Trump After Dark: Fitness Test edition

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Everyone — President Donald Trump included — seems to be talking about the president’s mental fitness.

On a day when an Oprah Winfrey boomlet grabbed headlines, Trump’s continued assertions about his mental fitness spurred by a new book continued to dominate the news. Coverage of author Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” continued today, with an emphasis on its look at Trump’s fitness for office.

But President Trump’s annual physical, scheduled for this week, is unlikely to shed any light on the topic. Trekking to Walter Reed Medical Center for his physical continues a presidential tradition,POLITICO’s Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn report. But the White House says that a test of Trump’s mental fitness won’t be be a part of the exam.

“The White House is neither required to perform a regular physical exam of the president, nor required to release all of the details unless the president consents. The exam also may not include Medicare's standard battery of wellness tests, which are designed for Americans age 66 and older, and check for risks like depression and other neurological problems.”

Elsewhere in President Trump’s orbit:


MIXED HARVEST: Speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation today, President Trump expressed support for American farmers but dodged a topic they are very interested in — whether he will pull out of NAFTA.

POLICY SHIFT: The Trump administration is revoking protected status for some 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the U.S. since 2001. The move is set to take effect in Sept. 2019. (Washington Post)

G, MAN:: Negotiations are underway between President Trump’s legal team and special counsel Robert Mueller after the former FBI director indicated that he wants to interview Trump in his probe of Russian election interference. (NBC News)

PUZDER PART II: The White House is said to be considering one-time Commerce Department nominee Andy Puzder — whose nomination was sidelined amid domestic violence allegations — for another role.

A BANNON STEVE: A White House spokesman says he doesn’t believe there’s “any way back” for Steve Bannon even after he expressed regrets for his comments for author Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury.”

NEAR MCFAR?: The White House renominated K.T. McFarland to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Singapore — she was initially nominated in May but saw her nomination stall after concerns about Trump campaign interactions with Russia.

OOPS: Federal energy regulators rejected a proposal by Energy Sec. Rick Perry that would have propped up the coal industry and boosted nuclear power plants, a major defeat.

There you have it. You’re caught up on the Trump administration. That was Monday.


 

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