What Donald Trump did on his summer holiday
2017-Aug-28 | By News Admin

This week across America, millions of children will be getting ready to go back to school and returning home that evening with their first work assignment - an essay with the title: "What I did on my summer holidays."
Now imagine for a second you're Donald Trump, and you've just been given that piece of homework. I think the first thing you're going to do is ask for a few extra sheets of paper because, what a summer.
From distant, foggy memory, I also seem to remember that the one other instruction you got from the teacher was to make it descriptive, and not too much of a list.
Well, sorry about that, Miss. This is what Donald and his pals in the White House got up to:

  1. Hires a new communications director called Anthony Scaramucci
  2. Press secretary Sean Spicer quits in protest. Says he's happy but is fulminating
  3. The Mooch (aka Scaramucci) gives obscene interview to New Yorker magazine
  4. Trump fires his chief of staff, the hapless Reince Priebus (abandoned at Andrews air force base)
  5. Hires a new one, Gen Kelly, who was the head of homeland security
  6. On Kelly's first day, the president fires the new communications director - Scaramucci has lasted just 10 days - less time than it takes for a pint of milk to go off
  7. He hires a new comms director, his fourth in seven months
  8. He publicly shames his attorney-general, numerous times, but Jeff Sessions clings on
  9. Loses a healthcare bill
  10. Publicly lashes the three Republicans who voted against it, several times
  11. Bans transgender people from the military, via Twitter, without telling the military
  12. Military chiefs say: "Forget it, we don't take orders from tweets; there's a chain of command"
  13. Makes political speech to Scouts aged between 11-18
  14. Claims Scouts leader rang to congratulate him on greatest speech ever made
  15. Scouts leader says there was no such call, and issues statement apologising to Scouts for president's misjudged address
  16. Says the president of Mexico rang to congratulate him on his border policies
  17. Mexican president says no such call ever took place
  18. White House denies the president is a liar, but can't explain the president's claims
  19. Takes days to sign bipartisan sanctions bill and then criticises Congress for making him sign it
  20. Thanks Vladimir Putin for expelling hundreds of American diplomats
  21. Condemns leaks but then says he likes the leaks because it shows people love him
  22. Encourages police officers to be rough with suspects during arrests
  23. Police chiefs condemn statement. White House clarifies that it was a joke
  24. Publicly shames the Republican Senate leader, whom he needs to get anything done, several times
  25. Seems to respond to North Korea by threatening nuclear war
  26. Tells Guam, which has a big US military base which North Korea's leader threatened to attack, that the publicity will help tourism
  27. Chief strategist Steve Bannon contradicts president. Says: "There's no military option in NK"
  28. Threatens Venezuela with a military option
  29. After a neo-Nazi rally in which a woman was killed, the president blames both sides
  30. After backlash, cleans it up. Denounces white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan
  31. Cross at having been forced to do this, erases all of it and reverts to blaming both sides, saying there were "fine people there"
  32. Military high command issue statement condemning all forms of discrimination in thinly veiled attack on commander-in-chief
  33. Promotes his Virginia vineyard when asked if he will - as president - visit Charlottesville
  34. And gets condemnations from Democrats, Republicans, former presidents, world leaders, allies, his own staff, and the Pope.
  35. Publicly shames company bosses who abandon him. There's a mass walkout by execs leading to disbanding of key White House business bodies
  36. Fires Steve Bannon, his chief strategist and architect of Trump victory
  37. Does U-turn on Afghanistan and commits more troops, having repeatedly said he'd pull US forces out
  38. Threatens to close government down if he doesn't get funding for border wall with Mexico
  39. Appeals for unity of American people
  40. Next day lambasts his enemies and critics in highly partisan speech
  41. Day after that appeals for unity again
  42. Pardons ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted for defying court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants

And this is the quiet season. This is the still, millpond of August when nothing happens; when days are long and news bulletins are slim, when surfing dogs and the battle of the bake-offs should dominate the news cycle.
Barack Obama's former chief of staff, and now the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, tweeted at one point that he was going to nominate the White House for a Tony award for most drama. Not best drama. Just most.

Sources : BBC News