President Barack Obama was irked and exasperated in response to his successor’s uncorroborated wiretapping accusation, sources near to the former president tell CNN, however these sources say Obama’s response stopped short of outright fury.

Obama and his aides reacted with mistrust when they learned of President Donald Trump’s Saturday morning tweets laying out the charges. Later in the day, an Obama spokesman said “neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

The sources gave CNN with slightly different insight into Obama’s demeanor than other people who told The Wall Street Journal that Obama was “livid.”

Obama’s loyal army of supporters have been much more dynamic in voicing their dissatisfaction with Trump. On social media and television, former aides have been aggressively pushing back on Trump in the first weeks of his presidency.

Presidents Trump and Obama have not talked since Inauguration Day, when Obama invited Trump for coffee in the White House and accompanied him to the US Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony.

The two men had created what Trump termed a “warm” relationship in the run-up to Trump’s inauguration, fostered by an in-person meeting in the Oval Office and several phone discussions.

Yet, individuals near both men recognize that the bitterness of the presidential campaign, paired with Trump’s longstanding antagonism toward Obama regarding his birth certificate, would make a close relationship improbable.

On the end of the week that Trump levied his explosive charges, Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, were spotted at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on a private tour of artist Theaster Gates’ new exhibition. The President was all smiles when he departed the museum, dressed casually and carrying a bag from the gallery’s gift shop.

Asked Monday whether Trump’s claims would harm the relationship between the 44th and 45th presidents, White House press secretary Sean Spicer downplayed any tensions.

“I think that they’ll be just fine,” Spicer said.

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President Donald Trump signed a new executive order monday that bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, dropping Iraq from January’s previous order, and reinstates a temporary blanket ban on all refugees.

The new travel ban comes six weeks after Trump’s original executive order caused chaos at airports nationwide before it was blocked by federal courts. It removes out language in the unique request that uncertainly banned Syrian refugees furthermore called for prioritizing those confirmation of refugees who are religious minorities for their home nations. That provision drew criticism of a religious test for entry and would have prioritized Christians over Muslims fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East.

The new ban, which takes effect march 16, additionally explicitly exempts citizens of the six banned countries who are legal US permanent residents or have valid visas to enter the US – including those whose visas were revoked during the original implementation of the ban, senior administration officials said.

“We cannot compromise our nation’s security by allowing visitors entry when their own governments are unable or unwilling to provide the information we need to vet them responsibly, or when those governments actively support terrorism,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said monday.

The new measures will block citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from obtaining visas for at least 90 days. The order likewise suspends admission of refugees into the US for 120 days, directing US officials to improve vetting measures for a program that is already widely regarded as greatly stringent.

Trump signed the executive order earlier monday in the Oval Office outside the view of reporters and news cameras, after more than three weeks of repeated delays, the latest of which came after White House officials decided last week to delay the signing to avoid cutting into positive coverage of Trump’s joint address to Congress.

The delays also came amid an intense lobbying effort from Iraqi government officials, including from the country’s prime minister, to remove Iraq from the original seven-state list of banned countries.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iraq’s removal from the list came after an intense review from the State Department to improve vetting of Iraqi citizens in collaboration with the Iraqi government, though he did not specify how vetting had been improved.

He said: “The United States welcomes this kind of close cooperation. This revised order will bolster the security of the United States and our allies.”

The rollout of the revised travel ban marks an important moment for the administration, which has little room for error after the chaotic debut of the original plan. That failure raised questions about the new White House’s capacity to govern and to master the political intricacies needed to manage complicated political endeavors in Washington. It also brought Trump into conflict with the judiciary in the first sign of how constitutional checks and balances could challenge his vision of a powerful presidency built on expansive executive authority.

The original order came under intense criticism as an attempt to bar Muslims from entering the country, and Trump’s call during the campaign for a “Muslim Ban” was cited in court cases attacking the ban.

The new order does not prioritize religious minorities when considering refugee admissions cases.

Administration officials Monday stressed they do not see the ban as targeting a specific religion.

“(The order is) not any way targeted as a Muslim ban… we want to make sure everyone understands that,” an official told reporters.

