By the numbers:
- Word count of Mark Zuckerberg’s letter against Trump-style isolationism: 5,800
- Undocumented immigrants arrested last week: 680
- Average number of immigrants arrested a week during Obama years: 675
Trump announces Labor Secretary pick, raves against the press
This afternoon at a press conference, Trump revealed his pick for labor secretary: Alexander Acosta (who was not present). Trump then proceeded to fight and argue with the press for the next hour and a half.
The ensuing 80 minutes of back and forth between the president and the press that is best described with highlights.
On Trump’s claim that he had the largest electoral win in history:
“Well, I don’t know, I was given that information. I was given — I actually, I’ve seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that? OK thank you, that’s…”
On the recent leaks from the Intelligence community:
“Well the leaks are real. You’re the one that wrote about them and reported them, I mean the leaks are real. You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”
On tomorrow’s headlines:
“Tomorrow, they will say, “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.” I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people. But — but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it.
But tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, “Donald Trump rants and raves.” I’m not ranting and raving.”
On his lack of calls with Russia and his recent call with Russian President Vladimir Putin:
“Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn’t. I just have nobody to speak to.
I spoke to Putin twice. He called me on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago.”
No charges expected against Michael Flynn
According to CNN, the FBI will not pursue any charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In case you’ve been on a news detox (which is completely understandable), it was revealed that Flynn had discussed sanctions with a Russian ambassador.
It’s generally frowned upon to discuss these sorts of things with geopolitical adversaries, so Flynn quickly resigned only after lying to Vice President Mike Pence and FBI investigators about the calls.