10 a.m.: President Donald Trump will deliver remarks at CPAC.
11:40 a.m.: Trump will tape his weekly address in the State Dining Room.
12:00 p.m.: Trump will sign an executive order.
2:00 p.m.: Trump will meet with Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Oval Office.
3:00 p.m.: Trump will meet with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru in the Oval Office.
OTHER HAPPENINGS: Vice President Mike Pence will host a governors’ luncheon at his residence before traveling to Las Vegas to address the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Shabbat Dinner, where he is slated to be introduced by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Brexit cheerleader and British pol Nigel Farage will address CPAC. Sean Spicer will gaggle with the press at 1:15 p.m. at the White House.
BREAKING LAST NIGHT: From CNN: “The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.”
AP piles on: “White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday. The official said Priebus’ request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate. As of Thursday, the FBI had not stated that position publicly and there was no indication it planned to.”
Just when the Russia story is fading to the background, something else breaks.
TRUMP RESPONDS: Trump appeared to fire back on Twitter this morning: “The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security ‘leakers’ that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even……find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW.”
TROUBLE AHEAD?: From POLITICO’s Ben White and Mary Lee: “Seen from Wall Street, the Trump presidency is going perfectly. Travel ban troubles? Whatever. Russian revelations? Meh. Staffing woes? Who cares. Stocks continue to shrug it all off and rocket to new highs on the promise of big tax cuts, infrastructure spending and mass deregulation. But analysts now caution that Trumphoria in the stock market could soon crash into a harsh Washington reality.”
PENCE AT CPAC: Pence dished out the red meat at CPAC, promising an imminent end to the Affordable Care Act. The effort has stalled with increasingly vocal protests in support of the law popping up at GOP town halls.