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 tweeted his former national security adviser should ask for immunity in a probe he called a ‘witch hunt,’ signed executive orders on trade and touted a new survey showing optimism among manufacturers.
• Trump tweeted early Friday that a probe into potential ties between his campaign and Russia was a “witch hunt” by Democrats and the media, and said his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, should ask for immunity if he testifies. Flynn reportedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation he is willing to be interviewed if granted immunity from prosecution. Meanwhile, NBC News reported the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected his immunity request.
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
RICE AT WHITE HOUSE
• Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Trump in the morning at the White House. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said they spoke about defeating ISIS and threats around the world.
• Trump hosted representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers and touted a survey from the group showing 93% of manufacturers are either somewhat or very positive about their company’s outlook, up from 57% a year ago. “That’s a slight difference,” Trump said, to applause.
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TRADE EXECUTIVE ORDERS
• Trump signed executive orders Friday aimed at curbing what he sees as unfair trade practices. One, as described by The Wall Street Journal, calls for a study that will measure the promised benefits of past agreements, and another aims to improve collection of penalties against countries that dump products into the U.S.
While speaking in the Oval Office, Trump also said he’ll “get down to some serious business” with Chinese President Xi Jinping when the two meet at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort next week.
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