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This week in OnPolitics: Dr. Strangelove

  • August 11, 2017

It’s Friday, OP friends. Somehow, during a week when everyone was supposed to be on vacation, we’ve found ourselves wondering about the possibility of nuclear war.

Just your average week in the Trump administration, we guess.

How I learned to stop worrying…

President Trump may be in Bedminster, N.J., but he has made every effort to make sure that we all know that this is not a vacation; he’s only up there so some renovations can get done at the White House. He was so dedicated to this idea that, upon hearing the news that North Korea had created a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside missiles, he threatened that the country would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told us — especially Guam, the U.S. territory that could be hit with a missile strike by North Korea — not worry.

But then the president tweeted that forces were “locked and loaded” and continued to double down on his words.

Maybe it’s time for everyone to go play a round of golf.

And love…

Also from Bedminster, the president has taken to criticizing Mitch McConnell over the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare. “Why not done?” he asked via tweet. Never mind that the two are going to have to work together if the president hopes to see the passage of any major legislation fulfilling his campaign promises.

But eh. Let’s goad the Senate majority leader to “get back to work.” These aren’t excessive expecations, after all. This will go swimmingly.

The bomb

Look, we know it’s been a weird August week. Let’s embrace the fact that, for a brief moment in time, a man inflated a 30-foot chicken balloon that bears a resemblance to the commander-in-chief near the White House for all the world to see via livestream. Long live #TrumpChicken.

Happy weekend.

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