Sat, Jan. 21, 2017: Press Secretary holds briefing: Tells media administration will hold them ‘accountable’; takes no questions (Video)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared in the White House briefing room to warn the administration was going to hold the press “accountable” and argued that the Trump crowd was the largest inaugural crowd ever. He said any suggestion otherwise was “shameful and wrong.”

Spicer then left the room after the statement without taking questions.


Sat, Jan. 21, 2017: Trump visits CIA with nominee Mike Pompeo (Video)

President Trump visited the CIA on Saturday in a conciliatory bid to end a feud with the intelligence community — a dispute he suggested was overblown by the media — while making clear one of his top priorities will be to destroy Islamic State terror groups.

“We have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism, it has to be eradicated,” said Trump, on his first full day in the White House and his first official agency stop of his presidency.

Trump’s decision to travel to CIA headquarters so quickly after taking office was seen as an attempt at a fresh start with the intelligence agencies he will now rely on for guidance as he makes weighty national security decisions. Following his private meeting with top CIA leaders, Trump said the U.S. had been “restrained” in its efforts to combat terrorism, calling the threat “a level of evil we haven’t seen.” Continue reading “Sat, Jan. 21, 2017: Trump visits CIA with nominee Mike Pompeo (Video)”

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017: Trump attends National Prayer Service

The day after his swearing-in, President Donald Trump participated in an age-old inaugural tradition.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended an interfaith prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral — a tradition that dates back to George Washington.

Over two dozen religious leaders from different faiths were in attendance, according to a statement released from the presidential inaugural committee.

“The interfaith ceremony will be in keeping with the uniting and uplifting inaugural events,” the statement read.

The group of 26 leaders included Dr. Alveda King, a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Cleveland Pastor Darrell Scott, who led the National Diversity Coalition for Trump’s campaign and was later named a vice chair of Trump’s transition team.