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U.S. President Donald Trump applauds his crowd as he holds a “Make America Great Again” rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Sunday was stepping up his search for a national security adviser, with several interviews on tap, and focusing on health care in talks with his health and budget chiefs, while his team pushed back against depictions of a young administration in disarray.
His chief of staff used appearances on the Sunday news shows to echo his boss’ complaints about media coverage of the White House and cited what he said were multiple accomplishments in the first few weeks of the Trump presidency.
“The truth is that we don’t have problems in the West Wing,” Reince Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Priebus also denied a report that Trump advisers were in touch with Russian intelligence advisers during the 2016 campaign, and said he had assurances from “the top levels of the intelligence community” that it was false.
After weeks of tumult in Washington, Trump returned to Florida and his private club for a third straight weekend as he tries to refocus. After a raucous campaign rally Saturday night, Trump and his wife, Melania, stopped by a fundraiser at his private Palm Beach club, put on by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A White House official confirmed his attendance, requesting anonymity to discuss the president’s schedule.
High on Trump’s to-do list is finding a replacement for ousted Michael Flynn as national security adviser.
Scheduled to discuss the job with the president at Mar-a-Lago were his acting adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen.
Trump pushed out Flynn last Monday after revelations that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about discussing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential transition. Trump said in a news conference Thursday that he was disappointed by how Flynn had treated Pence, but did not believe Flynn had done anything wrong by having the conversations.
Trump’s first choice to replace Flynn, retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, turned down the offer.
Trump also was expected to discuss health care policy in a meeting Health Secretary Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House budget office.
Top House Republicans last week presented a rough sketch of a health overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers that would void of President Barack Obama’s 2010 law and replace it with conservative policies. It features a revamped Medicaid program for the poor, tax breaks to help people pay doctors’ bills and federally subsidized state pools to assist those with costly medical conditions in buying insurance.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has said Republicans would introduce legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act after Congress returns in late February, but he offered no specifics.
Also on Trump’s Sunday schedule: calls to the leaders of Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The day of presidential business follows a return on Saturday to campaign mode when Trump held a rally before thousands of supporters at an airplane hangar in Melbourne. He revived campaign promises to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, reduce regulations and create jobs — and continued his attacks on the media.
The rally was put on by Trump’s campaign, not the White House. Trump told reporters he was holding a campaign rally because “life is a campaign.”
Trump, who held a rally in the same spot in Florida in September, clearly relished being back in front of his supporters, welcoming the cheers and letting one supporter up on stage to offer praise for the president. He also enjoyed reliving his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump has lurched from crisis to crisis since the inauguration, including the botched rollout of his immigration order, struggles confirming his Cabinet picks and a near-constant stream of reports about strife within his administration.
Priebus would have none of it.
“The fact of the matter is the level of accomplishment that he’s put forward so far in the first 30 days has been remarkable,” he told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
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Note to Donald Trump: Don’t get into a war of words with some of the country’s best writers.
Many of the most recognizable journalists in the media world hit back at President Trump’s tweet on Friday calling the news media “the enemy of the American people.”
“Someone is cranky that Gallup has him at 38% and Pew has him at 39%,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted. “So now he’s resorting to FAKE TWEETS. SAD!”
The New York Times’ Sopan Deb wrote: “As a journalist, I’m not the enemy of the American people, other than the ones who think Season 2 of the Wire isn’t any good.”
Trump ruffled plenty of journalistic feathers when he railed against the media earlier in the day, tweeting to his more than 34 million followers: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @Nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!.”
The tweet was then quickly replaced with a slightly modified version that added ABC and CBS. The word “SICK!” was also omitted in the second post.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd called on “leaders” to “dial it back.”
Writer Kurt Eichenwald went right for the jugular: “So I’m an enemy of America. Yet I never illegally tried 2 do business w/ USAs real enemies like some ppl named Trump.”
And CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto wrote: “I’ve covered foreign countries where free media declared the enemy: China, Russia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar & more. Not language I’ve heard at home.”
Trump has been steadily building up his anti-media campaign since the election. As TheWrap previously reported, Trump’s team sent out a bizarre email survey on Thursday asking people how they feel about the media.
Among the questions were: “On which issues does the mainstream media do the worst job of representing Republicans?” and “Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?”
While not specifically called out by President Trump, journalists from other news outlets such as The Guardian, Verge, Wired and GQ also responded.
