Donald Trump's week from hell

This is the week that we learned that there are a group of senior staffers within the White House and admin...

Posted: Sep 8, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2018 6:41 PM

This is the week that we learned that there are a group of senior staffers within the White House and administration who are actively working to circumvent President Donald Trump's wishes under the belief that to do what he wants at all times would endanger national security.

Stop. Go back. Read that first sentence again.

Donald Trump

Political Figures - US

Companies

Continents and regions

Eastern Europe

Europe

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Investigations

Jeff Sessions

New York Times Co

Politics

Robert Mueller

Russia

Russia meddling investigation

US federal government

White House

That's a remarkable thing. Even in an administration defined by its seeming unending capability to amaze and disrupt standard procedures of governance, the idea that there is an active effort among top aides to marginalize Trump stands out.

But it's where we are after a week in which the first look at Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" painted a picture of a President deeply out of his depth and out of the loop. And a week on which an anonymous Trump administration official penned a New York Times op-ed that detailed an effort "to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office."

Those accounts confirm reports from sources like Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former Trump White House aide, and Michael Wolff in his best-selling "Fire and Fury." While the anecdotes might differ, the thrust of all of this reporting on Trump is the same: He is an isolated figure who frequently lashes out at a staff that views him with some combination of fear, loathing and ridicule.

Trump, as he so often does, compounded an already-difficult situation with his reaction to it. He suggested that the writer of the anonymous op-ed may have committed "TREASON?" He called Woodward an "idiot" and his book a "work of fiction" less than a month after he is heard on a recording made by Woodward praising the reporter as "very fair." He asked much-maligned Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open an investigation into the identity of the op-ed writer, although the legal grounds to do so are, well, nonexistent.

What everyone -- Trump's allies and his adversaries -- agree on is that his isolation, his paranoia and the direness of his current situation all ramped up this week. Trump appears to be absolutely fixated on finding the identity of the op-ed writer, but uninterested in addressing the very real concerns the piece raises. He is leaning in to an all-out assault against Woodward while offering little actual evidence that anything the famed political reporter has in his book is factually inaccurate. And he continues to lash out at the special counsel probe being led by Robert Mueller even as his lawyers continue to negotiate the possibility of a sit-down between the President and the former FBI director.

On top of all of that is the fact that the midterm elections are only 60 days away -- and all signs point to major Democratic gains in the House. And if Democrats take over the House, Trump's life is going to get A LOT more complicated in the second half of his term.

Trump spent the last part of the week doing what he enjoys most about the job of President: Delivering campaign speeches to adoring crowds in Republican-friendly areas. (He was in Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota on Thursday and Friday.) But staying within that adoration bubble won't change what faces him when he returns to Washington at the end of this week. And that is nothing good.

The Point: It's hard to pinpoint a worst week in what has been a presidency full of them. But the events of this week have to put it in the bottom five.

-- Chris

And now, the week that was in 28 headlines:

Monday

Trump blasts Sessions over indictments of two of his earliest congressional supporters

NYT: DOJ's Bruce Ohr, dossier author Christopher Steele involved in efforts to flip Russian oligarch

Tuesday

Bob Woodward book: Trump called Sessions 'mentally retarded'

Trump amps up attacks on Woodward after explosive book excerpts

Mueller responds to Trump team; discussions focus more on written questions

Bob Woodward: Trump's lawyer warned him of an 'orange jump suit' if he testifies

Bob Woodward's bizarre phone call with Trump

Jury selection begins for second Paul Manafort trial

Bob Woodward: Trump's aides stole his papers 'to protect the country'

Trump irritated he wasn't interviewed by Woodward for upcoming book

Wednesday

Nielsen calls out Putin for election interference

Kavanaugh says 'No one is above the law' but won't say if Trump can pardon himself

Woodward book prompts West Wing witch hunt, sources say

Anonymous senior administration official admits to working against Trump in New York Times op-ed

Trump warns Assad against assault, denies wanting to assassinate him

Judge denies Manafort's request to move next trial from DC to Virginia

Trump slams damning New York Times op-ed as 'gutless'

Giuliani says Trump's lawyers have already sent back a response to special counsel 

Thursday

Latest Zinke calendars stripped of most details about his meetings

Trump's top officials deny authoring NYT op-ed

Kamala Harris grills Kavanaugh on Mueller investigation

Kavanaugh, Kasowitz law firm deny conversations on Mueller probe

Trump slams 'deep state operatives,' vulnerable Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in Montana

