WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump got up on Friday morning and saw conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s praise of his rambling, stream-of-consciousness error-laden, grievance filled press conference as validation.
Trump on Friday, the day after his first solo press conference since becoming president on Jan. 20, said “Fake media not happy,” in a Twitter post.
Yes, it was quite a show. Trump faced an aggressive press corps. He took a lot of questions from reporters, including all the networks.
“General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA – as are three others.” 7:16 a.m. Eastern Time
Backstory No need for leakers; Trump is announcing via Twitter that Kellogg is in play to replace the ousted Michael Flynn.
Later on Friday morning, according to a pool report, Kellogg was spotted after “Marine One carrying POTUS landed at Joint Base Andrews at 10:47 am. General Keith Kellogg, who the president tweeted is “very much in play” to be next national security advisor, waited for POTUS at the top of the steps of Air Force One where he took a photo of the plane.”
“Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!” 5:43 a.m. Eastern Time
Backstory: There are so many stories about this stunning press conference. Check HERE and HERE. It was, at the least an attempt at a massive deflection from the launch of Trump’s presidency, not yet a month old.
On the media…
Trump did not understand a question about anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in the U.S. from Jake Turx, a reporter for Ami Magazine, an outlet that covers Jewish affairs. Instead, talked about himself as not anti-Semitic. He told Turx to “sit down” and chastised him for “asking a very insulting question like that.”
And Trump never addressed the substance of the question.
He asked April Ryan, who reports for an outlet that focuses on African American news – and who is African American – if she could arrange a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Going to Charleston, South Carolina, in order to spend time with Boeing and talk jobs! Look forward to it.” 5:38 a.m. Eastern Time
Backstory: On Friday, Trump lavishes attention on the Chicago-based Boeing Company, the builders of the Air Force One Trump wants them to cut the price on.
Trump will meet with Dennis Muilenburg, the Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of the Boeing Company and deliver remarks at the unveiling of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Background from Boeing:
787 Dreamliner Family
- The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that entered service in 2011. The 787 is the first commercial airplane that has a primary composite structure – composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787, including the fuselage and wing. This enables new interior features such as lower cabin altitude and larger windows and extends the heavy check interval to 12 years.
- More than 500 787s have been delivered to airlines all over the world, and the 787 program has more than 1,200 orders from 66 global customers. More than 140 million passengers have flown the 787, and 130 new non-stop routes have been created by the 787.
- We are currently delivering the 787 at a rate of 12 airplanes a month – the fastest wide-body production rate in history. The 787 airplane is built at Boeing facilities in North Charleston, SC and Everett, Wash.
- There are approximately 2.3 million parts in the 787. This includes fasteners, systems parts, etc. By comparison, the 767 has 3.1 million parts.
“Despite the long delays by the Democrats in finally approving Dr. Tom Price, the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is moving fast!” 4:13 a.m. Eastern Time
Backstory: Replacement of Obamacare is not speeding along.
From a story in The Hill: “Republicans still have a long way to go before their plan becomes law. They need to put dollar figures on the plan and get buy-in from the conference, especially on contentious issues including how to handle the Medicaid expansion. It is unclear how Republicans will pay for their legislation. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told reporters Thursday that is still being figured out. One option, he said, is to start taxing more generous employer-sponsored health insurance plans, an idea known as “capping the exclusion.”