Read more reaction from America’s most wanted below:
I’ve covered foreign countries where free media declared the enemy: China, Russia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar & more. Not language I’ve heard at home https://t.co/7uaDXLoHDL
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 17, 2017
As a journalist, I’m not the enemy of the American people, other than the ones who think Season 2 of the Wire isn’t any good.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 17, 2017
Someone is cranky that Gallup has him at 38% and Pew has him at 39%. So now he’s resorting to FAKE TWEETS. SAD! https://t.co/ZFZvlTf8Az
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 17, 2017
On December 1972 tape, Nixon told Kissinger, “The press is the enemy, the establishment is the enemy, the professors are the enemy.”
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 17, 2017
We will be very lucky if this ends without a reporter being killed by a Trump supporter out to battle “enemies of the American people”
— Tim Carmody (@tcarmody) February 17, 2017
Can we talk about how he deleted it, not because he realized it was inappropriate, but because he wanted to call out more orgs by name!!!! https://t.co/dnRKtPri5t
— Jamiles Lartey (@JamilesLartey) February 17, 2017
I’ve covered foreign countries where free media declared the enemy: China, Russia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar & more. Not language I’ve heard at home https://t.co/7uaDXLoHDL
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 17, 2017
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 17, 2017
I was on the fence about this, but how can journalists go to WHCA dinner and toast somebody who has branded them an “enemy” of the state?
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) February 17, 2017
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— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2017
The bold move by CNN’s social media team includes various hand gestures from the wild, 77-minute press conference during which Trump dubbed the network “very fake news.”
“The press has become so dishonest, that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” Trump said on Thursday. “The press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
After a 24-minute opening statement that included statements such as, “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars,” Trump took questions from reporters, who he accused to their faces of pushing “fake news.”
Trump then said he doesn’t watch CNN anymore and took credit for a recent spike in cable news ratings, but then said he watches CNN and doesn’t like the tone.
“I don’t mind bad stories. I can handle a bad story better than anybody, as long as it’s true,” Trump said. “I’m not OK when it is fake. I watch CNN and it’s so much anger and hatred.”
On Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta said “the fix is in” after Trump only called on conservative news organizations during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
During Thursday’s press conference, Trump repeatedly pointed at Acosta and promised to eventually call on him. Once he did, the CNN reporter said, “Just for the record, we don’t hate you.”
“Ask Jeff Zucker how he got his job,” Trump said, referring to the CNN Worldwide president who used to oversee Trump’s “Apprentice” reality show.
It will be interesting to see what Trump thinks of CNN’s video.
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Who better to conduct Trump’s review of the intelligence community than a totally unqualified billionaire donor?
President Donald Trump’s administration has been roiled by chaos,” Late Night host Seth Meyers said, the day Trump “doubled down on that chaos by holding a bizarre press conference full of false claims, grievances, and attacks on the media.”
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Remember the date — February 16, 2017. It’s one for the history books, the day that an American president gave a public performance so nutty, so bizarre, so full of malignant narcissism and wild invention that it boggles the mind and rattles the teeth.
In a 77-minute rant, Donald Trump defended his madcap administration as entirely sane, as if the firing of Mike Flynn, the collapse of Andrew Puzder’s cabinet candidacy, the ethics violation of Kellyanne Conway, the sinister stylings of Steve Bannon’s executive orders, the fight with the intelligence community, the battle with the judiciary, the posturing againt the media, the ongoing questions about Russia’s connection to his campaign, were not happening.
Remember people: His administration is not yet four weeks old.
Every question Trump took from a journalist was accompanied by a dig at the said journalist. He couldn’t take a question without insulting the person asking it. The CNN reporter had bad ratings. He called an orthodox Jewish journalist — the kind with the sidecurls and the black suit — a liar. He called on an African-American journalist and then asked her to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. He dodged every question on Russia. And he said that Mike Flynn — who HE fired — didn’t do anything wrong, really.
The press conference, it has been reported, was a surprise to Trump’s own staff. So here’s how this went: The president tossed and turned all night, raging internally at the unfairness of it all. And he got up determined to set the world straight. To make sure everyone understood that he’s a good guy getting a bad rap.
But really, it was like upside down day. Like opposite day. Trump as the Mad Hatter, spinning an alternative reality without the goggles.
