TrumpWatch Daily Update; Week 38, Tuesday
 
Scott Pruitt signed a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a move that will trigger an immediate court fight and could result in months or even years of litigation. Yet the policy reversal is unlikely to affect the nation’s overall shift from coal to natural gas and renewable power generation in the electricity sector, as coal has been in decline even though the Obama plan never actually went into effect.

President Trump used Twitter to insult Senator Bob Corker for being short, criticized ESPN reporter Jemele Hill, and proposed using federal tax law to punish the NFL for player protests. Then he suggested he was smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, proposing that he would test higher on an IQ test.

David Apol, Trump’s Acting Head of the Office of Government Ethics, sent a letter to all federal agencies late last week warning that he is “deeply concerned that the actions of some in government leadership have harmed perceptions about the importance of ethics.” He urged all federal workers to redouble their commitment to acting honorably in the immediate aftermath of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s resignation.

Trump said he will sign an Executive Order soon that will allow some people to buy health insurance across state lines. For some reason, he tied the “great, great” insurance to a meeting he had with 94 year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, saying "Henry Kissinger doesn't want to pay 116% increase and that's what's happening and it's getting worse by the minute."