Susan Rice

A week of throwing campaign promises overboard as Trump veers toward the establishment he scorned

Reality seemed to set in for President Trump this week, and he responded by jettisoning one campaign pledge after another.

By week’s end, his administration seemed to be taking on an increasingly establishment-oriented hue — pleasing to some, deeply alarming to others.

Good afternoon, I'm David Lauter, Washington bureau chief. Welcome to the Friday edition of our Essential Politics newsletter, in which we look at the events of the week in Washington and elsewhere in national politics and highlight some particularly insightful stories.