“The Department of Justice believes that this executive order just as the first executive order is a lawful and proper exercise of presidential authority,” Sessions said.

Democrats responded by calling Trump’s order a repeat version of the first attempt.

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President Donald Trump is very frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions to steal his thunder in the wake of his address to Congress, sources tell CNN.

“Nobody has seen him that upset,” one source said, adding that the feeling was the communications team allowed the Sessions news, which the administration deemed a nonstory, to overtake the narrative.

On Thursday, Sessions recused himself from any current or future investigations into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign after it was reported he had met with the Russian ambassador to the US, something he had previously failed to disclose.

In particular, the renewed focus on Russia is seen as a major letdown after Tuesday when top officials were riding high, congratulating one another on Trump’s speech to Congress.

“The staff fumbled,” Trump told the team for not being prepared when the Sessions story came out, according to another source.

The President was “hot” and exasperated thursday night after Sessions’ recusal, a source familiar with the situation said, considering it hasty and overkill.

When the President returned to the White House thursday evening from a day trip to Virginia, there were “a lot of expletives.” The source said for more than a week Trump had been lamenting that his senior staff “just keep getting in their own way.”

“The President had a fantastic week advancing his agenda to lift up all Americans and keep the nation safe. His joint session speech will go down in history as one of the best,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in response to CNN’s reporting.

The President is showing increasing flashes of anger over the performance of his senior staff and daily developments about Russia overshadowing his message, multiple people inside the White House and outside the administration told CNN.

Trump voiced his frustration to his inner circle in the Oval Office friday, sources said. He feels attacked by the media, former Obama administration officials and others, and frustrated that things are not going more smoothly. The President expressed his anger at non-stop leaks undermining his administration, the sources said.

One source familiar with the friday meeting said Trump was angry at senior staff, including chief of staff Reince Priebus, about the state of affairs at the White House this week.

Word had spread through the White House that Priebus had been chewed out but those in the room dispute that.

Priebus declined to comment on the record about the meeting.

One official, who was in the Oval Office, said that there was an “animated discussion” about a number of subjects during the meeting – the forthcoming immigration executive order, health care and Russia developments.

Trump is upset because he doesn’t believe he is getting credit he thinks he deserves for his time office so far because of self-inflicted wounds and missteps, the source said. An informed presidential ally outside government but close to the President said Trump was really angry about having a “mini disaster” a week. The President’s mood is adding to enormous pressure inside the West Wing and aides have been seen in tears in recent days at multiple meetings.

With so much on the administration’s plate – leaks, Russia story, pending executive order and Obamacare repeal and replacement – Priebus said that he would not go to Florida with the President this weekend as had been previously planned, a source told CNN. He was on the manifest, and a big donor reception by the Republican National Committee which Priebus used to chair was on Preibus’ schedule.

But the President said that he thought it wouldn’t be a good idea since he is not happy with the state of matters right now, the same source said.

A White House official disputed that Priebus was supposed to travel to Florida, adding that he stayed home this weekend for a family celebration.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who initially decided to also stay in Washington Friday, ended up traveling to Florida Saturday and is joining Trump, Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

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The first weeks of a US presidency are typically filled with confidence – a new face with a clean slate settles into the White House and maps out a vision for the next four years.

Yet this period to President Donald Trump has been a rocky one, overwhelmed toward mounting Russia issues.

A scandal over communications between key Trump aides and Russian officials ahead of the President’s inauguration widened yet again on Friday as it emerged that Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner had met with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, at a time when the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia was under close scrutiny.

On Wednesday evening it emerged that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had also met with Kislyak twice during the campaign period, even though he told Congress upon his confirmation that he did not communicate with any Russian officials.

It is a case of deja vu for Trump – just two weeks earlier his top national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation with the same diplomat, Kislyak.

Here’s a rundown of the latest Russia issues dogging the Trump administration.

Kislyak is proving poisonous for the Trump administration – two senior officials appointed by the President were found to have spoken with the ambassador before the administration’s first day on the job, and then failed to disclose those talks when asked about communications with Russia.

Kislyak is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington, according to current and former senior US government officials. Russian officials dispute this characterization.

