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Week in politics: Whether delay of GOP health care bill vote helps or hurts, plus the new poll that has Trump making history

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) talks to reporters following the weekly GOP policy luncheon.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) talks to reporters following the weekly GOP policy luncheon.
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Healthcare is once again front and center this week as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s delaying a vote on the bill until Arizona Senator John McCain returns to Congress following surgery.

The question, however, is which side the delay in the vote will benefit more, as it gives Republicans more time to wrangle votes and Democrats more time to dissuade supporters.

After a much-scrutinized trip to France to meet with its newly-elected head of state and celebrate Bastille Day, President Trump was also back stateside this weekend taking in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, which was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The trip abroad was both for Mr. Trump to get to know French President Emmanuel Macron and a chance for Macron to try and soften Trump’s position on climate change and talk about future U.S. involvement with the Paris climate accord.

Questions also continue to swirl about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer last year as new information keeps surfacing. Mr. Trump’s lawyer made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to defend the president’s son, saying there was nothing illegal about the meeting. Elsewhere within the Trump camp, there are also questions about the future of security clearance for Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows President Trump’s disapproval rating is the highest of any president six months into his term in office since modern polling began in the 1940s. It also shows nearly half of Americans (48 percent) think the country’s leadership role in the world has weakened since Trump’s election compared to 27 percent who say it’s strengthened.


Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @jpitney

John Iadarola, host and creator of ThinkTank, part of The Young Turks Network; he also serves as a weekly co-host for The Young Turks weekly live show; he tweets @johniadarola