White House Tries to Regroup, But Trump Isn't Helping

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has curtailed press briefings, redirected questions on Russia and planned a major infrastructure policy rollout this week in an effort to regain control of its message.

But as long as President Donald Trump has a smartphone, no White House strategy is safe. On Monday morning, Trump upended the White House’s week with a blitz of statements delivered via Twitter.

The president’s free-wheeling style underscores the difficulty the White House faces as it attempts to recalibrate following weeks of damaging reports about possible ties between his campaign and Russia, as well as a steady drumbeat of speculation about internal conflict and disarray.

Those struggles are coming to a head as fired FBI Director James Comey is set to testify on Capitol Hill Thursday.

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