JUDY WOODRUFF: But first: President Trump and Congress may be away from Washington, but there is still plenty of politics to consider.
Here to discuss for this Politics Monday, our regulars are Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR.
And welcome to both of you. It is Politics Monday.
Not only that. As we know, it is the 200th day of the Donald Trump presidency.
Tam, the president today tweeting up a storm while he’s on vacation in New Jersey about the senator from Connecticut, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, who did, when he ran for office, later admitted he was misleading about having served in Vietnam. He was in the military, but not in Vietnam.
The president today: “Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie.”
He said: “He cried like a baby, begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?”
All this because Blumenthal said something about the Russia investigation. How do we read this?
TAMARA KEITH, National Public Radio: Yes. And just to be clear, this is a working vacation that the president is on.
And part of working is tweeting at Senator Blumenthal. What Senator Blumenthal is doing is, he’s part of a bipartisan piece of legislation. He’s one of the co-sponsors of a bill that would protect the special counsel, Robert Mueller, from being fired by President Trump.
Now, the Trump administration now says that the president doesn’t intend to fire Mueller, but President Trump, it seems, was watching CNN this morning when Senator Blumenthal was on CNN talking about this legislation, talking about the Russia investigation. And it prompted this tweetstorm.
And then Senator Blumenthal was on CNN later, and there was another tweet about Senator Blumenthal.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And it continued this afternoon, Amy. He said that, “He should take a nice long vacation in…