Whereas You Have been Offline: Trump Went Into North Korea

To start with, a programming be aware: When you’re studying this in its typical time slot, it was compiled earlier than the July Fourth vacation, so—sadly—there’s not a group of tweets about President Trump’s reportedly expensive Independence Day celebration. Apologies for that. Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless loads to make amends for. Final week was one which uncovered a secret Fb group the place immigration officers joke about migrant deaths, at the same time as increasingly individuals die in US custody and situations at border amenities change into worse than believed. It was additionally the week the place the Trump administration let go of its quest to have a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, and everybody continued to fall in love with the US women’s soccer team. As to what else individuals have been speaking about, there’s additionally all of this.

One Small Step for Man

What Occurred: President Trump accomplished a real first by not solely visiting the DMZ on the North Korean border, however moving into North Korea itself.

What Actually Occurred: The week began with an sudden second of political historical past on the world stage, as President Trump—in Japan for conferences—made an extraordinary invitation via Twitter.

On Sunday morning, information began to flow into that the assembly may really occur.

Historical past was already being made just by Trump’s presence on the border, however then there was this beautiful flip of occasions.

Was all of it a publicity stunt? Was it a second of diplomatic historical past? It stays unclear, however both means, it was certainly a very big story that had everyone talking. However the query was left hanging: What really occurred right here..? As a result of the primary takes have been notably grim.

Properly, it isn’t as if the president has legitimized the North Korean management, undoing many years of worldwide coverage or something… (I imply, OK, he did invite Kim Jong-un to the US.)

So what really lay behind this historic second? Did the president merely desire a win in his column, and thought this was a option to get one? Was he lured in by the promise of a photo-ready historic second? Or, maybe, he merely noticed a option to declare bragging rights that, because it turned out, weren’t really a thing.

The confusion surrounding this second actually feels as if of us received an odd perception into how the diplomacy sausage is made, in a way.

The Takeaway: Nonetheless, no less than negotiations are going nicely.

The New White Home Press Secretary Has Arrived

What Occurred: This previous week Stephanie Grisham stepped into her new place because the White Home press secretary. In response to some stories, she got here out swinging, and never within the path that many would have anticipated.

What Actually Occurred: For all of the dialog concerning the photograph op potential of the Trump/Kim Jong-un assembly and go to to North Korea, it ought to be famous that the worldwide journey was the primary outing for brand new White Home press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Her debut didn’t go unnoticed, for a completely unlikely cause.

What press secretary for the President of america hasn’t had their first large second described as an “all out brawl,” am I proper? It is the normal hazing for everybody within the job! As Grisham herself started to become the story, particulars continued to trickle in through Twitter.

It’s laborious to not think about how awkward this will need to have been for Grisham, who had by some means managed to overshadow her new boss on what was basically her first day on the job (technically, her third, I imagine), regardless of him really doing one thing of serious historic significance. Whereas individuals could by no means understand how she felt about all of this, they do understand how the press felt, as a result of they talked about it.

Certainly, she earned op-eds full of praise for her actions, as if she was by some means an avatar of a brand new age the place the Trump administration wasn’t going to assault the press itself at any potential provocation. It was, surreally, the perfect introduction for Grisham in her new place—even for individuals who’d somewhat the White Home press secretary tame the information media, somewhat than defend them.

As ought to solely be anticipated, the video of the occasion did not reside as much as everybody’s expectations, resulting in the start of Grisham Brawl Truthers.

The Takeaway: For anybody questioning how the president took the entire affair, the truth that it was virtually instantly used as fodder by the official re-election marketing campaign Twitter account may let you know all the pieces it is advisable to know.

The Origins of Homelessness, In response to Trump

What Occurred: President Trump shared some somewhat attention-grabbing concepts concerning the origins of America’s homeless inhabitants.

What Actually Occurred: Final week, President Trump sat down for an interview with Fox Information’ Tucker Carlson throughout which the host in contrast the “clear” streets of Japanese cities with the “filth” found in American cities. Throughout that change, Trump shared some somewhat shocking views on how lengthy homelessness has been a difficulty in America.

Sure, he acknowledged that it began two years in the past. The president’s feedback didn’t go unnoticed, to say the least.

Certainly, Trump’s tackle homelessness quickly grew to become a story in its own right, and not in a good way.

The truth of the scenario is totally at odds with how the president described it, and CNN’s fact-checker found no evidence to again up Trump’s claims.

The Takeaway: The truth of the scenario is totally at odds with how the president described it, and CNN’s fact-checker found no evidence to again up Trump’s claims.

The place’s Mike?

What Occurred: It should not be shocking that Vice President Mike Pence is within the White Home, except, after all, he was purported to be some other place totally.

What Actually Occurred: As if issues weren’t surreal sufficient, final week Mike Pence sort of … disappeared. On Tuesday, there was a really odd, very public case of confusion concerning the veep’s whereabouts—or, to be extra particular, the explanation why he wasn’t the place he was purported to be.

It began with what gave the impression to be a comparatively simple emergency, if that does not sound like a contradiction in phrases.

OK, so, to this point so … nerve-wracking. However issues received bizarre quickly after, when Pence’s press secretary determined to disclaim all the pieces.

And I imply, deny all the pieces.

Wait. So the flight did not flip round in mid-flight? That was definitely the earlier version of events. Certainly, in a single telling, Pence’s airplane was escorted by Air Force One on its return journey. Now the official line is that it by no means really took off within the first place?

So, what really occurred? Regardless of one of the best makes an attempt of Pence’s employees, it is one thing the place the mystery soon became the story. Properly, we are saying “finest makes an attempt,” however the explanations given have been extra like working via the method of elimination for all events.

Apparently, the general public discover all the pieces ou t… finally.

Who does not like it when politics comes with built-in cliffhangers?

The Takeaway: What are the percentages that this seems to be considerably much less terrifying than it presently feels?

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