Trump tells supporters it'll be 'your fault' if he gets impeached

Friday

Trump frets over 'perjury trap' if he sits down with Mueller

Trump wants Sessions to investigate New York Times op-ed

Obama slams Republicans: Trump is 'capitalizing on resentment'

NY bike path suspect cites Trump tweets in asking to drop death penalty possibility

Read Friday's full edition of The Point newsletter, and sign up to get future editions delivered to your inbox.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 41571

Reported Deaths: 1537
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin13328790
Ramsey5169232
Dakota265596
Stearns249619
Anoka2393111
Nobles16846
Olmsted125920
Washington125541
Mower9822
Rice8798
Scott8584
Clay61238
Kandiyohi5901
Blue Earth5632
Wright5285
Carver4691
Todd4022
Sherburne3625
Lyon3332
Freeborn3120
Watonwan2670
Steele2451
Benton2363
St. Louis22316
Nicollet20312
Martin1755
Cottonwood1420
Winona14115
Goodhue1408
Le Sueur1251
Crow Wing11312
Pine1120
Otter Tail1111
Chisago1071
McLeod1000
Dodge960
Carlton900
Polk883
Unassigned8838
Isanti810
Chippewa801
Waseca770
Murray730
Itasca7112
Douglas700
Pipestone694
Morrison641
Becker620
Meeker621
Faribault610
Sibley582
Jackson570
Pennington530
Beltrami470
Brown442
Mille Lacs392
Wabasha380
Renville372
Fillmore350
Rock340
Swift331
Houston320
Yellow Medicine310
Grant250
Roseau250
Redwood230
Wilkin223
Koochiching211
Norman210
Cass192
Big Stone170
Kanabec171
Lincoln170
Wadena170
Aitkin150
Marshall130
Pope130
Clearwater120
Stevens110
Hubbard100
Mahnomen101
Lake60
Traverse60
Lac qui Parle50
Red Lake40
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 34564

Reported Deaths: 747
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk7332184
Woodbury332944
Black Hawk249259
Buena Vista173711
Johnson14268
Dallas138531
Linn138183
Marshall109219
Scott103110
Dubuque94023
Story8575
Pottawattamie82112
Wapello71431
Muscatine68745
Crawford6803
Sioux5010
Tama48329
Wright3971
Louisa36513
Webster3655
Plymouth3465
Jasper34417
Warren3191
Dickinson2993
Cerro Gordo2841
Washington2519
Hamilton2011
Boone1681
Clay1491
Clarke1433
Allamakee1384
Clinton1321
Shelby1200
Mahaska11917
Carroll1131
Poweshiek1128
Bremer1107
Pocahontas1071
Franklin1040
Des Moines1002
Cedar951
Emmet950
Henry933
Hardin900
Cherokee831
Floyd812
Taylor810
Marion800
Monona780
Benton751
Guthrie754
Jones710
Butler682
Osceola680
Sac680
Buchanan631
Calhoun632
Iowa631
Jefferson620
Hancock601
Harrison600
Humboldt601
Fayette570
Jackson570
Lyon570
Delaware561
Madison552
Lee542
Monroe527
Palo Alto510
Clayton503
Grundy470
Mills470
Winneshiek460
Mitchell440
Davis421
Kossuth410
Union380
Howard370
Lucas354
Unassigned350
Winnebago340
Greene300
Chickasaw290
Cass280
Ida230
Keokuk231
Worth220
Appanoose213
Page210
Van Buren210
Audubon181
Adair170
Ringgold161
Decatur130
Montgomery122
Wayne110
Fremont100
Adams80
Rochester
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 71°
Mason City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Albert Lea
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Austin
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 68°
Charles City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 70°
Chance for more storms Monday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Autumn Ridge Church sees online viewership grow

Image

Sean's Sunday Weather

Image

Dave Main 10p Wx

Image

Virtual campaigning during pandemic

Image

Former NIACC coach Travis Hergert back in big league camp with the Phillies

Image

New ICE guidelines causing concern for international students

Image

Dave Main 6p Weather 7/11

Image

Connecting with a loved one with dementia during the pandemic

Image

Bruins set to host all-star game

Image

COVID-19 Cases Expected to Spike in North Iowa

Community Events