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The Morning Briefing: Hate Prom, Migrant Caravan and Much, Much More

Central American migrants traveling with a caravan gather at the border wall, some sitting on top of it, look toward the U.S. from Mexico during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik)

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump participates in the arrival of President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • The president meets with President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • President Trump participates in a working lunch with President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • The president hosts a joint press conference with President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • President Trump participates in the departure of President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • The president attends dinner with supporters

White House Correspondents’ Association apologizes for hateful dinner

Well, not really. Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ dinner was a disgusting display of hate directed at the women of the Trump administration who made the mistake of attending. I don’t know why anyone would go to that dinner (I turned down an invitation, true story) and I hope they not only do not attend again but remove the press from the White House and let them set up shop in some other government building.

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” said WHCA President Margaret Talev.

“Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

So, not exactly an apology. The antics at that dinner should come as no surprise. Those insults, which weren’t even funny, really mirror the media’s own personal opinions. It’s what they say to each other at their many fancy cocktail parties. A pox on you.

And one more thing: Did the “entertainment” at past WHCD ever treat Jay Carney or Josh Earnest in this way? Never. Sexists, all of them.

Related:

Other resistance clowns supported the dinner’s “comedian.”

White House press on defensive after Michelle Wolf torches Trump, Sanders

The border caravan

Yesterday, a caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum reached their destination: the United States border. The caravan received press attention weeks earlier and had dwindled down, but still, hundreds of people arrived ready for entry. The U.S. announced that the border is full.

A group of Central Americans who journeyed in a caravan to the U.S. border resolved to turn themselves in and ask for asylum Sunday in a direct challenge to the Trump administration — only to have U.S. immigration officials announce that the San Diego crossing was already at capacity.

Nearly 200 migrants, many traveling with children, had decided to apply for protection at the nation’s busiest border crossing after many fled violence in their home countries, organizers said. The caravan got attention after President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet called it a threat to the United States.

They can also seek asylum at the U.S. embassy in their country or stay in Mexico if they are fleeing the danger in their country of origin.

“At this time, we have reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry for CBP officers to be able to bring additional persons traveling without appropriate entry documentation into the port of entry for processing,” Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement. “Those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the caravan as “a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system.”

Related:

Trump threatens federal government shutdown in September if Congress doesn’t fund Mexico border wall

RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA

Twitter celebrity and former FBI Director James Comey continues to shred all pretense of objectivity in his post-bureaucrat activities, slamming the House Republican Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) into RUSSIA.

Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” by host Chuck Todd to pass judgment on the committee’s investigation, Comey said, “It wrecked the committee, and it damaged relationships with the FISA Court, the intelligence communities.”

“It’s just a wreck,” Comey said.

You know what’s a “wreck”? That the report confirmed the suspicion of many that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper directed Comey to brief the president (“news hook”) on the salacious and unverified dossier and then leaked that briefing to CNN and then months later got a nice contract with CNN. By the way, Mr. Comey, who told you that CNN was looking for a “news hook”?

Comey also took the opportunity to prop up the special counsel that was initiated after he leaked his FBI work product into the media.

“That is not my understanding of what the facts were before I left the FBI, and I think the most important piece of work is the one the special counsel’s doing now,” Comey said.

Related:

MMA fighter with links to Trump, Cohen is questioned by FBI

Broken records:

The NRA annual meeting is this week and the media wants you to know: Guns banned from NRA event during Mike Pence address. I guess this is supposed to show some kind of hypocrisy, but the Secret Service always prohibits guns when they are protecting someone who is speaking to a large crowd. Every year people point this out to the gun-ignorant media and every year, they pretend like it’s a novel happening.

Related:

Trump expected to address NRA’s annual meeting

Historical picture of the day:

Mobs of South Vietnamese try to scale the 14-foot wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, April 29, 1975, trying to reach the evacuation helicopters as the last of the Americans departed from Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, a dispirited South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam, its lifeline of American blood dried up, its supporting U.S. war machine turned off. (AP Photo/Neal Ulevich)

Other morsels:

AWFUL: Ronny Jackson won’t return as Trump’s personal physician

Illinois House approves plan to replace armed officers in schools with mental health professionals

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince reportedly said Palestinians should accept peace or ‘shut up and stop complaining’

Kanye West: “All blacks gotta be Democrats? Man, we ain’t made it off the plantation”

Clinton nonprofit won’t let Seattle man cancel his small monthly donation — and won’t say why

Baltimore Sun Media Critic David Zurawik Calls For NBC To Investigate Joy Reid

Oak Tree Planted At White House By Trump And Macron Is Mysteriously Missing

Mike Pompeo believes Kim Jong Un is ‘prepared’ to end North Korea’s nuclear program

Lawmakers warn White House to be cautious about trusting North Korea in nuclear talks

Pompeo uses meeting with Saudis as an opportunity to slam the Iran nuclear deal

Steve Wynn sues ex-casino worker for defamation over sexual misconduct allegations

Roseanne says she thanked Trump during phone call for moving US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

T-Mobile and Sprint are coming together to form a $146 billion new company to take on Verizon and AT&T

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!