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In today’s briefing, CNN National Security Correspondent Elise Labott previews the possible foreign policy moves the Trump administration could make as it turns the page on the Obama era.
And meanwhile, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team reportedly questioned Trump’s former campaign manager last week. In any case, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power penned an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday. She warns the potential for war would be stronger if Trump tried to fire Mueller and even more so if he tried to remove Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller probe.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said during an interview on Monday that he believes firing Mueller “would be the biggest mistake” that Trump could make, though Democrats say he’s trying to cover up the effort. During the daily White House press briefing, spokesman Hogan Gidley would not confirm whether it’s a subject of the ongoing investigation.
White House chief of staff John Kelly joined Fox News on Monday to reiterate that Donald Trump is not going to “engage in fights with Congress.” But when asked what the president should do with the House, Senate and executive branch investigations into his administration, Kelly replied: “Let him let them work. We don’t have an administration that’s going to start attacking the investigations that are going on.”
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Trump’s political consultant and pollster, Tony Fabrizio, writes that Democrats are wasting their time targeting House Republicans over the Russia probe.
Meanwhile, the president tweeted over the weekend that the economy is “amazing” and that the economy is the best in over 30 years.