Some of the people who elected candidate Donald Trump are struggling with President Donald Trump.
A week of consequential decisions — both in terms of his tone and his actions — has shaken some of Trump’s core supporters, POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt and Madeline Conway report. Among their issues are Trump’s shift away from economic populism, toward more centrist rhetoric; his forays into more globalist foreign policy; and a growing sense that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and his worldview, are being marginalized.
“As Trump struggles to keep his campaign promises and flirts with political moderation, his most steadfast supporters — from veteran advisers to anti-immigration activists to the volunteers who dropped their jobs to help elect him — are increasingly dismayed by the direction of his presidency.”
The day’s biggest (perhaps literally) story will certainly rile some Trump supporters who viewed his rhetoric as a sign that the U.S. would be curbing its global footprint.
U.S. officials said the military had dropped a “21,000-pound, GPS-guided bomb, also known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast” on an ISIS target in Afghanistan. The bomb, which has been nicknamed the "mother of all bombs” … was last tested on March 11, 2003, when it caused a mushroom cloud that could be seen from 20 miles away.”
For his part, Trump said he wasn’t sure if the bomb sent a message to another recent target of White House foreign policy attention: North Korea.
Elsewhere in Donald Trump’s orbit:
GOT SOME WIKLASH: After President Trump embraced WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, his CIA director said today that the organization is hostile to the United States.
NEXT PAGE: Highly scrutinized former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page says he can’t remember whether he discussed lifting U.S. sanctions with Russian officials.
PARENTHOOD SWIPE: President Trump signed a law that will allow states to defund Planned Parenthood. (The New York Times)
BOMBING MISTAKE: The military says it accidentally bombed an allied target in Syria, killing 18. (Washington Post)
VIRGINIA GETS TRUMPED: President Trump has roiled the race to be Virginia’s next governor.
SWEET ON THE C-SUITE: President Trump has leaned on CEO’s heavily since he’s taken office.
PROF SCOFFS: A so-called prediction professor, who caught flak for anticipating a Trump presidency before many others, now foresees President Trump’s impeachment.
ZAPPING CONWAY: CIA Director Mike Pompeo seemed to swipe at Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway when he said that the CIA didn’t use microwaves to spy on people.
ART IMITATING LIFE: As "Veep" premieres this weekend, The Washington Post looks at the satirical show’s challenges in the Trump era.
And there you have it, you’re caught up on the Trump administration. TGIT.