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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has tried to shrug off the importance of the 100-day marker, but he's still going to be celebrating it and touting his accomplishments.

"It's a false standard -- 100 days -- but I have to tell you I don't think anybody has done what we've been able to do in 100 days so we're very happy," Trump said in the Oval Office on Friday.

Trump is celebrating his 100th day in office outside of the White House with a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this evening.

The unconventional president is bucking tradition and skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which is also being held Saturday evening.

Instead, he's headed to the event in Harrisburg, which is slated to start at 7:30 p.m., the same time as the correspondents dinner.

The so-called "Nerd Prom" isn't the only big event happening in D.C. Saturday either, as a protest march about climate change will also be held in the Capitol as well.

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ABC News(ATLANTA) -- President Trump said he is "proud" to follow in the footsteps of "our wonderful Ronald Reagan" by speaking at a National Rifle Association event in Atlanta on Friday.

"In the history of the organization and today I am also proud to be the first sitting president to address the NRA leadership forum since our wonderful Ronald Reagan in 1983," Trump said.

Friday's meeting at the NRA's Leadership Forum isn't Trump's first speech to the gun rights group. He was endorsed by the NRA in May and spoke at their convention at the time.

"Only one candidate in the general election came to speak to you and that candidate is now the president of the United States standing before you again," Trump said of himself during his speech.

"The eight year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House," Trump said.

His appearance Friday marks the first time that a sitting president has addressed the group since former President Reagan did so in 1983.

The NRA is known for their sizable lobbying operation and by raising money for -- and against -- candidates. The group made over $52 million in donations to candidates during the 2016 election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. They spent $30.3 million in support of Trump, the CRP reported.

Trump campaigned on the pledge to support and protect the Second Amendment, which he said during his May NRA appearance, was "under a threat like never before." He pointed to his then-rival Hillary Clinton as the basis for that threat.

"Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, not change it; she wants to abolish it," Trump said at the time, although Clinton had never made such claims.

"The Second Amendment is on the ballot in November. The only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person you know: Donald Trump," he said.

Trump has noted that his two eldest sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have been longtime members of the NRA.

At Friday's speech, Trump stressed their love of shooting.

"I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love by a long shot Fifth Avenue, but that's OK," Trump joked.

After starting the speech by reviewing the state-by-state wins on election night, Trump talked about the work that he has done on behalf of gun owners. He talked about various appointments he has made, including the nomination and eventual addition of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, as well as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that hundreds of protesters and gun control advocates gathered near the convention site this morning. Part of the protest featured a "die-in," where 93 people will lie down in a local park to represent the number of people who die from gun violence every day, the paper reports.

There will be another protest on Saturday, and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is scheduled to attend. Lewis and Trump have a turbulent history. Lewis did not attend the inauguration and said he did not see Trump as a "legitimate president." Trump returned the favor by criticizing the civil rights leader, saying that he was "all talk, talk, talk -- no action or results."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump signed a a short-term measure Friday to keep the government funded for another week, a move that gives lawmakers more time to reach a deal on a larger spending package.

Congress approved the spending stopgap measure earlier in the day as House members prepared to leave Washington without a vote on the GOP health care bill, denying President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office.

The spending bill capped off a frenzied week on Capitol Hill that underscored the trouble Republicans have had fulfilling both the most basic functions of governance and implementing their ambitious agenda with GOP control of both the White House and Congress.

“One hundred days of broken promises,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., quipped Friday morning.

Democrats, who have railed against GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, had threatened to vote against what is called a continuing resolution to fund the government should Republicans move forward on the health care bill vote.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the threat, predicting Democrats would be blamed for a partial government shutdown.

Appropriators are finalizing a $1 trillion-plus spending deal, and negotiations continue over natural disaster response funding and funds to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.

The measure is expected to contain funds for border security technology, but not funding for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which Trump had initially demanded Congress include in the bill.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- President Donald Trump is blaming former President Barack Obama for not fully vetting Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn after it was revealed that Flynn received payments from foreign governments without approval from military officials in 2014.

