DC Daily: President Trump addresses conservatives at CPAC

DC Daily: President Trump addresses conservatives at CPAC
Posted at 6:52 AM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 12:03:15-05

President Donald Trump is continuing to fill the open spots in his administration, and a new version of his travel ban could be implemented very soon.

What's happening today:

President Trump takes stage at CPAC
-- President Donald Trump continued his assault on what he calls "fake news" and touched on topics such as his border wall proposal, immigration, Obamacare and military spending in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday morning.

"I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are," Trump said. "They're very smart, they're very cunning. There are some terrible dishonest people and they do a tremendous disservice to our country."

On his commitment to increase deportations, Trump said: "As we speak today, immigration officials are finding the gang members, the drug dealers and the criminal aliens and throwing them the hell out of our country. And we will not let them back in. They're not coming back in folks."


According to the American Conservative Union, which hosts the CPAC, Trump is the first president to address the group during his first year in office since Ronald Reagan.

Trump's morning tweet(s)
-- Early Friday morning, the president went on Twitter and pointed the finger at the FBI, saying the agency was to blame for not stopping media leaks.

Trump's tweets follow reports that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election.


Caitlyn Jenner reacts to Trump's transgender bathroom decision
-- Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympian-turned-reality star who is perhaps the most high-profile face of the transgender community, at first was quiet after the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.

However, she addressed the issue Thursday in a video: "I have a message for President Trump from well, one Republican to another. This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community," she said, holding up her hand like a mock telephone. "Call me."

Homeland Security Secretary says "no mass deportations"
-- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday that there will be "no mass deportations" or "no use of military forces" to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration orders.

Speaking in Mexico City, Kelly said the U.S. would do everything dealing with illegal immigration legally and respectful to human rights.

Comments by Pres. Trump Thursday drew alarm after he said deportations are "a military operation" because the U.S. has allowed criminals into the country previously.

White House hints at federal enforcement of marijuana law in all states
-- In a new briefing Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted that the federal government would conduct "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws in all states.

"There is a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana," Spicer said. "When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law we have to abide by."