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The Morning Briefing: The Letter Heard 'Round the World and Much, Much More

Good Friday morning.

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

  • The president meets with the secretary of the Treasury


Yesterday, President Trump sent a letter to House Mother Nancy Pelosi canceling her Democrat junket. Trump announced the cancelation while Nancy and her motley crew were on the way to their plane to leave. Well-played. Well-played

“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over,” Trump wrote. He also suggested she fly commercial to the war zone.

Fantastic! Pelosi and the Democrats figured they could just blame Trump for the shutdown, but it's Pelosi and the Democrats who won't come to the table. Pelosi took off during Christmas for a luxury Hawaiian vacation, her party went on a group trip to Puerto Rico, and now she and her harpies were hitting the road for a week on an international trip. Does it sound like she wants to find an agreeable compromise to open the government up? Meanwhile, Trump is hanging around D.C., ready to negotiate.

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump wrote.

“I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security Movement to end the Shutdown.”

Not long ago, days actually, the media was congratulating Pelosi for telling the president he should not deliver the State of the Union in the usual manner but should submit it in writing because of the shutdown. But now, Trump is petty for denying the Democrats the military transport for a PR trip. Pelosi would be away for another pay period if she had jetted out. How can anyone believe she cares about the government workers she's exploiting for sympathy?


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Buzzfeed: Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress

Michael Cohen is certainly credible, right? And the media has a terrific track record using anonymous sources, so this is, no doubt, a slam-dunk.

President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.

And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.

Now the two sources have told BuzzFeed News that Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.