— -- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
THE TAKE with ABC News' Rick Klein
There's a whole lot of jokes being told by White House officials these days, or so we are told. But this is not one of them: Congress is starting to treat President Trump as an interested – if not totally informed – bystander, and not the leader of a legislative agenda. Let Obamacare fail? Change the Senate rules? Bipartisanship has actually broken out on health care, with efforts brewing to shore up the individual insurance market. On Russia, Trump is reluctantly set to sign a sanctions bill his secretary of state says he and the president are not "very happy about," forced by overwhelming numbers in Congress. Of course, Sen. Jeff Flake has a whole book out now about standing apart from Trump. And few on Capitol Hill are following the White House's lead anymore when it comes to that supposed "witch hunt." The cause is a volatile combination of vanishing credibility and eroding capability. If you can't believe what the president says, and can't trust him to do what he says must get done, leadership is hard to establish. Trump's Washington can't run on Trumpism alone.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"He certainly didn't dictate, but you know, he, like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion, like any father would do." --Sarah Sanders on President Trump's involvement in crafting Donald Trump Jr.'s first statement on the meeting he had with a Russian lawyer in 2016.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Trump makes an "announcement" at 11:30 a.m. ET with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue. They will introduce a new bill that would limit legal immigration to prioritize high-skilled immigrants, The Washington Examiner reports.
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NEED TO READ with ABC News' Daksha Sthipam
ANALYSIS: John Kelly's impossible mission as White House chief of staff. He's got the job – but will he be able to do it well? Within his first 24 hours on the job, new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly displayed reasons for optimism, quickly moving to establish control and cleaner lines of authority. But Kelly also saw first-hand why imposing discipline on the president and his top aides may be a hopeless endeavor. http://abcn.ws/2vlrPu1
Nikki Haley meets new Russian ambassador to the United Nations. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met her newly-installed Russian counterpart, ambassador Vasilly Nebenzia Tuesday. "Ambassador Haley and Ambassador Nebenzia discussed counterterrorism, North Korea's dangerous provocations, especially its recent missile tests, and the U.S.-Russia relationship at the UN going forward," U.S. Mission to the United Nations said in a statement. http://abcn.ws/2uXzRa8
@lpolgreen: Why the Mooch Lost His Cool: @VickyPJWard talks to the man himself. http://bit.ly/2w4NXXo
@Hadas_Gold: BREAK: full transcript of the WSJ interview with Trump from last week http://politi.co/2w3opK8
@PeterAlexander: Trump explaining to several club members why he frequently visits Bedminster: "That White House is a real dump." http://amp.timeinc.net/golf/tour-news/2017/08/01/president-donald-trump-relationship-golf-more-complicated-now?source=dam …
@aabramson: NEW: Boy Scouts just told me in e-mail if a call was placed to President Trump after his speech, the organization is unaware of it. http://ti.me/2uX59xW
@GlennThrush: 'I don't think anyone just wanders into the Oval Office' says Sarah. I have witnessed people just wandering in.
@NRO: Two Million for Teleskov: Knights of Columbus Take a Lead in Rebuilding Christianity in Iraq http://natl.io/O3JB7n via @kathrynlopez
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