Nerdcast: What ‘loyalty’ means to Trump

It’s time for Episode 65 of the Nerdcast, POLITICO’s podcast on the White House and politics. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep into the political landscape and the latest numbers that matter.

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Datapoint: 1. That is the number of United States senators who endorsed Donald Trump for president during the Republican primaries in 2016. That was Jeff Sessions, now attorney general. But in addition to saying he is disappointed over Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation, Trump released a string of mean tweets over the past week bullying his attorney general.

Datapoint: 10,790. That’s the upper estimate in a 2016 RAND Corp. study of how many transgender personnel are serving in the military. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” reversing an Obama administration policy on social media.


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