Today in 5 Lines
President Trump signed a bill that imposes new sanctions on Russia, despite calling it “seriously flawed.” He, along with two Republican senators, unveiled a plan to dramatically reduce legal immigration to the United States. At a White House press briefing, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller got into a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over the proposal. National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster removed Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence programs. Former FBI Director James Comey signed a book deal; the work, to be published next spring, will detail his experiences in government and his recent clashes with Trump.
Today on The Atlantic
More Than Meets the Eye: David A. Graham argues that although it may not seem like it—amid reports of chaos within the White House and legislative failures in Congress—President Trump is “getting some consequential things done.”
The Controversial Memo That Cost an NSC Staffer His Job: A top official of the National Security Council was fired last month after arguing in a memo that subversive forces are trying to derail the president’s agenda. (Rosie Gray)
Silence and Sanctioning: President Trump’s signing of the Russia sanctions bill is just the latest move in what’s shaping up to be a very odd policy toward Moscow, writes Krishnadev Calamur.