In a conference call with journalists Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said: “Nobody has heard a single statement from US intelligence agencies’ representatives regarding our ambassador. Again, these are some depersonalized assumptions of the media that are constantly trying to blow this situation out of proportion.”

When asked about Russia during his confirmation hearing, Sessions responded that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”

But a Justice Department official later confirmed that Sessions had met with Kislyak twice – in july on the sidelines of the Republican convention and in September in his office when he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sessions responded to the allegations swiftly on Wednesday, saying he had “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign,” and describing the allegations as “false.”

Sessions’s spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, said there was nothing “misleading about his answer” as he was not asked specifically about “meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee.”

Sessions was forced to recuse himself from overseeing any investigation involving the Trump election campaign.

And on Friday, a senior administration official told CNN that Kushner and Flynn had met with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December for an “introductory meeting.” The meeting lasted for about 10 minutes, the official added.

Kushner’s involvement in a meeting was first reported by The New Yorker, and Flynn’s by The New York Times.

The official disputed the idea that accepting a meeting with the Russian ambassador could be cause for concern in light of the discussion about Russian meddling in the US election, characterizing the meeting as merely an attempt to meet key international players during the transition to power. The official added that Kushner met with dozens of other ambassadors.

Flynn had resigned amid revelations that he misled the then Vice President-elect Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak.

The Washington Post first reported phone calls made in December before Trump took office, including some on the same day that the Obama administration placed fresh sanctions on Russia over the alleged election meddling.

Law enforcement and intelligence officials also told CNN that the calls were made that day – he had told Pence in a briefing that he had not been in communication with Russian officials, the White House says.

He admitted to briefing Pence “with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador” and was forced to resign on February 13 after just 23 days on the job.

A US official confirmed to CNN that Flynn and Kislyak spoke about fresh sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration.

An ongoing investigation into Russia’s activities in the US – following the country’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election – has opened up a Pandora’s box for the Trump administration.

Flynn’s resignation came after reports emerged that the Justice Department had told the White House about Flynn’s phone calls with the ambassador.

Just two days later, law enforcement, administration and intelligence officials told CNN that high-level advisers close to Trump were in constant communication with Russia known to US intelligence during the election campaign.

They named Flynn as well as then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who denies the accusations.

“That is 100% not true, at least as far as me,” Manafort said.

“I cannot believe that they are including me in anything like that. I have not been involved in any of these activities.”

Flynn did not respond to CNN’s request for comment regarding the report.

The frequency of their communications during early summer “raised a red flag” with US intelligence and law enforcement, according to the officials CNN spoke with.

The communications were intercepted during routine intelligence collection targeting Russian officials and other Russian nationals known to US agencies.

Trump dismissed the claims in a tweet, saying the “Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

The President has complained of the leaks coming out of intelligence agencies, branding them as a threat to security and calling the media stories that followed “fake news.”

Just over a week before Trump was sworn in, CNN reported that Trump and then-President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of a dossier making damning but unsubstantiated allegations, including that Russian operatives had compromising information on Trump.

In February, US investigators said they had corroborated some details in the 35-page document, compiled by a former British intelligence agent, through intercepted communications, giving some weight to the veracity of at least parts of the document as other allegations are investigated.

Investigators did not confirm some of the more salacious allegations, but did detail around a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals mentioned in the document, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN.

The two-page synopsis originally presented to Trump and Obama included allegations of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.

The White House has denied the allegations made in the dossier and alsodismissed them as “fake news.” Russian President Vladimir Putin also shrugged off the allegations as “rubbish.”

Both Trump’s team and Russian officials had called for better relations between the old Cold War adversaries, and Trump and Putin openly exchanged compliments during the campaign.

Despite the Kremlin’s calls for warmer relations, Russia has made a string of provocative moves since Trump took office. On February 14, a senior military official told CNN that Russia had deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation.

The Kremlin denied that it had violated the treaty.

Moscow has also positioned a spy ship off the coast of Delaware and carried out flights near a US Navy warship, concerning American officials. The US administration has not officially drawn any links between the three events.

