Donald Trump finally has a victory to talk about.
With Trump’s presidency lurching toward the 100 day mark, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in to the Supreme Court today. In doing so, Gorsuch represented something tangible Trump could point to in his early presidency — one that so far has been beset by a faltering health care plan and a controversial travel ban, among other things.
Trump and his aides seemed to savor the moment:
“White House aides and conservatives gathered in the Rose Garden on a sunny spring day to soak in what easily represents the biggest and most far-reaching success of the early Trump presidency,” POLITICO’s Madeline Conway reports.
As Trump put it, “I’ve always heard that the most important thing that a president of the United States does is appoint people, hopefully great people like this appointment, to the United States Supreme Court.”
Gorsuch’s ascent to the High Court comes at an important time, with an unofficial milemarker for Trump’s presidency fast approaching. West Wing aides are duly worried about coverage of Trump’s first 100 days. Staffers have convened for brainstorming and planning sessions with an urgent feeling that Trump must change his trajectory, POLITICO’s Shane Goldmacher reports.
“The symbolic 100-day mark by which modern presidents are judged menaces for an image-obsessed chief executive whose opening sprint has been marred by legislative stumbles, legal setbacks, senior staff kneecapping one another, the resignation of his national security adviser and near-daily headlines and headaches about links to Russia.”
Elsewhere in Donald Trump’s orbit:
STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS: President Trump’s hopes for a big infrastructure bill could end up falling apart, largely on the same partisan and ideological lines as his health care repeal bill did.
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: President Trump has assuaged some concerns by focusing his foreign policy with a number of aides who come from the mainstream.
STILL ON THE CIRCUIT: Merrick Garland may not have been appointed to the Supreme Court. But his perch on an important appellate court means he could still have a huge say in President Trump’s push for deregulation.
NEW KOCH: Trump seems to be making nice with the Koch brothers and their network of GOP mega-donors.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: White House press secretary Sean Spicer says reports of a staff infighting are overblown.
BOT OR NOT?: As many as 25 percent of Donald Trump’s followers are so-called “eggs” on Twitter. (Business Insider)
FOGGY AT FOGGY BOTTOM: State Department workers are nervous and uncertain amid preparations for a large-scale reorganization.
NO MODEL: Leaked memos indicate that the Trump Organization’s modeling agency is closing down. (Mother Jones)
And there you have it, you’re caught up on the Trump administration. Happy Monday and happy Passover. Our thoughts in San Bernardino this evening.