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 Trump hosted King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, told the New York Times he thought former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had committed a crime and was scheduled to speak with the leaders of Germany and Japan.
TIMES INTERVIEW ON RICE AND O’REILLY
• Trump told The New York Times — a news outlet he frequently criticizes — that he thinks Susan Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had committed a crime. Rice has denied leaking the names of Trump’s associates under surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies. When asked if Rice had committed a crime, Trump said: “do I think? Yes, I think.” But he declined to provide evidence.
In the same interview Trump defended Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who has reportedly settled five sexual harassment lawsuits.
Read: Donald Trump on Bill O’Reilly: ‘I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.’
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JORDAN’S KING AT WHITE HOUSE
• Trump held a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden with King Abdullah II of Jordan, and took questions about the chemical-weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday. Trump told reporters the attack “crossed a lot of lines” for him but did not give any clues about a possible U.S. response. Trump said the chemical weapons attack in Syria was “an affront to humanity,” and it “crossed a lot of lines” for him.
Read: Trump says Syria chemical attack ‘crossed a lot of lines’
MERKEL, ABE PHONE CALLS
• The White House said Trump was scheduled to speak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the morning and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan late Wednesday afternoon. The call with Abe was planned for a day ahead of the start of meetings between Trump and President Xi Jinping of China. Trump has called on Xi to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear program, and the subject is expected to be part of the leaders’ talks in Florida on Thursday and Friday.