This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours
President Donald Trump retweeted a story about former President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice ordering U.S. spy agencies to produce spreadsheets of calls involving Trump; told a group of about 50 chief executives he’s working on a major infrastructure plan; and spoke at a building-trades conference.
• Trump retweeted a Drudge Report link to a Daily Caller story that said former President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Trump and his aides during the campaign. Rice appeared on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon and said she had not used intelligence for political purposes.
Read: Susan Rice says she didn’t use intelligence on Trump transition for political purposes.
RICE ORDERED SPY DOCS ON TRUMP? https://t.co/bL2nZRFxk9
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 4, 2017
CEO TOWN HALL
• Trump talked to a group of about 50 executives at a “CEO town hall” and told them his administration is working on an infrastructure plan of $1 trillion or more. At the same event, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn told executives that their private jets probably wouldn’t be taxed to pay for an upgrade to air-traffic control systems.
Trump also said he would give the Dodd-Frank rules on Wall Street a “very major haircut.” The president regularly criticized the law on the campaign trail.
Read: Trump says infrastructure plan could top $1 trillion.
Also read: Cohn tells CEOs Trump probably won’t tax private jets.
BUILDING TRADES CONFERENCE
• At the North America’s Building Trades Unions legislative conference, Trump kept up a pitch for his infrastructure plan and told the audience, “with your help, we can rebuild our country’s bridges, airports, seaports and water systems.”
• Trump was scheduled to have one-on-one meetings with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in the afternoon, as well as with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. The White House didn’t describe the subject of the meetings but Mnuchin has recently met with Trump about tax reform.
Read: Trump administration weighing both VAT and carbon tax, report says