President Donald J. Trump is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants. The White House quickly denied the startling Associated Press report. But here’s the full draft memo on the proposal that was obtained by the news service.
Distrust of Trump, his attempt to impose a travel ban, and reports of raids in other states have led to rampant rumors and disrupted lives among Massachusetts immigrants.
Trump delivered a speech at a Boeing plant in South Carolina in which he mainly stuck to familiar promises to create jobs, cut taxes, and boost the economy. “My focus has been all about jobs,” he said. “America is going to start winning again, winning like never, ever before.”
Senate Republicans wielded their majority to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Former Massachusetts Republican US Senator Scott Brown is being considered for ambassador to New Zealand, the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan reports.
The morning headlines
Trump excoriated the media in a hastily called, rambling press conference Thursday and pledged to hunt down and prosecute government leakers. He also said that “nobody I know of” on his campaign staff had been in touch with the Russian government, the Globe’s Astead W. Herndon reports.
Some of the things Trump uttered were false. Here’s a fact check. (More on the epic press conference below)
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents that he had discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. His statements contradicted communications intercepts — and lying to the FBI is a felony. But officials said it was unclear if prosecutors would charge him.
Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down Trump’s offer to replace Flynn, in another blow to the struggling administration.
The Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a “logistical nightmare” and taxpayers are footing the bill.
After Trump’s speech Friday, he was expected to travel to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, where he plans, among other things, to hit the links. It’s his third weekend in a row there. He also plans to hold a political rally on Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., and has said he expects “massive” crowds.
What’s he been tweeting?
Up early, Trump at 5:10 a.m. Friday posted a tweet saying repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is “moving fast.” He promoted his South Carolina speech and thanked people for the “nice statements” after his news conference.
Despite the long delays by the Democrats in finally approving Dr. Tom Price, the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is moving fast!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Going to Charleston, South Carolina, in order to spend time with Boeing and talk jobs! Look forward to it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
He also drummed up suspense about who he will pick to replace Flynn, now that Harward has taken a pass on the job.
General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA - as are three others.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
More on that Thursday news conference
First, here’s a transcript.
And here’s the video, all 1 hour and 17 minutes of it:
Some things to watch for:
Trump said his controversial travel ban executive order is being rewritten to conform with the federal court rulings that have held it up.
Trump asked a black reporter who had a question if she would set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
Trump backed down after making the incorrect statement about his victory in the Electoral College.
Trump announced his new pick for labor secretary, a day after his original pick withdrew.
Trump acknowledged that he had considered putting a billionaire ally in charge of a review of the intelligence agencies, a favorite Trump target, but said it might not be necessary.
The Globe’s James Pindell says in his Ground Game analysis that the news conference was less of a news conference and more an “airing of grievances.”
About that “mess” Trump says he inherited ...
Here’s another fact-check.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week.
A day after Trump said he didn’t care if there was a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, administration members, including UN ambassador Nikki Haley, said they would be happy with a two-state solution, which has long been US policy.
The Trump campaign sent out a “push poll”-type survey asking loaded questions about the media and soliciting donations.
House Republicans left a meeting with some new details on the options GOP leaders are considering to replace the Affordable Care Act, but without a fully formed plan.
The weekly address
Trump said, “We’re working tirelessly on your behalf,” in his weekly address, which was released Friday. Here it is: