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The Morning Briefing: DACA Dinner, Unmasking and Much, Much More

Good Thursday Morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Fort Myers, Florida. The President will then arrive in Fort Myers, Florida, and will participate in a briefing on Hurricane Irma.
  • Later in the morning, the President will depart Fort Myers, Florida, en route to Naples, Florida. The President will then arrive in Naples, Florida, and will visit with individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.
  • In the afternoon, the President will depart Naples, Florida, for Fort Myers, Florida, en route to Washington, D.C.
  • The President will then arrive in Washington, D.C. and will return to the White House. In the evening, the President and First Lady Melanie Trump will host the White House Historical Association reception and dinner.

What happened at the DACA dinner last night?

There are conflicting accounts but according to President Trump's dinner guests, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the dinner participants "agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides."

However, WH spox Sanders countered the Democrat duo's statement and said "While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to." Who knows what really happened, but here's something that absolutely happened: sources say that the menu consisted of "Chinese food and chocolate pie for dessert." CULTURAL APPROPRIATION!

Legislative aide Marc Short backed up Sanders' statement and said that any claim about the wall funding being excluded was "intentionally misleading."

Schumer's communications director tweeted that Trump agreed to leave out funding the wall in the DACA deal but would continue to pursue it in other ways.

Ted Cruz and the porn video

This is still a story for some reason.

Apparently, Senator Ted Cruz's Twitter account "liked" a porn tweet a few days ago and now we have a multi-day news story. The media is very focused on the details. Did Cruz do it? Did an intern? Was it an accident? Anyone in their right mind would know that Senator Cruz would not "like" a porn tweet on his Twitter account. The media hate his guts and have people who do nothing all day long but watch his Twitter account. The porn "like" was either an accidental "like" or some intern thought he was on his private account. Good grief. Why is this such a big deal?

"It was not me," Cruz said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash in Washington, calling the mishap "an honest mistake." Cruz reiterated the message from his office and said they had since identified the staffer, but refused to name the individual. "I promise you, the staffer feels terrible," he said.