Fri, Feb. 17, 2017: Trump talks jobs at Boeing plant in South Carolina (Video)

More than two months after he publicly criticized Boeing over the costs of a new Air Force One, President Trump visited one of the aircraft company’s newest facilities Friday: a plant in North Charleston, S.C., where the company will unveil a new version of its 787 Dreamliner.

“I have to say, I love South Carolina. I love it,” Trump told a large crowd Friday, saying that his campaign hadn’t been expected to win the state — presumably referring to the Republican primary season — but that he had won in “a landslide.”

Speaking after receiving a tour of the plant, Trump headlined an event that also included both the Rev. Eric Manning of Emanuel AME Church in North Charleston and Gov. Henry McMaster, along with Boeing CEO Dennis A. Muilenburg. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 17, 2017: Trump talks jobs at Boeing plant in South Carolina (Video)”

Fri, Feb. 17, 2017: Trump visits Boeing facility in South Carolina

10:10 am: Departs White House

Noon: Arrives in North Charleston, South Carolina

12:10 pm: Meets with Dennis Muilenburg, the Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of the Boeing Company; Boeing Company Facility; North Charleston, South Carolina

12:25 pm: Tours the Boeing Company facility

1:05 pm: Makes remarks at the unveiling of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

1:40 pm: Tours the Boeing Company 787 Dreamliner aircraft

2:05 pm: Departs North Charleston

3:30 pm: Arrives West Palm Beach

Thur, Feb. 16, 2017: In press conference, Trump attacks media, defends administration

President Donald Trump mounted a vigorous defense of his presidency Thursday, pushing back against media reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information.

Nearly a month into his presidency, Trump said in a free-wheeling White House news conference that his new administration had made “significant progress” and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a soaring stock market.

The president denounced media reports of a chaotic start to his administration marked by a contentious executive order — now tied up in a legal fight — to place a ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

“This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine,” Trump declared. He said he would announce a “new and very comprehensive order to protect our people.” Continue reading “Thur, Feb. 16, 2017: In press conference, Trump attacks media, defends administration”

First Lady Melania Trump, Sara Netanyahu visit African American Museum in D.C.

While President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, first lady Melania and Sara Netanyahu toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu left the White House at about 2:30 p.m. Trump was wearing a white one-piece peplum dress with her hair down, while Netanyahu sported a pink knee-length coat over a pink dress.

Upon arrival at the museum, the duo met Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum directors escorted the first ladies around the facility and gave them a verbal tour of the 19th Smithsonian institution. They stopped by the Greensboro Lunch Counter, where four black residents of Greensboro, N.C., launched a sit-in at a restaurant inside the Woolworth department store on South Elm Street.

Trump and Netanyahu’s tour stopped at the statue of Thomas Jefferson to see the exhibit called “The Paradox of Liberty,” a reference to the founding father’s owning slaves.

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Trump plans to appoint Stephen A. Feinberg to conduct review of intelligence agencies

President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.

The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael T. Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he requested.

There has been no announcement of Mr. Feinberg’s job, which would be based in the White House, but he recently told his company’s shareholders that he is in discussions to join the Trump administration. He is a member of Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council.

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