Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington:
- Price resigns under pressure, the first Trump cabinet secretary to leave
- Tillerson says U.S. is in direct contact with North Korea about missile talks
- Trump, at his golf club, assails Puerto Rican mayor who criticized him
President Trump was all-in for the man he called "Big Luther" -- Alabama's Sen. Luther Strange, the Republican appointed to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions when Sessions became Trump's attorney general. Repeatedly the president endorsed Strange on his favored medium, Twitter, and campaigned with Strange on Friday at a raucous rally in Birmingham, Ala.
Strange was the underdog from the start but Trump repeatedly boasted that, thanks to his backing, "Big Luther" was "shooting up" in the polls. As many expected, however, the winner of the Republican runoff contest on Tuesday was zealously Christian conservative Roy Moore, who twice was suspended from Alabama's Supreme Court for defying federal law in favor of what he calls "God's law."
By Wednesday morning, some of Trump's tweets documenting his support for loser Strange, including the one above, were gone from his personal Twitter account. The deleted Tweets were tracked by ProPublica, including these:
Not all of the tweets about Strange disappeared. As of Wednesday morning, several remained live.
Once the election results were in, Trump tweeted to congratulate Moore -- first on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning. As it happens, Trump's allegiance to Strange was in question even before voters cast ballots.
Amid his effusive pro-Strange tweets, and his boasts of boosting the incumbent's standing, Trump had mused aloud that he might have backed the wrong horse -- even from the Birmingham stage with Strange.
Because, as Trump has often said, he likes to win. And if he doesn't, delete the evidence.