Moving the goal posts on the 100-day mark

President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump.

Welcome to Trump Today, a one-stop entry point for the latest news on the 45th president of the United States.

Afternoon update

FBI Director James Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers have been asked to testify in a closed hearing before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday. Comey and Rogers made bombshell news about the investigation into contacts between President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and Russia when they testified in public in March.


In an open hearing, also slated for Tuesday, Sally Yates, former acting attorney general, is to testify, along with the former CIA director and former national intelligence director.

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Trump says he’ll unveil a “massive tax cut” next week for both individuals and businesses. He boasted that the plan would be “bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever.”

Hoping to boost the economy, Trump is ordering reviews and possible revocation of some of the tax and financial regulations established by former president Obama, including reforms passed in the wake of the Great Recession.

Exactly how will the Trump Organization donate profits from foreign government payments to the US Treasury? The leaders of a House investigations panel want to know.

The morning headlines


The buzz continues. Will Trump and the GOP try again to pass a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act? The White House expressed confidence, but House GOP leaders were skeptical that the measure, which fizzled last month, could get sufficient votes.

The Trump administration wants funding for Trump’s massive Mexico border wall to be included in a catchall spending bill. Budget director Mick Mulvaney said other top Trump priorities, such as more immigration agents, also need to be funded because “elections have consequences.”

The Trump administration certified to Congress this week that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear pact struck in 2015. But Trump said, “They are not living up to the spirit of the agreeement,” and warned he is pondering whether to leave the landmark deal.

During the campaign, Trump issued a list of 60 promises that he said he would fulfill in his first 100 days. As that milestone approaches, he hasn’t taken action on 60 percent of the promises — and he’s broken five.

In a tweet early Friday morning, Trump — who has boasted about what he’s accomplished previously — sought to move the goal posts, calling the 100-day mark a “ridiculous standard” and lashing out at the media.


Federal prosecutors are considering whether to charge members of Wikileaks, but they face a tough question: Is Wikileaks akin to a news organization protected by the First Amendment or is it, as CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently described it, “a non-state, hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors, like Russia”?

Trump added a surprising new trade villain to his list: Canada. “What they’ve done to our dairy farmworkers is a disgrace,” Trump said. “We can’t let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers.”

Today’s schedule

Trump was slated to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, budget director Mick Mulvaney, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He was also expected to sign executive orders relating to financial services.

What’s he been tweeting?

“It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends,” Trump said shortly after a shooting linked to terrorism in Paris on the eve of French elections.

Trump posted a tweet early Friday about the elections, noting that the shooting could have an impact on them. Some have seen parallels between him and far-right populist Marine Le Pen, but he has avoided endorsing anyone.

After posting the tweet about the 100-day mark being a “ridiculous standard,” Trump swiveled his attention to the tensions over North Korea’s attempt to become a nuclear power.

Trump’s earliest post was a retweet of a Fox News story about a New York Times editor’s apology for a misleading tweet about the New England Patriots’ visit to the White House this week.

More headlines

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among the deep-pocketed people and companies who gave money as Trump’s inaugural committee racked up a record $107 million.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that a judge in Hawaii — which Sessions labeled just ‘‘an island in the Pacific’’ — should not be able to block Trump’s travel ban.

Trump will nominate former US senator Scott Brown to serve as ambassador New Zealand, Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan reports.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Indonesia and announced that Trump would follow him to the region later this year. Countries in the region have been overlooked by the Trump administration at a time when they are worried about growing Chinese economic and military power.

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to ignore federal scientists’ findings pointing to certain widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. The company says the findings are flawed.


Here’s a video of Trump’s joint news conference with the Italian prime minister on Thursday: