This week on So That Happened: the White House celebrates Infrastructure Week. Or at least, they wanted to, but couldn’t because this week was James Comey-A-Go-Go in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yes, the former FBI director debuted his testimony in front of an eager gaggle of Senators and he seemed pretty bent on making sure everyone knew that President Donald Trump was a serial liar. The White House struck back, accusing Comey of leaking privileged information and telling falsehoods of his own. Everyone in DC apparently went to a bar to watch these hearings on television, because we’re a sad bunch of drunks. And that’s Infrastructure Week. Congratulations to infrastructure.
Meanwhile, if you can even remember where the country was a handful of days ago, you might remember last week’s hullabaloo, President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Accords. There was a lot of doomsaying in the wake of the decision, but there were also several renewed commitments made by other American politicians to stay engaged with the rest of the world. So, is Trump’s decision going to leave a hole in the planet, or merely create a leadership vacuum for others? We’ll try to reckon with what lies ahead.
Finally, growing tensions between several Arab states and Qatar blossomed into new antagonism this week, as a Saudi led coalition of states announced that they were going to sever their ties with the tiny nation on the Arabian peninsula. Is the Orb involved? It kind of is, actually! But President Trump is knit up in this latest mess as well.
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