“This deal will make me look terrible.” WaPo has published leaked transcripts of two of President Trump’s early phone calls with world leaders. They present a now-familiar pattern of self-interested, uninformed, and reckless lying. Here are the full, annotated transcripts.

+ Those conversations were in the past. The current week has been another truth-challenged one (Boy Scout call, call from Mexico, dictating the Don Jr statement, Apple’s new factories, FoxConn’s $30 billion investment, etc, etc) for the president, including his latest tweet on the US relationship with Russia: “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!”

+ For those who need a reminder of who you can thank for the state of the US/Russian relationship, here’s John McCain’s response: “Our relationship w/ Russia is at dangerous low. You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies.”

+ Of course, Congress pushed the highly unusual Russia sanctions law to corner Trump and prevent him from undoing the sanctions and negotiating directly with Putin. Now they’re moving to use a similar tactic to keep Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

+ Speaking of Mueller, he just reportedly impaneled a Washington grand jury in the Russia probe.

+ If the tweets don’t worry you, maybe this will. Trump repeatedly pushed for the US general running things in Afghanistan to be replaced (they’ve never met) and used a story about the restructuring of a NYC restaurant as an example of why.

+ And finally, David Frum on the massive downside of these call transcript leaks (they’re both urgently needed and wildly detrimental): “But if no high national-security secret has been betrayed in these transcripts, the workings of the U.S. government have been gravely compromised, and in ways that will be very difficult to repair even after Trump leaves office.”