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Week in politics: What to expect from President Trump’s ‘infrastructure week,’ plus a preview of Jim Comey’s upcoming testimony

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U.S. President Donald Trump announces the Air Traffic Control Initiative during an event in the East Room of the White House on June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump didn’t waste much time making an appearance this week as he announced his plan to overhaul and reform the country’s air traffic control system from the East Room of the White House on Monday.

He says the reforms would take air traffic control out of the hands of the Federal Aviation Administration so it can focus on safety and instead create a private, non-profit corporation to manage the logistical duties of guiding planes and ensuring efficiency. This is part of a larger infrastructure push by President Trump, who is expected to be traveling around the country this week to champion this push.

In Washington, D.C. this week they’re also preparing for the tumult that many are expecting to follow former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. We’ll preview the hearing and look at whether President Trump could use executive privilege to block the testimony.

Also on the docket: analysis of U.S. response to the London Bridge terror attack over the weekend, how California is fighting back against the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord and what several Middle Eastern countries severing ties with Qatar means for the U.S.


Bill Burton, Democratic political strategist with the firm SKD Knickerbocker and former deputy White House press secretary for Barack Obama; he tweets @billburton

Zachary Courser, research director of the Dreier Roundtable and visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @zcourser

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