Insane in the Nuclear Membrane

“The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a moron.” NBC News reports that Trump wanted a tenfold increase in the nuclear arsenal. (Remember when our biggest nuclear concern was that W couldn’t pronounce the word?)

+ Trump called the story … wait for it … fake news. And as Daniel Dale explains, “the president, sounding tyrant-adjacent, floats the idea of pulling news outlets off the air for critical stories about him.” Trump later complained that it’s “frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.”

+ Related: Wall Street Journal reporter sentenced to prison by Turkish court.

+ The Atlantic: Are Trump’s feuds with Tillerson and Corker a prelude to war.

+ Question: Who said this: “Once you come into the Oval Office, and you understand the tremendous decisions that you have to make and the magnitude of those and the effect that it’s going to have on the world. I think that there’s a tremendous soberness and typically when you go in, you can end with lots of very highly qualified people around you.” Answer: Bob Corker. McKay Coppins on how Republicans got Trump catastrophically wrong.

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