May 23, 2018

Rudy Giuliani's ironclad legal strategy strikes again.

Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that he is now recommending that Trump sit for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"I guess I'd rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy," said Giuliani. “The safe course you hear every lawyer say is don't do the interview, and that's easy to say in the abstract. That's much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed."

Giuliani has flip-flopped when it comes to whether or not Trump should grant an interview to Mueller, who is leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference during the 2016 election. On Tuesday, Giuliani said that "the answer would have to be no," but apparently the president's view on the matter has changed several times as well.

Trump agrees with attorneys who advise him against an interview, said Giuliani, then "he goes right back to, 'why shouldn't I?'" Giuliani told the Post that Trump was frustrated but optimistic: "His tweeting has been effective" in discrediting the investigation, said Giuliani. "He feels the public opinion is turning in his favor."

Even though Trump is apparently unconcerned, Giuliani worried that investigators would accuse him of committing perjury in an interview. "They may have a different version of the truth than we do," he said. Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza

April 11, 2018

President Trump started his Wednesday morning, as he so often does, on Twitter. But it appears that he was multitasking.

The president tweeted out some conflicting views on Russia — sent just 30 minutes apart — that just so happened to align with a couple of segments on one of his most regularly-watched shows, Fox & Friends.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria," the president tweeted. "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"" Just half an hour before Trump challenged Russia to an missile fight, Fox & Friends discussed Russia's pledge to shoot down any U.S. missiles in Syria.

Later in the morning talk show, host Brian Kilmeade described the effects of U.S. sanctions against Russian oligarchs and hackers who were involved in Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election. The show described the struggles of the Russian economy, mentioning market drops and the decreasing value of the ruble. Half an hour later, Trump shared his thoughts, seemingly a quick change of heart from his previous tough tone: "Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it ever has been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy," he tweeted. Fox & Friends doesn't end until 10 a.m., so stay sharp, everyone. Summer Meza

April 10, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday surged nearly 500 points, or about 2 percent, after Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to offer an olive branch to ease trade tensions with the U.S., The Associated Press reports.

Xi indicated Beijing would "significantly" lower auto tariffs and enforce intellectual property rights of foreign corporations, with Ford rising around 2.3 percent and Apple and Microsoft 1.7 percent each in response. Fears of a trade war between China and the U.S. have caused dramatic plunges in the Dow after President Trump announced steep tariffs on China.

"It was a short-term surprise to the risk markets that Xi put out a positive comment saying he's open to trade negotiations and relaxing trade restrictions," said Washington Crossing Advisors' Chad Morganlander, as reported by MarketWatch. "That bodes well for the short run, but these types of negotiations sometimes start with open arms and then end with massive amounts of debate and finger pointing. Jeva Lange

March 6, 2018

President Trump took credit for the "very successful" Olympic Games on Tuesday, despite the fact that they took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. "We've been given tremendous credit, because the Olympics was not going well," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump also took credit for the North Korean delegation's appearance at the Games, although his administration had heavily criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in's decision to reach out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Vice President Mike Pence notably refused to stand for the unified Korean team when they entered the stadium during the opening ceremony.

"When [North Korea] came in out of the blue and said 'we'd love to participate in the Olympics,' it made the Olympics very successful," Trump said. "President Moon of South Korea was very generous in his statements as to the fact that we had a lot to do with that, if not everything."

Trump added, "The Olympics were beautiful, they were really very successful. And as you know, they weren't looking that way prior to." Watch the odd comments below. Jeva Lange

September 6, 2017

Just five days after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he didn't think that President Trump should end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Ryan praised Trump for doing exactly that. "President Trump was right in his decision. He made the right call," Ryan said Wednesday about Trump's decision to rescind the program protecting immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Less than a week ago, Ryan urged Trump to leave it to Congress to find a legislative solution to DACA, noting that "these are kids who know no other country." But he seems to have warmed to the decision, now that Trump is giving Congress a six-month window to address the issue, and said he plans to tie border security to any legislative fix to DACA. "It's only reasonable and fitting that we also address the root cause of the problem, which is borders that aren't sufficiently controlled, while we address this very real and very human problem that's right in front of us," Ryan said, adding that people "should rest easy" on DACA.

Ryan also took the opportunity to blast Democrats for trying to "play politics" with the debt ceiling. He said that it was a "ridiculous idea" to attach Harvey relief to a three-month increase in the debt limit, which is what Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) have proposed instead of Republicans' more long-term debt hike. Becca Stanek

August 25, 2017

On Friday morning, President Trump fretted that "few bills will be passed" if the filibuster rule remains, while boasting that "few, if any administrations" have passed as many bills as the Trump administration.

Trump started his morning tweeting by doubling down on his call for Republicans to abandon the legislative filibuster and instead allow bills to pass with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes currently required. Trump warned that "few bills will be passed" if Republicans don't heed his advice:

But 11 minutes later, Trump seemed very confident that his administration has gotten a lot done — including passing bills:

Trump even had to abbreviate Supreme Court in his boastful second tweet, apparently because his administration has just done so much that it's hard to fit into 140 characters. Becca Stanek

August 23, 2017

President Trump delivered a subdued teleprompter speech on Wednesday at the American Legion's national convention in Reno, Nevada, causing some people to marvel at the president's ability to change gears after his off-the-script rally on Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona. "I have whiplash," said CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "It's which president will show up today?"

In Reno, Trump applauded "incredible progress" on reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs and called for a "new unity," telling Americans that "we are one people with one home and one great flag."

"This is the spirit we need to overcome our challenges, to pursue our common destiny, and to achieve a brighter future for our people," Trump went on. "We will win."

Watch below, and read more about Trump's wild Phoenix rally here at The Week. Jeva Lange

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