President Donald Trump is coming off his “worst week” in the White House — that is, if you’re not counting at least the nine other weeks since his January inauguration when the media has also declared the Republican to have hit rock bottom.
The “worst week” cliché has its reasons: this time it’s Trump’s controversial response to violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. But for the reporters and political analysts who make their living covering Trump, there’s always something (or many things) to merit such a categorical description for such a chaotic president.
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It’s a subjective measurement by any definition. Nonetheless, here’s a POLITICO review of the 10 weeks (out of 30 so far) where journalists have dubbed Trump as having his “worst week” in office.
1. August 14-20
What happened: Trump started the week condemning the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists for the fatal violence in Charlottesville but then reversed course and doubled down on his earlier argument that “many sides” were to blame for the weekend’s events spinning out of control. Republicans and Democrats alike criticized him, as did corporate leaders who forced the White House to shutter several of its business advisory panels. White House senior adviser Steve Bannon was fired.
Who called it: NBC reporters including “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd wrote that the president is “more isolated than ever after worst week yet” — and that was hours before the news broke that Bannon was ousted. FOX News’ Brett Baier…
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