White House war footing
"This is war." That's the West Wing mindset today on both Russia and climate change, with the White House escalating its scandal defenses, and digging deeper on climate change rather than hedging.
Why it matters: There's now no turning back on either issue, as President Trump doubles down with his own fixed but durable constituency.
The news tsunami continues as we head into weekend:
- Trumpworld considers executive privilege on Comey: "They are reviewing whether to invoke executive privilege to prevent Comey from testifying..." per Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs.
- EPA chief Scott Pruitt won't be apologetic on the U.S. handling of climate change, he said today.
- The question Sean Spicer/Pruitt kept dodging: Does President Trump acknowledge climate change?
- Other Paris quotables: Rex Tillerson ... Gary Cohn ... Vladimir Putin...
Click of the day
Axios' Becca Rotenberg and Lazaro Gamio put together a phone-friendly look at how newspapers across the world reacted to Trump deciding to exit the Paris climate pact. Pictures here.