In an interview with Fox News released Friday, the president said that Obama officials bear responsibility for the oversight -- not his own administration, which tapped Flynn for the post.

"He was approved by the Obama administration at the highest level. And when they say we didn’t vet, well, Obama, I guess, didn’t vet, because he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration," Trump said. "So when he came into our administration, for a short period of time, he came in, he was already approved by the Obama administration and he had years left on that approval."

Flynn resigned from the post in February.

Both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Oversight Committee say Flynn may have broken the law by accepting the payments for giving a speech to Russian state television and lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government. Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement that "by all appearances" Flynn violated that law, and asked the secretary of the Army to "make a final determination" on whether Flynn broke it.

The Defense Department's inspector general has launched an investigation into Flynn. Documents also show that Flynn was warned against receiving payments from foreign governments without congressional approval by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“These documents raise grave questions about why Gen. Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the oversight panel, in a statement.

Flynn maintained a top secret security clearance even after he was pushed out of his Obama administration role at the Pentagon in 2014.

Trump also said that he was "disappointed" in how Republicans handled major issues like health care and tax reform.

"I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go quicker," Trump said. "I like them a lot. I have great relationships, don’t forget most of them I didn’t even know. But many of them, like the Freedom Caucus, came and I see them all the time, 'We love our president, we’re doing this for our president.' You look at that, you look at the moderates, it’s the same thing. I’m disappointed. I’ll tell you Paul Ryan’s trying very, very hard. I think everybody is trying very hard. It is a very tough system."

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Ida Mae Astute/ABC(WASHINGTON) -- Over the past 99 days, President Donald Trump has used Twitter for a variety of purposes: to celebrate his inauguration; share baseless claims; send condolences; praise his administration; shoot down reports; and attack his critics, the media, the judiciary, protesters and the intelligence community, among others.

Since assuming the presidency, Trump has tweeted more than 470 times. The president has received an average of 98,190 likes per tweet and 20,902 average retweets per tweet. His most favorited tweet amassed about 82,000 likes.

Here are 10 of Trump’s most liked tweets, some of which are also his most retweeted posts, from his first 99 days in office: 


Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017

Trump's most popular tweet was on Jan. 22, in response to the Women's March on Washington and its associated protests the day after Trump was inaugurated. This was also Trump's most retweeted tweet. The marches, which took place in several cities in the U.S., were for promoting women's rights, but some marches focused on Trump and his treatment of women. Earlier that same day, Trump tweeted about the protesters, asking "Why didn't these people vote?"  


THANK YOU for another wonderful evening in Washington, D.C. TOGETHER, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN🇺🇸

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2017

Trump's second most liked tweet includes a video of him and first lady Melania Trump dancing to "My Way" at the "Freedom Ball," one of three inaugural balls for Trump that night.


It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017

Trump tweeted this on the morning of his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20. Trump's third most liked tweet is also his third most retweeted tweet.


What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017

In a historic victory, the New England Patriots came back from being 25 points down in Super Bowl LI and beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Trump counts team owner Bob Kraft, quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick among his friends. This tweet was also his second most retweeted post on Twitter.



— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

He tweeted out his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" while he was at Mar-a-Lago. The tweet came the day after Trump's first immigration ban was blocked by a federal district judge. This tweet also received about 57,000 retweets.


Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2017

Trump signed an executive order Friday, Jan. 27, calling for the temporary halt of immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and barring the refugee program for 120 days.


Hope you like my nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court. He is a good and brilliant man, respected by all.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2017

On Feb. 1, Trump announced Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals from Colorado, as his pick for Supreme Court nominee. During the campaign, Trump promised to nominated a conservative judge to the bench to replace the late Antonin Scalia.



— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017

As Trump was wishing his followers a "Happy President's Day" along with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," several "Not My President's Day" protests were taking place in dozens of cities across America. The protests were intended to send a message to Trump, opposing his agenda.



— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

Trump was lashing out against a panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled to keep a restraining order against his travel ban. The three-judge panel's unanimous decision rejected the Department of Justice's bid to quickly reinstate Trump's executive order after a Washington federal district court judge had blocked it nationwide a week before.


Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017

Trump's immigration executive order has been criticized as a religious ban, since immigration is barred from predominantly Muslim countries. On the same day that Trump signed the controversial first version of his travel ban, Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he will give Syrian Christian refugees priority. Trump's tweet seemed to be an attempt to justify his prioritizing of Syrian Christians. While Trump's tweet points to the Syrian Christians that have been killed by ISIS, his tweet ignores the larger Muslim population of Syrians that are more frequently the victims.

Here are some of Trump's most retweeted tweets:

Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017

After Iran conducted a failed ballistic missile test, a violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, Trump tweeted that Iran was "ungrateful" of the nuclear deal reached with the Obama administration and cautioned them that he would be tougher.

The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

Trump has been none too happy with the way the media has been covering his presidency, particularly what he considers to be his successes. According to PolitiFact, Trump's tweet is misleading because it's "a gross misrepresentation of the state of the debt and the role the new president had in shaping the figure."

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017

Trump sent this out on Inauguration Day. As a candidate, Trump promised to shake up Washington and be a populist president.

If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial Trump backer who was a Breitbart News editor at the time, was scheduled to speak at the University of California at Berkeley, but his appearance at the college was canceled after protests turned violent. Trump took offense over the canceled speech and seemingly threatened to pull funding from the school.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- President Trump said Friday he envisions Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a possible opponent in the 2020 presidential race.

During an address at the National Rifle Association leadership conference, Trump took a dig at the Massachusetts Democrat, whom he regularly calls "Pocahontas" in what many see as an offensive reference to her previous claims that she has Native-American ancestry.

"I have a feeling that in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates but you're not going to be wasting your time," Trump said at the NRA event in Atlanta. "You'll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you'll say, ‘No, sir, no thank you. No, ma'am. It may be Pocahontas. Remember that? And she is not big for the NRA, that I can tell you."

Warren has been regularly critical of Trump both during the campaign and since he took office. When Warren was pressed on her political future in a recent NBC interview, the senator brushed off speculation about any presidential aspirations.

"I am running, in 2018, for senator from Massachusetts," she said on The Today Show April 18.

Trump also today mentioned another former rival, but this time it was someone in the audience. Trump gave Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a shout-out and acknowledged their rocky history.

"We're also joined by two people that, one that I loved from the very beginning, one that I didn't like and now like and like again. Does that make sense? Senator David Perdue and Senator Cruz. Like, dislike, like," Trump said, describing his changing relationship with Cruz. "Where are they? Good guys. Good guys, smart cookies."

Cruz was one of the final Republicans to drop out of the presidential race, and he was booed at the Republican National Convention when he gave a speech but intentionally didn't endorse Trump.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Prior to government funding votes on Capitol Hill Friday morning, House and Senate Democratic leaders criticized President Trump's first 100 days in office, attacking his plans for health care, taxes and foreign policy.

"One hundred days of broken promises," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. "One hundred days of handouts to the richest in our countries."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "The swamp is murkier than ever after his 100 days.”

The New York Democrat took aim at the last, frenzied week of the Trump administration, calling it a "metaphor for how poorly the president has done."

"It's chaotic, it's ineffective, it's impulsive," he said. "It's as if the president suddenly realized he's approaching his first 100 days with next to nothing to show for it."

Schumer said he doesn't believe Trump is improving on the job.

"There are occasional small things but, overwhelmingly, when you look at how he's performed ... it's an ‘F,’" he said. "He has not accomplished much, and then he compares it to, like, Franklin D Roosevelt. It's astounding."

Pelosi said Trump's one success has been mobilizing people against his agenda.

"He has proven to be one of the best organizers the Democratic Party has ever had," she said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump signed his 30th executive order Friday morning and the sixth this week, directing a review of off-shore drilling, an apparent sign of the White House’s last-minute sprint the 100th day mark (which Trump called "ridiculous").

