Alex Rodriguez’s convenient hip surgery was successful, with his doctor saying it “went exactly as we planned.” This probably wouldn’t be newsworthy — these athlete operations tend not to be unsuccessful, after all — except that it’s A-Rod, and virtually nothing in his life has gone as planned over the last month or so. He’s still expected to be out six to nine weeks. [NYT]
Reporter: Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?
President Trump: Yeah, sure. Why not?
Reporter: Second thoughts? Yes?
Trump: Might as well. Might as well.
Reporter: You have second thoughts about escalating the war with China?
Trump: I have second thoughts about everything.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, after Trump’s answer was widely reported: His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative — because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.