He denied that his White House was in chaos, as if he felt compelled to counter, verbatim, the New York Times whose headline said exactly that.
“There’s zero chaos,” he protested. The administration is a “fine-tuned machine.”
It got nuttier from there.
On Flynn: “The leaks are real. The news is fake.” (As others have pointed out, this is not possible. If the leaks are real, then the news they are leaking can’t be fake.”)
“I’m not a bad person.”
“I’m actually having a very good time. “
“I inherited a mess.”
“You’re dishonest people.”
“I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
On Russia: “A nuclear holocaust would be like no other.”
Every day in Trump Administration time is like a month for any other presidency I’ve witnessed.
But today, our obstreperous and unhinged commander in chief must surely be giving some sleepless nights not to his enemies, but to his Republican friends.
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Jesse Miller prepares a dish Feb. 16 in the kitchen at Bar Pilar, a restaurant on 14th Street in Washington, D.C. Miller’s kitchen staff, all immigrants, went on strike Thursday during a “Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide protest against President Donald Trump’s recent action on immigration. Photo by Abbey Oldham/PBS NewsHour.
On a typical day in Jesse Miller’s kitchen at Bar Pilar, seven to eight people prep, cook and clean for dinner service. But on Thursday, the executive chef was alone most of the day, while the immigrant workers on staff at the downtown Washington, D.C. restaurant stayed home.
Miller was eventually joined by his bartender and two friends who showed up in the evening to help out. It was an exhausting day — but that was the point, Miller said.
Across the country Thursday, workers at Bar Pilar and hundreds of other businesses participated in a “Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide protest of President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration, including a now-suspended controversial ban on immigration. Immigrants skipped work or school and held rallies in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C. to demonstrate their role in the country’s economy and their communities. Other cities staged similar protests throughout the week.
“Some of the workers who are striking said, ‘Are you sure you don’t want us to come in?’” Miller said, in an interview at the restaurant. He told them he was sure. “This is more important than one night of service.”
The strike, which was not planned by one particular group, spread by word of mouth and on social media. Flyers popped up throughout the northeast and Midwestern cities, urging undocumented workers to participate.
El Chucho’s Executive Chef Saul Canesa. Photo courtesy Saul Canesa
It impacted markets, daycares, hotels and construction sites, but restaurants were particularly affected, as immigrants make up as much as 70 percent of the restaurant industry’s workforce in some cities, according to the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. Many Americans support Trump’s efforts to tighten immigration laws, and say a bigger focus on legal employment would help the economy. But a number of restaurant owners have argued there should be a better path to citizenship for their undocumented workers.
Thursday’s action sent “a clear message that the immigrant community is ready to use its labor and consumer power to fight and begin a new chapter in the immigrant rights movement,” Movimiento Cosecha, a national immigrant rights advocacy group, said in a statement.
In the nation’s capital, at least 60 restaurants were closed Thursday, including five eateries owned by celebrity chef José Andrés, 18 locations of salad chain Sweetgreen and all six branches of Busboys and Poets, a popular regional coffeeshop, restaurant and community gathering space.
The entire kitchen staff at El Chucho, a Mexican restaurant in Northwest D.C., did not go to work, so only basic food like chips and salsa were served. The restaurant’s chef, Saul Canesa, an immigrant who came to the U.S. from El Salvador in 2001, joined his staff in striking. He said he hoped the protest would send a message to President Trump.
“We don’t come here just for what he says, like to bring crime,” Canesa said, referring to the speech Trump made at the start of his presidential campaign, when he said Mexican immigrants “are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists.”
“We don’t come just to do whatever we want to do, or send money back home. We also come to work,” Canesa said. “He says he’s trying to make America great, but I don’t think without our labor he will make it great.”
The absence of labor was evident Thursday across Washington. While some popular restaurants — Bad Saint, Daikaya and Jaleo — shut down entirely, others, like Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel, announced they would close their kitchens and let customers bring in their own food.
Other restaurants operated on a limited menu. The owners of Boundary Stone in Northeast D.C., said they would man the kitchen themselves, but only serve a few items and for a shorter period of time than usual.
At Bar Pilar, Miller, who is both head chef and an investor in the restaurant, served a limited menu of Latino-inspired dishes that he made himself, with help from friends. “The idea is for us to feel the pain too,” he said.
