The Note: Trump’s gravitational pull on his party

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The TAKE with Rick Klein

So Michael Cohen isn't talking, but President Donald Trump is – at least to Fox and Friends. French President Emmanuel Macron is flake-free – and free, out of Trump’s grip, to speak his mind a bit more.

Ronny Jackson is out, Mike Pompeo is in, and Scott Pruitt is … somewhere in between.

Your one constant, again, is Trump himself – who, tellingly, heads to a rally in Washington, Mich., Saturday night, while Washington, D.C., celebrates itself at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

He campaigns this weekend knowing that, despite Cabinet chaos and partisan line-drawing, he got his choice for secretary of state confirmed. He also gained some powerful images with world leaders, and is moving toward a potential breakthrough with North Korea.

It’s a reminder that, for all the scandal, Trump retains an immense gravitational pull on his party – and even the world.

The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks

That promise to “hire the best people,” may end up one of the president’s most memorable campaign lines after all. It is not hard to imagine the political ads his opponents have already drafted.

The first year of the Trump administration saw unprecedented turnover and then the turning over didn’t stop. This week, the pile of embarrassing headlines about sitting secretaries and presidential nominees created such a drumbeat that, for some, it started to sound like white noise.

Both the president and Ronny Jackson, his pick to run the Department of Veterans Affairs until yesterday, pointed fingers. They said the nomination fell victim to “the swamp,” “false allegations” and “how Washington works.”

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill used similar lines to defend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, while Democrats grilled him about the various allegations of professional misconduct against him.

The buildup of scandals could start to break in Republicans' favor if the president’s team looks like victims. That said, it’s hard to bash the swamp and status quo when some the actions called into question look so ... swampy – like the transcript this week of Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Mick Mulvaney.

The TIP with Mariam Khan

Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, is not taking the president’s bait.

Instead, he took the high road following Trump’s comment that he will have a “big price to pay in Montana” for his role in Adm. Ronny Jackson’s nomination withdrawal, saying, “I think I’m focused on the next secretary of the VA.”

“We need someone who’s going to serve our veterans and make sure we’re not privatizing the VA and make sure they can run that organization and move it forward for the best benefit of the veterans of this country,” Tester said.

“That’s what I’m going to be focused on,” he added.

When asked if he took the president’s comments as a threat, Tester didn’t respond.

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“He did some things that weren't very nice and probably not right for the top law enforcement agency, so that was a pretty good reason for the president to let him go." — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders when asked why President Trump fired James Comey during a mock briefing with reporters’ children on National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

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