TRUMP’S SCHEDULE TODAY
11 a.m.: President Donald Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office.
11:30 a.m.: Trump will sign a proclamation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
12:15 p.m.: Trump will depart the White House en route to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his physical.
12:45 p.m.: Trump will have his annual physical.
4 p.m.: Trump will depart Walter Reed en route to Palm Beach, Florida.
6:55 p.m.: Trump will arrive in Palm Beach.
YESTERDAY’S BOMBSHELL: From the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey: “President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting. ‘Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?’ Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the United States economically. In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.”
THE FALLOUT: From the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe, Erica Werner and Josh Dawsey: “Immigration talks on Capitol Hill foundered Thursday after the White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group — and President Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries. … Those explosive remarks from the president roiled the debate as Democrats erupted in outrage and accused Trump of setting back prospects for any deal.”
TRUMP’S TWITTER THIS MORNING: “The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime….. … ….countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund…. … ….Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten ‘shutdown,’ but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! … The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA! … Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!”
BRITAIN TRIP CANCELLED: From POLITICO Europe’s Zoya Sheftalovich: “U.S. President Donald Trump said he won’t travel to London to open a new American embassy because of an Obama era ‘bad deal’ in which the ‘best located and finest embassy in London’ was sold for ‘peanuts.’ The president tweeted: ‘Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!’ The decision to build a new embassy was made when George W. Bush was president, with the announcement of the new location dated October 2008, a month before Barack Obama was elected, Sky News first reported.”
A LOT HERE: Trump conducted an interview with The Wall Street Journal. See the transcript here. Trump talked NAFTA, North Korea, DACA, his own intellect, Steve Bannon, Russia and more.
TODAY’S PHYSICAL: From POLITICO’s Matthew Nussbaum: “A group of more than 70 psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health professionals sent a letter to President Donald Trump’s physician on Thursday, imploring him to include an evaluation of the president’s neurological health in a physical examination scheduled for Friday. The White House has said tests of mental fitness will not be part of the president’s physical. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday that the physician, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, would issue a statement following the exam and answer questions from the media next week.”