But he’s not done yet. A White House official told ABC News Friday morning that two more executive orders are expected Saturday, likely upon the president’s arrival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a rally that evening. The orders are expected to be directed in some form towards trade.

The White House, earlier this week, lauded the president’s use of the pen, saying he “has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt," though this claim has been disputed by historians.

And a measure of this success was comparing the number of executive orders he signed to that of previous presidents:

- President Obama signed 19 executive orders during his first 100 days. - President George W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days. - President Clinton signed 13 executive orders during his first 100 days. - President George H.W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days. - President Reagan signed 18 executive orders during his first 100 days.

It’s a striking admission from a party historically critical of the expansion of executive power. Republicans in Congress had gone as far to create a "task force" in February of 2016 to "study the impact the increase in presidential and executive branch power has had on the ability of Congress” and look for legislative approaches to “restore the proper balance of powers.”

Trump himself, has slammed the use of executive orders as an example of weak leadership and inability to work with Congress, and most of that criticism was directed at a president who had Republican majorities in Congress opposing him.

On CBS's "Face the Nation" in August 2015, Trump said: “The leadership is what you have to do. I don't like executive orders. That is not what the country was based on. You go, you can't make a deal with anybody, so you sign an executive order… So now [Obama] goes around signing executive orders all over the place, which at some point they are going to be rescinded or they're going to be rescinded by the courts.”

In further remarks in December 2015, Trump described Obama by saying, "I don't think he even tries anymore. He just signs executive actions."

Even prior to launching his bid for the presidency, Trump weighed in on the subject, writing on Twitter in July 2012, "Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?"

Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority? This is the latest

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2012

So far, more than half of Trump's orders call for reviews of Obama-era regulations, including Dodd-Frank, federal control of education, and Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act to designate federal monuments. Three others have been met with setbacks in the judicial system, including two of the president’s travel bans and the order involving stripping federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "you don't catch everything" in reference to the Trump team's vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn, who was fired early in his tenure by President Trump, is under scrutiny for his dealings with Russia, including whether the former Army lieutenant general violated the law by accepting payments from foreign governments.

"We need to do a good job of vetting, but that’s a complex issue and I'm not sure anyone could be expected to find that," Sessions told ABC News' Amy Robach live on Good Morning America Friday.

"I’m comfortable that they’re working hard to do vetting. But it's obvious that often times you don’t catch everything that might be a problem," Sessions continued. "I don’t know the facts of this case; maybe there's an explanation for it."

Sessions' comments came one day after the White House appeared to try shift blame to the previous administration for the Trump transition team's approval of Flynn's security clearance.

Flynn was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama, but he was forced out of that role after two years and ultimately retired.

"His [security] clearance was last reissued by the Obama administration in 2016 with full knowledge of his activities that occurred in 2015," press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday afternoon.

President Trump announced the appointment of Flynn as national security adviser in November 2016.

The president fired him in February after it was revealed that he allegedly misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of conversations Flynn had with Russia's U.S. ambassador.

Documents released in mid-March showed Flynn was paid a total of $56,200 in 2015 by three Russian firms owned by or closely tied to the Russian government.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Citing a lack of votes for the measure, House GOP leaders said they would not hold a vote on Friday for a new healthcare bill intended to replace President Obama's signature domestic law.

The announcement assures that President Trump will fail to reach a legislative milestone on healthcare in his 100 days in office.

"As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Thursday night after departing a House GOP leadership meeting that went for almost two hours.

Instead, the House will only vote Friday on a stopgap funding measure to keep the government open for another week as negotiators attempt to wrap up talks on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill.

As of Thursday evening, at least 17 House Republicans were prepared to vote against the amended healthcare bill, according to ABC's whip list. Another 17 House Republicans, at the very least, were undecided.

Assuming all Democrats are present, GOP leaders can't afford to lose more than 21 Republicans and still pass a new health care bill.

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Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said on Thursday that economic growth would make up for lost revenue from a sweeping tax cut plan proposed earlier this week.

"The growth is going to pay for it," Trump told ABC News on the White House's Rose Garden during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, as he signed autographs for children of members of the media and administration officials. "Wait until you see the growth."

The blueprint was unveiled Wednesday as a one-page document -- which outlined a plan that would slice the corporate tax rate to 15 percent while simplifying the individual tax code -- but it gave few details on what the plan would mean for the federal deficit and national debt.

"It will happen quickly, and ... the jobs have already started," Trump said, adding that "a lot of positive things" are going to happen on tax reform. "You saw last year, GDP at 1.6 percent. That is a terrible situation for this country but last year is not this year."

But experts interviewed this week by ABC News said economic growth likely wouldn't make up for the massive loss in federal revenue. One analysis, by the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates the Trump’s plan could cost anywhere between 3 and 7 trillion dollars in lost revenue over the next decade.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made similar comments yesterday at the White House. "This will pay for itself with growth and with reduction of different deductions and closing loopholes," he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Capitol Hill was crawling with kids Thursday. Beyond the usual school groups and tours, there were dozens of youngsters joining their parents for national Take Your Kid to Work Day.

House Speaker Paul Ryan ended his weekly press conference by asking all the "junior" reporters to come onstage for a picture.

The son of a Getty photographer was there to capture the moment.

Pretty great. @somogettynews' photog son works the angles to capture Speaker Ryan at the podium.

— AshLee Strong (@AshLeeStrong) April 27, 2017

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi greeted children for photos with her office too.

Among those shadowing the grown-ups were two girls from Texas who lost their father, a former Marine, a few years ago.

First Sergeant Jonathan Compton served in the U.S. Marines for 15 years, including in combat, before taking his own life in 2014. Thanks to an organization called Tuesday's Children, which was
established after 9/11 to help care for kids who lost parents, Compton's two daughters and other children of fallen military service members were able to fly to Washington go to work today with
members of Congress.

Compton's two daughters, both with long straight hair and freckles on the bridge of their noses, met with both Democrats and Republicans today. They heard speeches and even went to meetings.
Bailey, aged 7, said the best part of her day was meeting Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL). Kelly took the young girl on to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"She took pledge of allegiance and heard each congressperson give their messages," Kelly told ABC about Bailey's visit. She said her message to all girls was that they should run for office one
day. Bailey replied by saying, “I may be the president.”

Sara Compton, Johnathan’s widow, took the girls to see the national monuments yesterday and joined her family at the Capitol today. She said her husband would have been proud and “so excited” to
see his girls in the halls of Congress.

“We think of him every day and everywhere we are. It is so important to me to shine a light on the need for mental health benefits, not only for our veterans but for our first responders,” she told
ABC News.

Compton served in the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force.

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Gary Blakeley/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump may have called the 100-day point of his presidency a “ridiculous marker,” but on the ground this past week the White House has been engaged in an all-hands-on-deck, all-out sprint hoping to put last-minute wins on the board.

On Wednesday, the White House dispatched the Treasury secretary, the president's chief economic adviser, the commerce secretary, a top national security official and the VA secretary for in-person briefings, including a conference call with a top official in the Department of Education.

The breakneck pace of back-to-back-to-back briefings left some reporters running in and out of all of them to chase down the news of the day. Whether it involved the president popping by the North Korea briefing as a senior national security adviser briefed on the situation simultaneously, or when Sen. Chris Coons found himself ambushed by reporters on the North Lawn as more than 90 of his fellow senators began loading onto rented coach buses back to Capitol Hill.

In addition to that, in an arrangement that can only be described as Cabinet speed dating, several executive branch officials and senior staff were tasked with doing multiple radio and TV interviews, trying to fan the administration's message across the country. The effort included octogenarian Wilbur Ross moving from chair to chair for media sit-downs in the makeshift radio row in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Observing the roll-out of Wednesday's tax plan, it appeared to be the result of a staff caught off-guard by the president’s impromptu promise last week to deliver on a signature campaign promise. The one-page, multiple-font, double-spaced outline included far less detail than even the tax plan the president rolled out as a candidate.

