Stories by Jonathan Swan

Trump's presidential reality show

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In private conversations with President Trump before his first Omarosa eruption, advisers counseled him to hold his tongue.

What we're hearing: Several told him to ignore her and that engaging would only boost her book sales. Trump said privately that First Lady Melania Trump had advised him to stay above it. But they knew he wouldn't be able to resist.

The White House and Trump campaign's Space Force battle

President Trump signing an executive order to establish the Space Force in June. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Space Force has caused its first collateral damage, exacerbating tensions between the White House and Trump’s re-election campaign.

What happened: Multiple sources tell me White House officials were surprised when, shortly after the vice president gave a sober speech announcing Trump administration plans to develop a Space Force, the campaign blasted out an email fundraising off the idea.

The White House's next Iran fight

Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran back in May. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

On a White House conference call with Iran experts last week, a senior administration official said the Trump administration will reimpose sanctions on financial messaging services later this year. That might sound boring. But the administration official was referring to what could soon become another major fight between the Trump administration and Europe.

Why this matters: In the context of Iran sanctions, "financial messaging services" refers to SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) — a linchpin of the global financial system that facilitates payments across borders and connects more than 11,000 banks around the world.