President Trump's tweeting is often greeted with eye rolls, both in the West Wing and on the outside — a defining quirk that helped him in the campaign, and is now a habit he just won't give up.
What's changed: Today, though, we saw the huge price the White House is paying for this indulgence: His Supreme Court case on the travel restrictions could be harder to argue; any talk of "infrastructure week" is shoved aside; and hopes for a new focus on the agenda, after the Russia response is quarantined to a war room, looks like a pipe dream.
The strategy: Not even the most devoted aide would claim these early-morning tweets about the "TRAVEL BAN" resulted from a strategy:
The bottom line: While the effects of Trump's tweeting are messy, the cause is clear. With the cable channels running countdown clocks to Jim Comey's testimony on Thursday, the folks inside know this is all-out war for survival. It explains the tone, at least, of the tweetstorm.
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