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Thursday 02 March 2017 POTUS Schedule

10:30 am – Receives daily intelligence briefing – Oval Office
11:40 am – Departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews – South Lawn
12:40 pm – Arrives at Langley Air Force Base
1:05 pm – Participates in a PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 operations briefing – PCU Gerald R. Ford
1:25 pm – Participates in a PCU Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 leadership meeting – PCU Gerald R. Ford
1:50 pm – Tours the PCU Gerald R. Ford
2:30 pm – Delivers remarks at the PCU Gerald R. Ford
3:55 pm – Departs Langley Air Force Base en route to Joint Base Andrews
4:50 pm – Arrives at the White House – South Lawn

Trump quietly signed bill making it easier for mentally ill people to obtain guns hours before Congress address


President Trump didn’t once talk about guns throughout his entire speech to the joint session of Congress, even though he had, just hours earlier, signed a bill into law making it easier for mentally ill people to obtain them.

Just before he offered the first big address of his presidency, Trump quietly signed a bill undoing an Obama-era regulation that had made it more difficult for people with mental illness to buy guns.

Trump’s bill, called H.J. Res 40, essentially rescinded a measure put into effect by former President Barack Obama that would have added people receiving Social Security funds for certain disabilities, including mental illness, to the national gun background check database.

Obama’s rule, finalized in December, would have ultimately added more than 75,000 names to the database, according to the NRA.

Trump’s measure — which was passed by the Senate and House last week and which he signed late Tuesday afternoon without cameras present — revokes those provisions.

Gun control groups blasted Trump’s move, as well as the silent style in which it was conducted.

“Donald Trump claims he wants to make America safe. Last night he did exactly the opposite by signing a disgraceful law that will make it easier for disabled mentally ill individuals to buy guns,” Brady Campaign President Dan Gross said in a statement. “Americans will literally die as a result.”

“It is a political favor for the NRA, Donald Trump’s single largest campaign backer, and a slap in the face to every American who wants to live in a safer nation,” Gross added. “Shame on you, Mr. President.”

The National Rifle Association, however, lauded the bill.

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Analysis: Only 3 percent of reports on CBS, NBC positive for Trump


A new analysis by a non-partisan media research firm shows that just 3 percent of the reports about President Trump that aired on NBC and CBS were deemed positive.

The data comes from an analysis by Media Tenor, an independent media research firm founded in 1993.

The firm’s analysts watched 370 news stories about Trump on the “NBC Nightly News,” “CBS Evening News” and Fox News’ “Special Report” between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Trump took office the day the analysis began.

Overall the analysis found that on NBC and CBS, 43 percent of stories on Trump were negative, while only 3 percent were positive. Fifty-four percent of reports were considered neutral.

On Fox News’s “Special Report”, the coverage also skewed negative, albeit to a lesser extent.
The Bret Baier-anchored news and analysis program that airs at 6 p.m. ET showed that exactly one-quarter of the reports about Trump were deemed negative by Media Tenor analysts, while 12 percent were deemed positive. The remaining 63 percent were seen as neutral.

The analysis also saw on a difference in terms of editorial focus between Fox and the two broadcast networks studied.

In the case of Fox News, the primary focus was on personnel decisions and economic news, with the latter being mostly positive for Trump since taking office, given record-breaking highs for the stock market and a favorable jobs report last month.

In contrast, NBC and CBS focused mainly on the president’s immigration policy and controversial immigration executive order. The study found that most of these reports were more negative than positive.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized the media last month for being too negative toward the administration.

“The default narrative is always negative, and it’s demoralizing,” Spicer said.

“When we’re right, say we’re right. When we’re wrong, say we’re wrong.”

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Trump delays new travel ban after well-reviewed speech


President Donald Trump has delayed plans to sign a reworked travel ban in the wake of positive reaction to his first address to Congress, a senior administration official told CNN.

The decision came late Tuesday night as positive reviews flooded in for Trump’s speech, which struck a largely optimistic and unifying tone.

Signing the executive order Wednesday, as originally indicated by the White House, would have undercut the favorable coverage. The official didn’t deny the positive reception was part of the administration’s calculus in pushing back the travel ban announcement.

“We want the (executive order) to have its own ‘moment,'” the official said.

The sudden change of plans came as Trump and his top advisers returned to the White House after his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.

Trump’s original executive order, signed a week after he took office, banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US and temporarily suspended the entry of all refugees. A federal court issued a temporary stay that halted implementation of the travel ban earlier this month, a decision that was later upheld by a federal appeals court.

The new travel ban will exclude legal permanent residents and existing visa holders from the ban entirely, sources familiar with the plans told CNN earlier Tuesday.

While sources caution that the document has not yet been finalized and is still subject to change, there will be major changes:

· The new executive order will make clear that legal permanent residents (otherwise known as green card holders) are excluded from any travel ban.

· Those with validly issued visas will also be exempt from the ban.

· The new order is expected to revise or exclude language prioritizing the refugee claims of certain religious minorities.

Speaking in Munich, Germany, earlier this month, Department of Homeland Secretary John Kelly promised a “phased-in” approach to minimize disruption this time around.

