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Carolyn Kaster / AP

Trump's interview with a pair of Politico reporters last Friday gives us a peek into the administration's unconventional style. From White House infighting to the president's "War Room" to his unorthodox decision-making style, it's clear that Trump has made waves in Washington.

Our thought bubble: Trump's record-low approval rating suggests people aren't happy with his presidential style, but his core base of supporters have remained loyal — 93% of Trump voters approve of the job he's done so far. Trump knows his unconventional approach worked on the campaign trail, so he's maintaining that unique style in the oval office. (See also: Trump's campaign rallies, even as president, which continue to bolster support from his base.)

Highlights from the Politico interview: On WH infighting: Trump called his senior aides in one by one — chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, and senior adviser Jared Kushner to prove "the team gets along really, really well." Steve Bannon's "war room," what he calls his office in the West Wing, is a scorekeeping hub: it features a whiteboard on which he has written more than 200 of Trump's campaign promises, tracking the president's fulfillments. Kushner refers to the presidency as "entrepreneurial" and in "beta mode," likening it to a business. The media influences his decision: "You don't walk in with a traditional presentation, like a binder or a PowerPoint. He doesn't care. He doesn't consume information that way," said one senior WH official. "You go in and tell him the pros and cons, and what the media coverage is going to be like."

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CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”