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Today in Trumpworld — Feb. 16

Written by Lisa

TRUMP’S SCHEDULE:

10:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump participates in a Congressional listening session in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

1:25 p.m.: Trump speaks by phone with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.

2:30 p.m.: Trump meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office.

3:15 p.m.: Trump signs H.J. Res. 38 into law, nullifying a Department of the Interior rule aimed at protecting streams.

3:50 p.m.: Trump tapes his weekly address in the Cabinet Room.

OTHER HAPPENINGS: Vice President Mike Pence hosted a 7:30 a.m. breakfast with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and will hold a listening session on African American economic opportunity at 4:00 p.m. Sean Spicer will brief the press at 1:30 p.m.

TRUMP’S MORNING TWEETS: “Stock market hits new high with longest winning streak in decades. Great level of confidence and optimism – even before tax plan rollout! … Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize! … The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!”

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: “U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter. The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him,” report the Wall Street Journal’s Shane Harris and Carol E. Lee.

ODNI SHOOTS BACK: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement in response to the report: “Any suggestion that the U.S. Intelligence Community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the President and his national security team is not true.”

REINCE ON THE ROCKS: From POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey: “Reince Priebus, facing growing criticism and calls for his ouster, is racing to bring order to a White House that looks to be spiraling out of control. After weeks of West Wing turmoil and critiques from the president himself, the chief of staff is scrambling to impose a more traditional approach on a White House that is anything but, according to more than a dozen administration aides and others close to Priebus.”

HOW PUZDER FELL: POLITICO’s Timothy Noah takes a look at how it all fell apart for Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder. Puzder is the first Trump Cabinet pick forced to withdraw.

REMEMBER: Pudzer’s fall had a lot to do with this tape, unearthed by POLITICO’s Marianne Levine, of Pudzer’s ex-wife describing a history of abuse and threats.

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