But what remains to be seen are the other key aspects of the new executive order, especially in terms of refugees, including:

· What happens to the suspension of the refugee program for 120 days?

· Will Syrian nationals still be barred indefinitely?

· Will the cap on the number of refugees change? The first version of the executive order caps it at 50,000 for fiscal year 2017.

Two sources also expect that the President will formally revoke the earlier executive order, despite repeated statements from White House press secretary Sean Spicer that the two orders would co-exist on a “dual track.”

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Kellyanne Conway photographed making herself comfortable on Oval Office couch, Twitter calls out Trump adviser for disrespect


Kellyanne Conway has already made herself comfortable in the Trump administration.

The senior White House adviser was photographed kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office while the President met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities on Monday.

The set of photos showed Conway situating herself on the couch to take a photo of the group, but social media users took offense at her sitting on the furniture in heels.

“I will only be able to get mad at the way Kellyanne Conway sits on a couch if it turns out she’s hiding … Trump’s tax returns under her,” “Last Week Tonight” writer Josh Gondelman tweeted.

“Conway with her shoes on the couch in Oval Office — consistent with general level of disrespect Trump team has shown,” wrote Kaivan Shroff.

Some even compared Conway’s pose to a 2013 photo of President Obama with one foot on his desk while making a phone call.

The image caused controversy from those who accused the President of disrespect.

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Tuesday 28 February 2017 POTUS Schedule

10:30 a.m.- President Donald Trump receives his daily intelligence briefing – Oval Office.

11:00 a.m.- Trump will meet with the National Association of Attorneys General – East Room.

12:30 p.m.- Trump will have lunch with network anchors and other members of the press – East Room.

1:30 p.m.- Trump will sign H.R. 321 and H.R. 255

1:50 p.m.- Trump will sign an executive order directing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to re-examine President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rule- Roosevelt Room.

2:10 p.m.-Trump will sign an executive order aimed at boosting Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Oval Office.

2:45 p.m.- Trump will visit with guests for his address to his speech to the Joint Session of Congress – Oval Office.

8:30 p.m.- Trump will depart the White House for the Capitol.

9:10 p.m.- Trump addresses the Joint Session of Congress.

10:30 p.m.- Trump will depart the Capitol for the White House.

Spicer searches staffers’ phones in leak crackdown


Frustrated by leaks in the Trump administration, the White House cracked down on staffers last week, making them pile their phones on a table to prove they had nothing to hide, Politico reported Sunday, citing sources.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer assembled the group of communication staffers in his office in the West Wing, scolded them about details of private conversations appearing in media reports and made them surrender their phones and other electronic devices to be examined, the website reported.

Spicer sought advice from White House counsel Don McGhan before calling the meeting and carrying out the “phone checks.”

He warned that encrypted messaging apps — such as Confide and Signal — violated the Federal Records Act, sources in the White House meeting told Politico.

Before the meeting at Spicer’s office, staffers had to put their electronic devices on a table, Politico reported.

Spicer expressed his frustration with the media finding out about private meetings, and made clear he didn’t want the phone checks to be leaked to the press.

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Trump unable to name a time when he deserved criticism


President Trump in an interview broadcast Tuesday was unable to name a time when he deserved criticism.

“Can you give me an example of a time when someone was critical of you and you thought to yourself, ‘I deserved that hit, I deserved that column,’ ” “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade asked the president.

“No, probably I could never do that,” Trump responded.

Trump during the interview also rated his performance as commander in chief, giving himself an A+ for effort and an A for achievement. But Trump was critical of himself when it came to messaging, grading himself with a C or C+.

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Gun rights advocates can publish lawmakers’ addresses, judge rules


Gun owners’ rights advocates are free to publish the home addresses and telephone numbers of California state lawmakers who voted for firearms restrictions, a federal judge decided Monday.

It is the second time in a week that judges decided that California lawmakers went too far in protecting the private information of public figures.

U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of Fresno issued a preliminary injunction Monday blocking a state law that lets public officials demand that their private information be removed from the internet if they fear for their safety or the safety of their families.

O’Neill ruled that the state law is too broad and violates the advocates’ free speech rights. Publishing the lawmakers’ personal information “is a form of political protest,” he said in a 38-page opinion.

The bloggers were protesting a law that requires the state to collect the personal information of those who buy firearms and ammunition in California. When viewed in that context, the judge decided, “the legislators’ personal information becomes a matter of public concern.”

A California blogger who goes by the pseudonym “Doe Publius” and writes under the name “The Real Write Winger” posted the identifying information for 40 state lawmakers after Governor Jerry Brown signed several gun control bills into law in July 2016. It was later republished by another blogger.

“These tyrants are no longer going to be insulated from us,” he wrote. “These are the people who voted to send you to prison if you exercise your rights and liberties” as a gun owner.

At least six state senators reported receiving threatening phone calls or social media messages that appeared to have been prompted by the blog entry, according to court documents.

Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine soon demanded, on behalf of lawmakers, that two advocates remove the information from their websites.

“Disturbing,” Senate spokesman Anthony Reyes said in a one-word statement about O’Neill’s decision.

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