Trump and Sessions in August. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The AP dives deep into a two week stretch from July that saw John Kelly take the reins as chief of staff, the FBI raid Paul Manafort's home and Anthony Scaramucci arrive, and then almost immediately depart, as communications director.

The report flashes back to Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions at that time, and includes this bit of news: "Recently, Trump bemoaned the Republicans' loss in a special election in Alabama and in part blamed Sessions, whose departure from the Senate to head to Justice necessitated the election." It was Trump, of course, who nominated Sessions in the first place.

July 19

  • Trump attacks Jeff Sessions in an interview with the New York Times and later on Twitter.
July 20
  • Contentious national security meeting, in which Trump questions why the U.S. needs "so many people" in foreign posts, and after which Rex Tillerson reportedly calls him a "moron."
July 21
  • Anthony Scaramucci named communications director.
  • Sean Spicer announces resignation as press secretary.
July 26
  • FBI raids Paul Manafort's home.
  • In a vulgar call with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci savages his fellow senior White House officials.
July 28
  • John McCain tanks "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act with an unexpected "no" vote.
  • Departure of Reince Priebus is announced, Trump taps John Kelly to replace him as chief of staff.
July 31
  • Scaramucci ousted after 11 days.

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President Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday morning that Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court following her death Friday.

What he's saying: "We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," the president said, tagging the Republican Party. "We have this obligation, without delay!"

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