POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s increasingly erratic presidency

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President Donald Trump speaks during the “Presidential Social Media Summit” in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, July 11. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo


AMID A CASCADE OF ESPECIALLY PUNGENT TWEETS Thursday, President DONALD TRUMP tapped out one of his stock refrains — that he is a “Stable Genius.” But his leadership style has become more volatile than ever, with the commander in chief pinballing between opposing poles of major decisions, switching with little explanation, leaving allies inside and outside his administration unable to explain what just happened.

THURSDAY was only the most recent example. The president suddenly abandoned his quest to add a citizenship question to the census, after talking up the idea for days. A.G. BILL BARR boasted in an interview earlier this week that he had found

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