Thursday's HOT MIC
Good Thursday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump hosts a meeting on school safety
- President Trump has lunch with the vice president and the secretary of defense
- The president meets with members of the Senate
Gun control reboot
Yesterday, the President held a bipartisan meeting on school safety and gun control. It was a nightmare. Trump taunted lawmakers by telling them, "you're afraid of the NRA." He'll soon find out why politicians are afraid of the NRA during the 2018 elections if he doesn't walk back some of the insanity he was tossing about in that meeting.
Some of the ridiculous changes to firearm laws Trump seemed amenable to include outlawing private guns sales, raising the age to 21 to buy a long gun, and taking people's guns without due process. Like I said, what a dumpster fire. Not one of those things will stop criminal maniacs from getting a firearm.
Dick's Sporting Goods, which is a crappy, overpriced place to buy
anything a firearm will not sell "assault-style" weapons. Quick question: what is the difference between an "assault-style" long gun and a long gun that is not "assault-style"? Let me know in the comments. Sadly, Walmart, where I occasionally purchase Federal 12ga 8 shot (but will not do so any longer) says it will not sell firearms to consumers who are under the age of 21.
President Trump mentioned in his gun control conclave that he was going to issue an executive order banning bump stocks. And in a mind-blowing move, Trump dismissed Rep. Steve Scalise when he suggested national reciprocity be included in any gun legislation.
Hope Hicks bounces from the White House
She hadn't really been in there very long, but White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is leaving.
A tearful Hicks announced her departure to the White House communications team Wednesday afternoon, a source inside the room told CNN. She referenced how many years she had worked for Trump, said she has always wanted the best for him and that she felt like now was the right time to go -- which some in the room took as a reference to the speculation she's leaving in light of her testimony. She thanked the team and said she will miss them all.
During her grueling 9-hour, closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI), Hicks admitted that her job in the administration required her to tell "white lies." Rep. Adam Schiff (D-N.Y.) immediately leaked her testimony to the press because that is what he always does. Every politician has a press shop that tells white lies. All of them. But the #resistance is excited that Hicks "admitted" to spinning to the press. Sheesh.
Your daily WTF:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!