Bridge Brief — Week Of July 17, 2017

The Trump Administration has quickly run out of (it’s already dubious) excuses for explaining away Donald Trump Jr. Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner’s attempt to collude with Russian officials. And the White House’s latest effort — trying (and failing) to scapegoat the Secret Service — demonstrates just how desperate they have gotten.

As Donald Trump’s approval hits “the lowest of any president in the past 70 years,” there’s no question he desperately needs a win. But rather than show constructive leadership or try to govern, the president is instead spending his mornings tweetingabout Hillary Clinton and how unfair it is he and his campaign were caught trying to obstruct justice and collude with Russia.

Even the Administration’s most “well-thought-out” initiatives manage to highlight Trump’s shortcomings. The latest effort, “Made in America Week,” for example, only serves to highlight the Trump family’s history of outsourcing production and importing foreign workers — especially as the Trump White House offers a meek “We’ll get back to you” on whether the Trumps will reconsider manufacturing their goods overseas.

But that’s the reality of Donald Trump and his family: the president has always selfishly put himself first, only caring about turning a profit no matter how many people he has to hurt in the process. So, at the end of the day, it’s difficult to talk about successes — and all the more so as the Trump-Russia scandal continues to unravel.

THINGS WORTH ASKING AND WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO (SLASH DREAD)