From bad economic news to the ongoing government shutdown to bombshell reports that he directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, it has been a week to forget for the president.
The president keeps revising his explanation of hush-money payments made to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with him.
Since before he was elected president, Donald Trump has operated in the belief that he can control his narrative through sheer force of will — and words. But this week, Trump’s relentless stream of messages seems to have come back to haunt him.
The release of "Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House" and the secret recordings made by its author, Omarosa Manigault Newman, get under the president's skin.
Amid a debate over what motivated the alleged gunman to carry out this week's deadly mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper, President Trump took a break from his usual anti-media rhetoric to condemn the killings.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”