From Sean Spicer On Assad To Trump’s Reversals, 13 Quotes That Defined The Week : NPR


For someone who speaks with as much conviction as President Trump, he sure has a way of changing positions with an equal level of certitude.

We looked into those reversals here and here, and some of them make up a good chunk of some of the list below of eye-popping quotes from the week that was. You can vote on which one you think is worthy of quote of the week on the NPR Politics Facebook page.

Monday

1. “And I got it done in the first 100 days. That’s even nice. You think that’s easy?” — Trump on his appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court before Gorsuch’s swearing-in at the White House.

2. “I’ve not always made the right choices, I’ve not always said the right things. … I can no longer allow my family, my dear friends, my dedicated staff and Cabinet to be subjected to the consequences that my past actions have brought upon them.” — Robert Bentley in a short statement announcing he was stepping down as governor of Alabama. After allegedly concealing an affair with an adviser, he pleaded guilty to abusing his office.

Tuesday

3. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” — White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying Hitler wasn’t as bad as Syria’s President Bashar Assad. Spicer later apologized.

4. “I like Steve, but you have to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late. … I’m my own strategist.” — Trump to the New York Post, referring to chief strategist Steve Bannon. It signaled the potentially waning influence of a man who just two months ago was on the cover of Time magazine as “The Great Manipulator” and described as possibly the “second most powerful man in the world.”

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