Today in the Trump Administration
The president is in Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. CBS News’ Mark Knoller notes that by the end of the weekend, Mr. Trump will have spent all or part of 14 days at Mar-a-Lago, amounting to 31 percent of his days in office, so far.
“Florida to me is a very very special state,” said Mr. Trump Friday. “I have had a lot of success in Florida. I love it. It is my second home.”
Other states he’s been to: Delaware -1; Pennsylvania – 1; South Carolina – 1; Virginia – 2 (Not counting visits to Pentagon and Andrews AFB).
Vice President Pence attends the closed Gridiron dinner.
What you missed yesterday
Rex Tillerson – silent on human rights?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been under fire from Republican Sen. Marco Rubio – along with human rights groups – for not honoring the long tradition of, which is expected Friday.
Kellyanne Conway says you need “bile in your throat” to run for office
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is opening up about the pressures of working in the male-dominated world of politics. CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell spoke with her and her family in their New Jersey home.
Asked, Conway told O’Donnell she would not run for office.
“It’s not just the fire in your belly anymore. You have to have the bile in your throat. And this is why I think many women do not run for office,” Conway told O’Donnell. “Many good men and women who would —”
“Bile in your throat?” O’Donnell asked.
Trump tweets about Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi photos with Putin, Russian envoy
After a week of noticeably less Twitter activity,over their treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions because of his contacts with Russian Envoy Sergey Kislyak.
Mr. Trump tweeted a demand for an investigation of Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over a photo of him with Russian President Vladimir Putin from 2003, and over House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over a photo showing her seated at a table with Kislyak, whom she denied having met.
DOD: Latest U.S. airstrikes in Yemen not based on commando raid intel
The last two nights of U.S.were not based on intelligence collected during , Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said Friday.
Over the last two days, the U.S. has conducted more than 30 airstrikes, but has not been involved in any of the reported firefights.
The latest airstrikes are part of a stepped up campaign against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula that was developed near the end of the Obama administration, and which began with the Jan. 28 raid that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens and several civilians. President Trump and his staff have repeatedly pronounced the raid a success, and the Pentagon also stated that a lot of intelligence came out of the raid.
Trump tweets about a merit-based immigration system
President Trump on Friday, citing the systems used by Australia and Canada as potential models to pursue.
The president posted a single tweet about his vision on Twitter, naming the book “Green Card Warrior” as a must-read.
What would happen to healthcare?
Health insurance tax credits, mandates, taxation of employer coverage, essential benefits. Mind-numbing health care jargon is flying around again. It’s time to start paying attention.
The GOP plan emerging in the House would mean less government, and many fear that will translate to less coverage and a step backward as a nation. Still, there would be new options for middle-class people who buy their own policies but don’t now qualify for help under the ACA. Some popular provisions such as allowing young adults to stay on a parental plan remain untouched.
Trump to pitch school vouchers at Orlando Catholic school
In an effort to, President Trump will visit St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando on Friday to participate in what the White House is calling a “listening session.”
The visit follows up on the president’s nod to education reform in, when he labeled education “the civil rights issue of our time.”
His visit and tour are scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
President Donald Trumpas he made his case for military expansion.
A look at some of his statements from the Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion aircraft carrier being built in Newport News, Virginia:
TRUMP: “We are going to have very soon the finest equipment in the world.”
THE FACTS: Pentagon leaders have said for years that the U.S. already has the world’s best weaponry and military equipment. They sometimes claim the U.S. is in danger of losing its advantage unless the Congress continues to spend heavily to develop and build new generations of weapons.