stay on the job.
“He wants all of us to do our job, and that’s what I intend to do,” Sessions said in an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News.
Separately, Sessions told the Associated Press that "it hasn’t been my best week … for my relationship with the president.” He made the comment in El Salvador, during a visit to highlight joint efforts to take on the MS-13 gang.
President Trump and his aides love to complain about leaks from within the White House. But on Thursday, the infighting was out in the open.
The incoming communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, in a morning phone call broadcast on CNN, compared the West Wing to a fish that “stinks from the head down,” implying that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is responsible for at least some of the leaks.
Later, Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to come to Priebus's defense and say whether Trump has full confidence in his chief of staff.
Senate Democrats on Thursday criticized the financial industry backgrounds of President Trump’s nominees for two key banking regulatory positions, arguing they would not protect the interests of average Americans.
Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others sharply questioned Joseph Otting, the former chief executive of Pasadena’s OneWest Bank, and investment fund manager Randal Quarles during a confirmation hearing by the Senate Banking Committee.
Trump nominated Otting to be the comptroller of the currency, a powerful regulator of national banks. Quarles has been tapped to be the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman for supervision, who is in charge of the Fed’s oversight of the nation’s largest bank holding companies and other regulatory efforts.