The ground-launched cruise missile seems to run counter to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the military official said. The New York Times first reported is deployment.

While declining to speak on intelligence matters, a spokesman for the US State Department said that Russia was in violation of the treaty.

Acting spokesman Mark Toner said that Russia was obliged “not to possess, produce or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles.”

He said the White House had “made very clear our concerns about Russia’s violation.”

Russia is believed to have tested one such missile in 2014.

On February 10, a US Navy warship in the Black Sea had three encounters with Russian aircraft Friday that were deemed to be unsafe and unprofessional because of how close the Russian planes flew to the US, according to a senior defense official.

Moscow pushed back on the allegation, with Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov telling state media there had been no such incident.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russia’s ambassador during the election regardless of telling his confirmation hearing he had “no communications with the Russians”.

The justice department confirmed he met Sergei Kislyak in july and september last year as part of his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mr Sessions says he did not “discuss any political” issues with Russia.

Claims of Russian interference in the election have dogged President Trump.

The US intelligence community believes the alleged Russian hacking of Democratic organisations was carried out to help Mr Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, was fired last month after he misled the White House about his discussions with Mr Kislyak, allegedly regarding sanctions against Moscow.

The Democrats have reacted with anger at the latest revelations, saying Mr Sessions should resign and at the very least step aside from an FBI probe he is overseeing into the hacking claims.

The Washington Post reported that Mr Sessions and Mr Kislyak held a private conversation in Mr Sessions’s office in september and had spoken earlier in the summer at a meeting with several other ambassadors.

Mr Sessions had meetings with more than 25 foreign ambassadors in the course of the year.

But his meetings with Mr Kislyak came while he was a prominent part of Mr Trump’s campaign team – a so-called surrogate – and amid growing reports of Russian meddling in the US election.

During his confirmation hearing on 10 january, Mr Sessions was asked by Democrat Senator Al Franken: “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government, in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”

Mr Sessions responded: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians. And I’m unable to comment on it.”

In comments to MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme on Thursday, Mr Sessions reiterated: “I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign, and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false, and I don’t have anything else to say about that.”

Justice department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there had been “absolutely nothing misleading about his answer” at the confirmation hearing.

“He 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.

Mr Sessions was also backed by the White House, which condemned the “latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats”.

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Mr Sessions of “lying under oath” and demanded he resign.

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President Donald Trump has said the US is witnessing a “renewal of the American spirit”, as he delivered his first speech to Congress.

Adopting a measured, energetic tone, the Republican president spoke of a “new part of American greatness”.

Mr Trump censured later vandalism of Jewish cemeteries what’s more a shooting clinched alongside Kansas that exited a indian man dead.

As much primetime address looked to reinforce as much low endorsement appraisals after a rough start should as much juvenile presidency.

In those beginning about tuesday night’s hour-long speech, mr Trump handled late suspected loathe crimes, stating “we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms”.

On immigration, he dangled the intriguing possibility of a major policy shift towards a goal that eluded his two predecessors, insisting that “real and positive” reform was possible.

That line came hours after he told news anchors off the record at a White House lunch that he might be open to granting legal status to undocumented immigrants.

In his remarks on Capitol Hill, the president also talked tough on the issue, pledging to make US communities safer “by finally enforcing our immigration laws”.

He defended his early actions in office, touting his moves to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and order work to start on a US-Mexico border wall.

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For Republicans willing with disassemble Obamacare, President Donald Trump’s prime-time location on congress tuesday night is molding dependent upon likewise a high-stakes proposition.

More than five weeks after Inauguration Day, Trump is set to deliver a speech that lays out his vision for the country and highlights his most urgent policy priorities. Trump has said that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is at the top of his agenda – but so far, his public remarks about overhauling the health care system have proved to be a mixed bag for fellow Republicans.

Looking into monday, on the eve for as much joint location to Congress, Trump might have been characteristically gruff. “Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said about health care reform during a meeting with governors. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

The comments acknowledged the myriad of problems GOP leaders have confronted in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“It’s complicated. In fact, it’s almost impossible, but we’ll figure it out,” said GOP Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell want to see Trump offer more specifics on health care – and publicly back the House GOP plan, sources tell CNN.

