WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
President Trump … yes, the president … tweeted Thursday attacking “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, which earned him criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike and ultimately distracted from his own message and agenda.
Scarborough and Brzezinski responded on “Morning Joe”: “We’re OK. The country is not,” Scarborough said. “He attacks women because he fears women.” Brzezinski said, “It’s been fascinating and frightening and really sad for our country.” The two also co-penned a Washington Post op-ed, in which they deny Trumps’s claim that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly” and that the president had rejected their requests to join him at Mar-a-Lago.
Kellyanne Conway on “Good Morning America” said she won’t endorse Trump’s attacks but endorses “the president’s right to fight back when he is being mercilessly attacked and when the air waves are filled with raw sewage about him and his fitness for office.” Conway also seemed to catch herself, “George, that the toxicity both way — coming to the president is terrible.”
The Trump travel ban gets its first court challenge from Hawaii, which is questioning the administration’s definition of what it means to be in a close familial relationship.
Another deadline broken: Republicans are hung up on health care as Congress leaves Washington today for a week, but expect lawmakers to face their constituents in town halls.
THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein
With vile insults that fit inside 140 characters, Donald Trump is shrinking his own presidency. And for what exactly? What infuriates his friends and allies alike is that his outbursts are both uncontrollable and inexplicable. Yes, he faces harsh criticism, but that comes with the job. What the job does not entail – what it has not entailed through 44 presidencies – are personal, nasty, public attacks on fellow citizens. Forget what it means to be “presidential” – the outrage this time is that he’s missing…
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