Today in Trumpworld — March 7

- Maret 07, 2018


11 a.m.: President Donald Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office.

11:40 a.m.: Trump will depart the White House en route to Washington, D.C.’s JW Marriott.

12 p.m.: Trump will deliver remarks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Affairs Summit at the JW Marriott.

12:40 p.m.: Trump will arrive back at the White House.

6:45 p.m.: Trump will depart the White House en route to a private residence for dinner.

8:15 p.m.: Trump will arrive back at the White House.

DAILY BRIEFING: Press secretary Sarah Sanders will brief the press at the White House at 2 p.m.

TRUMP’S TWITTER THIS MORNING: “From Bush 1 to present, our Country has lost more than 55,000 factories, 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs and accumulated Trade Deficits of more than 12 Trillion Dollars. Last year we had a Trade Deficit of almost 800 Billion Dollars. Bad Policies & Leadership. Must WIN again! #MAGA”

DOES ANYONE STILL WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE?: From the New York Times’ Kate Kelly and Maggie Haberman: “Gary D. Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, said on Tuesday that he would resign, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration. … More than one in three top White House officials left by the end of Mr. Trump’s first year and fewer than half of the 12 positions closest to the president are still occupied by the same people as when he came into office, according to a Brookings Institution study. Mr. Cohn’s departure will bring the turnover number to 43 percent, according to updated figures compiled by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution.”

WHAT COHN’S EXIT MEANS: From POLITICO’s Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook: “For many longtime Republican policy wonks and senior aides on Capitol Hill, Gary Cohn served as a touchstone. He was seen as the rare Trump administration official who did a good job of navigating substantive policy questions as well as the sometimes opaque decision-making process in President Donald Trump’s White House. But with his resignation announcement Tuesday, Cohn joins the long list of policy experts who have departed in recent months — a brain drain that leaves the president with fewer people around him who know how to get policy made, and how to stop Trump from moving ahead with unworkable ideas. Some worry the White House could return to the uncontrolled days immediately following Trump’s inauguration, when many West Wing jobs were still unfilled and former strategist Steve Bannon was writing executive orders with policy adviser Stephen Miller, including the disastrous travel ban that was ultimately knocked down by multiple courts. ‘The number of bad ideas that have come though this White house that were thankfully killed dead — there are too many to count,’ a White House official told POLITICO. ‘With Gary gone, I just think, from a policy perspective, it means disaster.’”

STORMY DANIELS — A STORY THAT WON’T GO AWAY: From the Washington Post’s Beth Reinhard, Frances Stead Sellers and Emma Brown: “Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she was paid to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, sued the president Tuesday, asking the court to declare that her nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election is void because Trump did not sign it. In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said she had wanted to go public with the story of her alleged decade-old affair with Trump in the weeks leading up to the election. The lawsuit was first reported by NBC News. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Daniels’s attorney at the time, Keith Davidson, negotiated what the lawsuit calls a ‘hush agreement’ in which she would be paid $130,000. After delays and even a cancellation of the contract by Daniels on Oct. 17, the payment arrived on Oct. 27, 12 days before the election, according to emails reviewed by The Washington Post. Cohen said recently that he had used his own money to ‘facilitate’ the payment. The lawsuit suggests that Trump was aware of the agreement and that the money was intended to influence the election’s outcome. That intimation bolsters two complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission that say the payment violated election law because it was not reported as an in-kind campaign donation.”

MUELLER WATCH: From the Washington Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Josh Dawsey: “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has requested documents and interviewed witnesses about incidents involving Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer for President Trump whose wide-ranging portfolio has given him a unique vantage point into Trump’s business, campaign and political activities. There is no indication that Cohen is a subject or target of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But the scrutiny of his interactions is another sign of the far-reaching nature of the special-counsel probe, which is examining members of the president’s inner circle and aspects of Trump’s past business outreach to Russia. As one of Trump’s closest advisers, Cohen played a role in at least two episodes involving Russian interests that have drawn Mueller’s attention, according to several people familiar with document subpoenas and witness interviews.”


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