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Donald Trump takes it personally

Posted November 16, 2018 7:34 p.m. EST

— Friday, while insisting he wasn't "agitated" by the ongoing Russia probe being led by Robert Mueller (HINT: He is!), President Donald Trump was asked why he felt so strongly about the investigation. And he said this:

"I like to take everything personally because you do better that way."

Which is, well, hugely revealing.

Because he's right! He does take absolutely everything personally! And thinks first, second and third of how things will impact him and his life!

There's a much more open question as to whether Trump's commitment to take absolutely everything personally is a good thing -- either for him or the country. Take the example of now-fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself in the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the President," Trump told The New York Times in a July 2017 interview. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself. ... It's extremely unfair -- and that's a mild word -- to the President."

Trump was/is incapable of understanding that Sessions recused himself not to hurt Trump but because he believed it was the best way to avoid even the slightest appearance of impropriety when it came to the Justice Department's examination of a foreign power's attempt to meddle in a presidential election. (Sessions was a prominent surrogate for Trump on the campaign trail.)

The Point: The problem with Trump's take-it-personally philosophy is that being President isn't about him. It's about the country -- and doing your best to lead it regardless of your own personal feelings. He's never grasped that. And he's not going to start now.

Below, the week that was -- in 23 headlines.

Monday:

The Trump administration, advocates await next move in asylum lawsuitTrump does not want more relief funding sent to Puerto Rico

Tuesday:

Trump lawyers could submit answers to Mueller in coming days, source saysTrump celebrates Diwali at the White HouseTrump nominates Neomi Rao to replace Kavanaugh on DC CircuitTrump issues delayed broadside against Macron

Wednesday:

Trump announces support for bipartisan prison reformDeputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel forced out of White HouseTrump picks handbag designer, Mar-a-Lago member to be envoy to South AfricaAttorneys say former Manafort deputy Rick Gates is still cooperating with MuellerTrump calls for Democratic election official in Florida to be fired amid recountIn first public speech as acting AG, Whitaker praises Trump on economyGeorge Conway, conservative lawyers form group to speak out against TrumpDOJ says Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is constitutional

Thursday:

Pence drops key US demand for Trump-Kim summitSenators release compromise criminal justice bill after Trump endorsementTrump to visit California wildfire victims on SaturdayNumber of US troops at border has 'peaked' at 5,900Trump-appointed judge upholds Mueller's indictment against Russian troll farm

Friday:

Education Dept. unveils new protections for those accused of sexual misconduct on campusesTrump says he's written answers to Mueller questions, isn't 'agitated' by probeTrump bestows Medals of Freedom on Adelson, Babe Ruth, Elvis and othersTrump announces Wheeler as EPA nominee