According to the New York Times, Trump Plans 20% Tax on Mexican Imports to Pay for Border Wall.
The Wall Street Journal has an explanation on Trump’s Little Mexican War. Or as Bret Stephens puts it: “Devastating WSJ editorial on Trump's ‘amateur hour’ diplomatic fiasco with Mexico.”
Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties, aka those that are home to Trump-branded golf courses and luxury towers. Bloomberg reporters Caleb Melby, Blacki Migliozzi, Michael Keller
At Buzzfeed, Alberto Nardelli writes that The Man Tipped To Be Trump's Ambassador To The EU Compared It To The Soviet Union.
Likely due to everything that’s been happening since Trump took office but a week ago, The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned, says Josh Rogin at the Washington Post.
Trump vs. media
Yesterday’s big news was this headline from the New York Times: Trump’s Chief Strategist Says News Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut.’ It was written by Mike Grynbaum. Maggie Haberman there tweeted, “Bannon unloads on the press, esp NYT.” Jake Tapper at CNN (of the famous “f**ck outta here” face) tweeted: “Reminder that the president's top aide just told NYT that the press should keep its mouth shut. No.” And Miriam Elder added, “Yikes, Bannon: ‘The media here is the opposition party.’”
Trump vs. voting
The Washington Post reports that In a private meeting, Pence vowed ‘full evaluation of voting rolls’ over claims of voting fraud.
Meanwhile, the same paper published this from Matea Gold: it turns out, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is also registered to vote in two states.
And if you were curious about our president’s son-in-law’s family, read Jared Kushner’s Felon Father Back At Helm Of Empire With Two Fellow Inmates, from Bloomberg reporters David Kocieniewski and Caleb Melby. Their article begins: “It's hard to find work right out of prison.”
Trump vs. healthcare
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Ads Yanked in Sign Trump Wants Law Crippled from Jonathan Weisman, Emmarie Huetteman, and Michael Gordon at the New York Times. Jonathan explained, “Trump lie that he lost popular vote because of illegal ballots started with wonderment & ridicule. Now it's serious.” Jonathan Kay tweeted, “Jeffersonian democracy to be de-Jeffersonized in response to Trump's garbled anecdotes from Bernhard Langer.” And Michael Gordon added, “New #Pentagon spokesman? Leading candidate is John Ullyot, former spox for John Warner, former USMC intel officer.”
Politico’s Paul Demko backed that up, publishing Trump White House abruptly halts Obamacare ads. Marty Kady called it a “Huge scoop on Obamacare by @pauldemko -- Trump administration has stopped all outreach on ACA enrollment.”
But the Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis says Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare.
Trump vs. America
In the Miami Herald, Patricia Mazzei reports that Miami-Dade orders jail to comply with Trump crackdown on ‘sanctuary’ counties. She explained in a tweet: “Miami-Dade @MayorGimenez, citing @POTUS order, signs memo undoing county's status as immigrant ‘sanctuary.’”
ABC says Trump claimed 2 were shot dead in Chicago during Obama’s farewell speech. But it never happened, the Chicago Tribune wrote. Brandon Wall explains: “ABC transcript had Trump claiming 2 people were killed in Chicago during Obama’s farewell speech. Tribune says nope.” Matt Lindner put it another way: “Man who is not from Chicago and rarely visits Chicago tells an easily disprovable lie about Chicago.”
And yes, apparently Trump pressured Park Service to back up his claims about inauguration crowd. That from Juliet Eilperin at the Washington Post.
What happens next?
If all of this is getting you down, read Sean Sullivan in the Washington Post - Reality check: Many of Trump’s early vows will never actually happen. Amy Argetsinger tweeted, “Trump's executive orders -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing? (Maybe.)”
Unrelated weekend read
In Vanity Fair, Sheila Weller has a piece entirely unrelated to our current state of affairs: How Author Timothy Tyson Found the Woman at the Center of the Emmett Till Case.