The president, on the other hand, by all appearances coasted through the week with a relaxed demeanor. He has invited reporters into the Oval Office for private interviews, signed executive orders where he joked that he didn’t have time to read the whole text, and made off-campus visits to the Treasury Department, the Interior Department and today to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Yesterday he spent the late afternoon on the phone with the Mexican president and Canadian prime minister after Politico quoted one of his “top aides” saying he was preparing to sign an executive order withdrawing from NAFTA, and then bragged about his negotiations Thursday morning on Twitter.

The drama around the prospect of the government shutting down or the potential for a revived health care bill has been mostly kept outside the confines of the White House. Meanwhile Trump is heading for a weekend in one of his favorite settings: a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the fourth of his presidency.

The thought of the president “among the people” in a key state that delivered his election win as DC’s press dons black ties and gowns in the Washington Hilton has every aide grinning. For a president with few substantive policy wins on his watch, they couldn’t have drawn out better optics for the 100th day in a TV script.

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Mario Tama/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House today attempted to shift blame for the vetting of President Trump's former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, to the Obama administration.

"His [security] clearance was last reissued by the Obama administration in 2016 with full knowledge of his activities that occurred in 2015," press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday afternoon.

When asked whether Flynn would still have his job if he hadn't been fired by the president in February, Spicer said, "I will just say they think the president made the right call at the right time and it's clearly paid off."

Spicer also said the Trump administration welcomes the Department of Defense investigation of Flynn.

Flynn, who was President Trump's first national security adviser, was fired after it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with a Russian official.

Flynn had been warned in a letter from the Pentagon against receiving payments from foreign governments in 2014 after leaving the Defense Intelligence Agency, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., revealed on Thursday.

The letter, released on Thursday by Cummings, was a primer on ethics restrictions that apply to retired military officers and it warned that Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, was prohibited from
receiving foreign payments without prior approval, under the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The Defense Department's inspector general opened the probe today into whether Flynn received permission to accept foreign payments.

Documents released in March showed Flynn was paid a total of $56,200 in 2015 by three Russian firms owned by or closely tied to the Kremlin.

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tupungato/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- To avert a government shutdown at the end of the week, lawmakers are hoping that a stopgap measure would provide Congressional leadership more time to negotiate a larger funding

The deadline for Congress to pass a spending bill is midnight Friday, aligning with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

But this new short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen late Wednesday, would extend funding to May 5, until Congress can pass a bill
that would fund the government through September.

“This Continuing Resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest
of the fiscal year," Rep. Frelinghuysen, R-New Jersey, said in a statement released last night.

Frelinghuysen added, “I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon."

"The reason this government funding bill is not ready is because Democrats have been dragging their feet," Ryan said on Thursday. "So the reason we need an extension in the first place is because
Democrats are dragging their feet. ... People need to be able to read the bill so it inevitably, under any scenario or circumstance requires a short-term extension."

While Republicans believe the CR will pass the House and the Senate, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Democrats will support the measure but it "depends on what form it

Pelosi said the Democrats' position is if they're ready to cut a deal on the larger spending bill, they'll support the CR being pushed by Republicans and "allow another week."

"But if it's just more time kicking the can down the road to have the same back-and-forths and unknowns injected into the debate, we're not there," Pelosi said.

Pelosi acknowledged that some Democrats don't want any stopgap bill passed: "They think that ... there's been plenty of time and they're not going vote for the CR. But depending on where we are on
this bill I think some will, I will," Pelosi said.

"We are never going to shut the government down," Pelosi said. "We are hoping that we will be able to resolve these differences."

The bipartisan negotiations on an all-encompassing funding bill have focused on funding for Trump's proposed border wall and Affordable Care Act subsidies for insurers.

Ryan said the bill would not include key Obamacare subsidy payments to insurers, which Democrats were hoping to protect. However, Republicans have offered Democrats a deal that doesn't include
funding for the wall.

Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, "We're getting really close" to a final spending bill. "Now it's just kind of getting down to the final details."

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