Throughout a meeting during those White House looking into monday, Ryan might have been provided for those feeling that the organization will be grasping a significant part of the house GOP want looking into Obamacare furthermore that the President will make that clear for as much discourse.

This should help reassure House Republican leaders and their aides, some of whom had been growing increasingly concerned by the President’s unwillingness to embrace – or, many believe, fully understand – the congressional approach to health care.

If Trump doesn’t better articulate his support for their plan, “it is in trouble,” a GOP Hill aide said earlier in the week.

“This is a critical moment for him to get behind this,” another senior Republican congressional aide said.

Top Republicans have been slowed down by numerous intra-party disagreements, including over how much of the health care law to repeal and how fast.

Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus Chairman, told CNN monday that he would not support a draft of the House GOP leadership’s repeal bill that was leaked last week. Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, announced his opposition hours later. A widespread defection within the conservative wing of the party could tank the party’s efforts to repeal Obamacare altogether.

Republicans are hoping that Trump will seize Tuesday night’s closely watched speech to send a unifying message on Obamacare.

“We talk about (health care) all day every day so we’ve got lots and lots of ideas. They need to be brought together in a single course and agreed on. That’s where we need to be,” Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch told CNN. “He’s the president. He needs to be part of this also.”

The leaked House bill revealed Republicans are eying major cuts to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion – a tension point for some Republican governors who have benefitted from the boost in federal dollars. The plan also included a defunding of Planned Parenthood, something that moderate Republicans like Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski have already drawn a line against supporting.

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Donald Trump needs to make a sale.

The businessman-turned President need as much best possibility on lighted energy behind as much organization security tuesday night the point when he strides under those house chamber amid the display about as much to begin with deliver should a Joint Session about Congress.

Trump will venture up of the speaker’s platform after a tumultuous five weeks previously, office, to which he need began settling on beneficial for as much race guarantees as well as whipped up debate furthermore disturbance for as much quintessential political style.

In this way there may be little sign that those new President’s authoritative agenda, which incorporates repealing also trading Obamacare, an enormous assessment overhaul, what’s more a trillion-dollar framework program, is anyplace close to hailing will fulfillment.

That might rapidly turn out to a chance to be an issue to those President as a result there is just to such an extent he might do by flexing as much force through official requests – as much fundamental strategy to date of indicating that he may be heading adrift the country for another course.

So Trump is under intense pressure to show that his White House can be effective in delivering on the sweeping changes he has promised by working with allies on Capitol Hill. The President may also see the need to reach out to Democrats who may be locked out of power in Washington but have the numbers in the Senate to frustrate Trump – notably by slowing down the confirmation of his top cabinet members.

Trump aides are promising an “optimistic” speech designed to rally Americans toward a hopeful future, and say the President’s topics have been influenced by a series of “listening” sessions he has held in his first weeks in office with business executives, union leaders and blue collar workers.

He will start off by noting that he made big promises in the campaign – and that he has kept some of them already, including pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal and putting job creation at the center of his political agenda.

The President plans to talk directly to the country and stress the need to solve “real problems for real people,” a senior administration official said.

Following a string of raucous lawmaker town hall meetings in recent weeks, it is imperative that the President spells out a message that his own troops can get behind and explain to their own voters back in their districts.

Republican lawmakers have been left particularly exposed by the apparent lack of a plan to reform the Affordable Care Act, amid boiling anger among many Americans who fear losing their health care.

Despite voting multiple times to repeal the law during the Obama administration, Republicans have failed to show that they have a clear plan for a replacement, and Trump’s frequent but unspecific promises to produce a much better health care system have done little to alleviate the pressure.

“Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said, when talking about health care at a meeting of governors on Monday. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

The President also needs to use Tuesday’s address to buy himself some political time. Trump’s approval ratings are hovering at depths never seen for a modern president so early in his administration.

Some 44% of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, while 48% disapprove, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll published on Sunday.

Trump remains a highly divisive figure, after the most negative presidential campaign on record, although has consolidated the support of many Republicans. Still, his White House is struggling to fend off a controversy about alleged ties between his campaign and Russia.

