Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump dines with Japan’s PM, first ladies, Patriot’s owner at Mar-a-Lago

After a friendly meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday, President Trump along with First Lady Melania Trump, Abe, and Japanese First Lady Akie Abe flew to Florida to spend the weekend together at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. The two couples were joined by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for dinner.

–Newsweek

Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump remains ‘fully confident’ in Flynn after report that he discussed sanctions with Russia

A White House official says President Donald Trump has “full confidence” in National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following reports that he discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. after the election.

Trump advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, previously said Flynn did not talk about the sanctions in his conversations with the Russian envoy. But the official said Flynn now says that while he does not recall talking about sanctions, he can’t guarantee the matter did not come up. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump remains ‘fully confident’ in Flynn after report that he discussed sanctions with Russia”

Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump says he may issue new executive order on immigration

President Donald Trump says that he’s considering signing a new executive order on immigration as the one he signed suspending the nation’s refugee program and barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries is held up in court.

Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to Florida that he’s confident he’ll win his court battle. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump says he may issue new executive order on immigration”

Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to White House

President Donald Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a brotherly hug and warm words of admiration Friday, as he ditched previously hard-charging rhetoric towards Tokyo during a White House summit.

Trump praised his guest’s “strong hands,” the pair’s “very, very good chemistry” and rolled out a White House military honor guard in a remarkable public display of diplomatic affection.

“When I greeted him today at the car,” Trump said after an Oval Office meeting, “I shook hands, but I grabbed him and hugged him because that’s the way we feel.”

The odd political couple had lunch at the White House before heading to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for further talks and a round of golf on Saturday. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to White House”

Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump meets Japanese Prime Minister at White House, then travels with him to Mar-a-Lago

9:00 am: Recieves his daily intelligence briefing

9:30 am: Tapes the weekly address; Diplomatic Room

10:00 am: Meets with Sen. Mitch McConnelll

Noon: Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

1:00: Holds a joint press conference with Abe; East Room

1:35 pm: Has a working lunch with Abe; State Dining Room

3:00 pm: Departs White House

5:45 pm: Arrives West Palm Beach, Florida

8:00 pm: Has dinner with First Lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and Mrs. Abe

Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump promises to continue fighting for travel ban

President Trump took to social media Friday to continue attacking an appeals court decision against his proposed travel ban from seven Muslim countries.

“A disgraceful decision!” Trump tweeted.

The president did not outline his next step but indicated to reporters he would appeal the decision and continue pursuing the ban.

“We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake and it’s a very, very serious situation, so we look forward … to seeing them in court,” Trump said right after the ruling. “We’re going to win the case.”

–USA Today

Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to White House

Abe plans to address Trump’s concerns about Japanese trade policies and defense spending during a summit scheduled to stretch out over two days. After Friday meetings at the White House, the Japanese leader is expected to join Trump on Air Force One for a trip to the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. The Saturday agenda includes a round of golf.

“The amount of time that the president is going to spend with Prime Minister Abe is considerable,” said Michael Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan at the Washington-based Center for Strategic & International Studies. “Abe clearly wants to start a relationship with the current administration.” Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 10, 2017: Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to White House”