He was pilloried again on Saturday Night Live, his national security adviser resigned, his labor secretary nominee withdrew, new allegations arose about his coziness with the Russians, Russia and North Korea launched missiles, the White House leaks like a proverbial sieve, and now Republicans in Congress are beginning to grumble. The week culminated with a news conference at which President Trump asserted that his administration was “running like a fine-tuned machine.” We’ll dance around that and call it “a less-than-stellar week” for the president.
On the brighter side, his administration’s proposed rules regarding the Affordable Care Act drew a positive reaction in some quarters. Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel Hilferty said the rules designed to stabilize the individual health care market are a good start. IBC was the only company to offer ACA plans in southeastern Pennsylvania this year.
Despite reports that he had been killed in Vietnam by his own troops, Douglas C. Niedermeyer resurfaced under the nom de plume of Stephen Miller, senior