Trump’s fast start in office, engineered by a flurry of executive orders fulfilling campaign vows was meanwhile derailed by the chaotic rollout of his travel entry ban on the citizens of seven predominately Muslim nations, which was stayed by federal courts. An amended plan is due to be unveiled this week, so Trump has a chance to explain the need for the ban to voters in a way he neglected to do the first time around.

The address also comes at a moment when the White House is fleshing out the ideological foundation of the Trump presidency. The President’s top political aide Steve Bannon spoke last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference of a relentless effort to dismantle the “administrative state” and a crusade against regulations Republicans believe have crushed innovation and economic growth.

Trump’s discourse of the same meeting struck stark topics of investment patriotism furthermore an America First remote approach.

What’s more in the principal subtle elements of as much imminent plan uncovered around monday, Trump provided for notice of a 10% spike On guard using will a chance to be financed toward soak cuts In different legislature offices what’s more a diminishment done outside support.

On a nod to an additional focal topic from claiming Trump’s campaign, a few relatives for individuals murdered toward undocumented transients will be for in the first place woman Melania Trump’s box on the house gallery for the deliver. They incorporate Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, widows from claiming criminologist Michael Davis and representative sheriff Danny Oliver, who were California police officers slaughtered same time on obligation for 2014.

Trump will likewise highlight as much selection for Judge Neil Gorsuch of the preeminent court at those in the first place woman may be joined by Maureen Scalia, widow about Justice Antonin Scalia who Gorsuch will trade in he will be affirmed.

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Hollywood and Washington conservatives have never gotten along.

But the call to action in this town is hitting a new level during the early days of President Donald Trump’s administration. The entertainment industry’s general antipathy toward Trump was on full display Sunday at the Oscars, where references to the President’s controversial actions during his first month in office were center stage.

“I want to say thank you to President Trump,” host Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening monologue. “I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?”

In a reference to Trump’s targeted travel ban and his administration’s stance on immigration, Kimmel joked that in Hollywood “we don’t discriminate against people based on where they’re from, we discriminate against them based on their age and weight.” He trolled Trump on Twitter and also offered fake mockery of Meryl Streep, who was targeted by Trump earlier this year after she attacked him in a fiery speech at the Golden Globes.

Beyond the jokes which were threaded throughout the evening, perhaps the strongest anti-Trump statement of the night was from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won the Oscar in the foreign language category for “The Salesman.” He announced days earlier that he would not travel to the Oscars as a form of protest against Trump’s travel ban – blocked by federal courts – affecting seven predominantly Muslim nations. In a statement read by his associate, Farhadi said his absence was out of respect for the people of his and the other six countries.

“Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war,” Farhadi’s statement said. “These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.”

Of course, protests from Hollywood often play in the GOP’s hands. Republicans have long dismissed criticism from the entertainment industry as further proof that it’s out of touch, part of the “coastal elite” and an ATM for the political left. Trump, who is leveling similar charges against the news media and announced this weekend he won’t attend the black-tie White House Correspondents’ Dinner, is sure to do the same.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently checked his aides’ cell phones to ensure they weren’t communicating with reporters as part of an aggressive effort to stem the recent tide of White House leaks.

Spicer called staff into his office last week to reiterate his frustration with the leaks, sources with knowledge of the matter said. He informed them that the use of encrypted texting apps, like Signal and Confide, was a violation of the Federal Records Act.

Then, with White House counsel Don McGahn standing by, Spicer asked his staff to provide him with their cell phones so he could ensure they were not using those apps or corresponding privately with reporters.

Spicer asked to review both his staff’s government-issued and personal cell phones, the sources said. He also specifically asked his staff not to leak information about the meeting or his efforts to crack down on leaks to the media, one source said.

The meeting, which Politico first reported, comes as the White House increases security measures to address President Donald Trump’s anger over leaks from administration officials and staffers.

Spicer, who declined to comment on the meeting, was particularly frustrated with the fact that the decision to appoint Mike Dubke as White House communications director, which CNN first reported, was leaked to the press a week earlier, the sources said. Spicer and Dubke are friends, and Spicer had backed his appointment.

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