The week in politics

Published 8:33 PM ET, Sat March 4, 2017
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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses during a news conference in Washington on Thursday, March 2. In a statement, Sessions recused himself from any investigation related to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. He made the decision after it emerged that he failed at his Senate confirmation hearing to disclose two pre-election meetings with Moscow's ambassador to Washington. Sessions spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there was nothing "misleading about his answer" to Congress because the Alabama Republican "was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign -- not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee." She said Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors last year. Susan Walsh/AP
President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday, February 28. His uplifting message was dramatically different from his usual rhetoric -- and also from his usual controversies. Read more: 6 takeaways from Trump's address to Congress Bloomberg/Getty Images
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 1. The mark on her head was in observance of Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the holy season of Lent for many Christians in the West. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
President Trump walks with his grandchildren Arabella and Joseph across the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, March 3. They were about to board Marine One for a short flight to Andrews Air Force Base. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
From left, US Reps. Brenda Lawrence, Joyce Beatty, Marcia Fudge and Val Demings pose for a photo before Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday, February 27. Many Democrats wore white as a nod to the women's suffrage movement. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer answers questions at a Washington news conference on Thursday, March 2. Schumer called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after it was revealed that Sessions, during his Senate confirmation hearing, did not disclose his meetings last year with Russia's ambassador to the United States. Win McNamee/Getty Images
President Trump speaks to Navy sailors and civilian shipbuilders aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, a soon-to-be-commissioned aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, on Thursday, March 2. He touted his calls for a multibillion-dollar military investment, promising a "great rebuilding of our military might." The Washington Post/Getty Images
Supreme Court justices attend President Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday, February 28. From left are John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA/GETTY IMAGES
Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after delivering his speech to Congress. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump, bottom right, is applauded as she arrives in the House chamber for her husband's speech. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch visits the Washington office of US Sen. Angus King on Wednesday, March 1. Gorsuch has been visiting with senators from both parties. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
A strong wind blows President Trump's tie as he arrives at Orlando International Airport on Friday, March 3. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS/Sipa
New Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at his swearing-in ceremony in Washington on Thursday, March 2. The former Texas governor -- flanked by his wife, Anita, and Vice President Mike Pence -- was confirmed by a Senate vote of 62-37. See Trump's nominees and their confirmation hearings The Washington Post/Getty Images
Olympic gold medalists Adam Nelson and Michael Phelps are among those sworn in before a House committee in Washington on Tuesday, February 28. They called for greater international policing of doping in sports. "I don't believe I've stood up at an international competition and the rest of the field has been clean," said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. "I don't think I've ever felt that." Alex Wong/Getty Images
Members of the media look on as President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 28. Win McNamee/Getty Images
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer walks across the tarmac Thursday, March 2, at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
An emotional Carryn Owens, center, looks up as she is applauded during President Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday, February 28. Owens' husband, Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, recently was killed during a mission in Yemen. "Ryan died as he lived: a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation," Trump said. The applause lasted over a minute, which Trump said must be a record. Win McNamee/Getty Images
White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway takes an Oval Office photo of President Trump and leaders of historically black colleges and universities on Monday, February 27. The image of her kneeling on the couch sparked memes on social media. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump stands in the doorway of the House chamber while being introduced for his speech to Congress. See last week in politics The Washington Post/Getty Images