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Politics

President Trump meets with the press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says “nobody that I know of” on his campaign staff contacted Russian officials.

Mr. Trump initially did not provide a straight yes or no answer on whether or not anyone on his staff had made those contacts. When pressed by reporters at a Thursday news conference, he said he wasn’t aware of any.

He repeatedly denied having links with Russia, a claim he deemed “fake news.”

Mr. Trump asked for the resignation of Michael Flynn after the national security adviser misled the vice president about his conversations with a Russian official.

Flynn admitted that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Trump said Thursday that he did not order that conversation, but he “would have directed” him to have that conversation had he known.

TRUMP-RUSSIA-DEMOCRATS

Senate Democrats are asking the White House and law enforcement agencies to preserve all materials related to contacts between Russians and individuals associated with President Donald Trump.

The nine Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Thursday to White House counsel Donald McGahn, and similar letters to the Justice Department and the FBI.

The letters ask for confirmation the White House, FBI and Justice Department have instructed their employees to preserve all materials related to any contacts Trump’s administration, campaign, transition team — or anyone acting on their behalf — have had with Russian government officials or its associates.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

President Donald Trump says it makes sense for the U.S. to get along better with Russia because both are nuclear powers.

The president said during a lengthy White House news conference that the risks of conflict with the country are enormous.

Mr. Trump says, “We’re a very powerful nuclear country, and so are they.”

He says he’s been briefed on the issue and adds, “Nuclear holocaust would be like no other.”

Mr. Trump also says he won’t forecast how he’ll respond to provocations from Russia, North Korea or Iran. He says that’s to maintain the element of surprise.

TRUMP TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUIT

President Donald Trump’s administration says it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling keeping its travel ban on hold and will instead revise the ban.

The administration said in a court filing on Thursday that it will replace the travel ban with a new one in the near future.

TRUMP-TRAVEL BAN

President Donald Trump says his administration will release a new executive order on immigration next week to — in his words — “comprehensively protect our country.”

Mr. Trump’s original order restricted immigration from seven war-torn countries. It was put on hold by a federal appeals court.

Mr. Trump says the rollout of that order was “very smooth” and “perfect” but that it ran into “a bad court.” He says he wanted to delay the effective date of the order for a month or so, but that he was advised by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly not to do that because it would give people with bad intent time to flow into the country.

Mr. Trump says the new order is being tailored to satisfy the ruling from the San Francisco appeals court.

He did not reveal any specifics of the new order, but says it will be issued next week.

TRUMP-DACA

President Donald Trump says he is tailoring his executive order over the policy to allow undocumented minors to stay temporarily in the U.S. to a decision handed down by the courts.

The president said Thursday he is going to “deal with DACA with heart.”

DACA allows young adults to get work permits and Social Security numbers and protects them from deportation.

Ending DACA is part of the president’s broader plan to crack down on illegal immigration, which was a cornerstone of his campaign. Trump says he’ll focus his efforts on those in the country illegally who have criminal records.

Mr. Trump says he needs to convince politicians that “what I am saying is right.”

He says he has the “best lawyers” working on DACA now and the “new executive order is being tailored to the decision we got from the court.”

TRUMP-‘MACHINE’

President Donald Trump claims his administration is running like “a fine-tuned machine.”

Mr. Trump says at a White House news conference that he turns on the TV and opens the newspapers and sees “stories of chaos.”

He says the truth is that “it is the exact opposite.”

Mr. Trump says his administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”

Mr. Trump’s comments come amid a period of apparent dysfunction at the White House marked by leaks, division and several high-profile exits.

Just this week, his top national security aide and his pick for labor secretary were ousted.

TRUMP-MEDIA

The “press is out of control.”

That’s what President Donald Trump has said at a White House news conference.

He says the “level of dishonesty is out of control,” and he says he’ll take his message “straight to the people.”

Mr. Trump’s criticism of the media has grown amid reports that members of his administration had associations or communications with the Russian government.

Mr. Trump says there is “distortion,” but he hopes everyone can get along.

But, he adds, “maybe we won’t and that’s OK.”

TRUMP-LABOR

President Donald Trump has named law school dean Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary nominee, one day after his original pick abruptly withdrew from consideration.

Mr. Trump said Acosta, who did not appear with the president, “has had a tremendous career.”

He noted that, unlike Andrew Puzder, Acosta has been confirmed by the Senate three times.

If confirmed by the Senate, Acosta would become the first Hispanic member of Trump’s Cabinet. He is now dean of the Florida International University law school.

Puzder, a fast-food CEO, pulled out yesterday after it became clear he lacked the votes to win Senate confirmation.

TRUMP RALLY

President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally Saturday in politically strategic Florida — 1,354 days before Election Day 2020.

The unusually early politicking follows a pattern: Mr. Trump filed his paperwork for re-election on Inauguration Day last month.

By comparison, President Barack Obama didn’t make his re-election bid official with the Federal Election Commission until April 2011.

Huge rallies were the hallmark of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. He continued to do them, although with smaller crowds, throughout the early part of his transition, during what he called a “thank you” tour.

The Florida event will be his first such one as president.

The White House and Trump’s campaign aren’t answering questions about why the political event is taking place or who’s paying for it.

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