A new year brings an increasingly isolated President Trump

WASHINGTON — Add up all of this week’s White House news and activities (or lack thereof), and you see an increasingly isolated President Trump. Maybe that explains the president’s tweetstorm from Tuesday…

For starters, the president hasn’t held a single public event since returning to the White House after the Christmas/New Year’s break. On Tuesday, he had a closed-press lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.

On Wednesday, it was another lunch with Pence, Defense Secretary Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson. On Thursday, it was meeting with GOP senators on immigration (where he did make remarks to the press pool) and other members about upcoming legislative priorities. And today, he departs to Camp David to participate in a retreat with GOP leaders to discuss the midterms.

That — as well as a recording he taped for at Thursday’s White House press briefing — was pretty much it for Trump’s activities this week.

In addition to the president’s relatively empty public schedule, he officially broke ties with Steve Bannon over the Michael Wolff book. Despite Bannon’s flaws, he provided Trump and his team a north star in putting campaign promises into policy.

What’s more, the New York Times recounts how Trump blew up at his first major endorser — Jeff Sessions, his attorney general — and how former White House aides are cooperating with the Mueller investigation. “The special counsel has received handwritten notes from Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, showing that Mr. Trump talked to Mr. Priebus about how he had called Mr. Comey to urge him to say publicly that he was not under investigation.”

 

 

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