Friday July 28, 2017
Health care vote, transgender military ban and Mooch: Week 27 in the Trump White House
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Then, on Wednesday, the President surprised voters and Department of Defense officials alike by announcing a ban on transgender military personnel on Twitter.
Senator John McCain—recently diagnosed with a brain tumour—returned to the Senate floor to cast his vote on the healthcare bill. Thursday night, that bill failed and it seems the Republican mission to repeal Obamacare has stalled indefinitely.
Meanwhile, discord among senior White House officials is growing. Attorney general Jeff Sessions' career is up in the air and newly minted communications director Anthony Scaramucci is threatening to fire any staff that leaks information to the press.
We turned to Quartz White House Correspondent, Heather Timmons, who shared the following insights on the noteworthy events of the week.
Healthcare repeal effort flatlines
It feels a little bit like the very last scene in that Clint Eastwood movie, The Good the Bad and the Ugly - Heather Timmons, Quartz White House Correspondent
Scrappy communications director Anthony Scaramucci
You never want to get more attention than the President does - Heather Timmons, Quartz White House Correspondent
Transgender military ban born on Twitter
It was a surprise for the military chiefs...and a lot of other people - Heather Timmons, Quartz White House Correspondent
Boy Scouts badge for stirring controversy
"Anybody who is going to have Trump speak at anything that isn't a political rally will think twice about it."
"That's an unprecented situation" - Heather Timmons, Quartz White House Correspondent
"That's an unprecedented situation we're in where if you're an American institution or corporation or organization you have to ask yourself: do I really want the President to speak in front of my crowd? Does he represent the values that we represent?"
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