Whether to close shop or scramble to stay open, how much food to serve and whether to pay staff were difficult decisions for business owners, many of whom said in interviews that they wanted to show their support but were also worried about the loss of business.
Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St. NW, Washington D.C. was closed Feb. 16 for a “Day Without Immigrants.” Photo by Abbey Oldham/PBS NewsHour.
El Chucho owner Jackie Greenbaum said she made the decision not to serve any food rather than try to cook it herself. “It seemed the point was better made [to say]: we can’t operate without this segment of the population, who are our friends, our family, and our staff,” she said.
But Greenbaum also said she couldn’t afford to pay the hourly wages of the staff that participated in the strike. She anticipated making only a quarter of the restaurant’s usual Thursday night revenues.
Andy Shallal, an Iraqi immigrant who owns Busboys and Poets and is also an activist, spent Thursday drinking coffee at the bar of his location at the intersection of 14th and V Streets, talking to reporters and handing out free coffee. The normally buzzing restaurant sat empty behind him.
“As an immigrant myself, I need to stand in solidarity with them,” said Shallal, who told immigrant workers at his six restaurant that they could take paid leave for the day.
Andy Shallal sits in the window of an empty Busboys and Poets on 14th and V Streets in Washington D.C. Shallal, an Iraqi immigrant, decided to close all six of his restaurants for the “Day Without Immigrants” protest. Photo by Abbey Oldham/PBS NewsHour.
“It’s a big hit obviously. We’re a big place that serves thousands of people a day, tens of thousand of dollars are at stake,” Shallal said. “But again, when you look at the other cost — of not doing anything — it pales in comparison.” He added: “To me, this is insurance. You have to speak up, or you’re going to be on the wrong side of history.”
At Boundary Road, a neighborhood restaurant in Northeast D.C., the restaurant’s beverage director, Ejay Apaga, took food orders all day, and did other tasks usually left to the kitchen staff.
“This is my way of supporting them, being here so they don’t have to,” said Epaga, who was born in D.C. but is of Filipino descent.
Around 6 p.m., Elizabeth Courtney arrived at the restaurant to meet a girlfriend for dinner, only to find out that food was not being served.
“I was oblivious, I went up to the bar, and they said they were closed in support of the immigrant protest,” said Courtney, 23, who recently moved to Washington, D.C. “I mean, I think it’s a cool idea, but I just was supposed to meet someone and we’re a little hungry.”
On an average Thursday evening, Apaga said Boundary Road takes in $2,000. Thursday evening, he said he’d be surprised if the restaurant made more than $500.
Other restaurants across the D.C. metro area announced that they would donate profits from the evening to nonprofit organizations that help immigrants. Bar Pilar, for example, said it would donate 75 percent of the night’s profits from cocktails to the American Immigration Council, while the bartenders decided to give their tips to immigrant colleagues who didn’t work to be part of the strike.
Gabriela Saint-Louis, a 24-year-old Haitian immigrant, came with her father to Bar Pilar to order drinks because she knew the money would be donated to an immigration nonprofit.
“I was heartbroken by the ban,” she said, hours after Trump said he plans to issue a new ban next week. “I’m an immigrant myself, and this is not the America I know.”
Many who protested Thursday are planning to strike again. Movimiento Cosecha says it is organizing similar action May 1, as well as a seven-day “Week Without Immigrants” at a later date.
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Celebrities, journalists, and late-night hosts have already shared their confusion over President Donald Trump’s press conference on Thursday. For Seth Meyers, the “bats— crazy” event led him to shred his original Late Night script.
In a clip from Thursday’s episode, Meyers explained that for the episode’s Closer Look segment, his team already had a topic and draft they felt good about — until Trump’s comments forced them to pivot.”
“Then, Donald Trump held what can only be described as a bats— crazy press conference that rendered this script completely meaningless,” he said as he brought out a shredder to destroy the script. “Bye, dead jokes.”
Meyers touched on many of the most cringeworthy moments of the press conference, ranging from Trump’s “ranting and raving” to his defense of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
He also pointed out Trump’s response to reporter April Ryan, who asked the president will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus. Trump fired back at her, “Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”
Meyers said, “It’s racist to assume all black people know each other. You don’t know all orange people. ‘Hey Donald, can you set up a meeting with Snooki and the Lorax?’”
Late Night airs on NBC at 12:35 a.m. ET. See the clip above.