The immigration effort seemed to receive a boost Tuesday when Trump met with two dozen lawmakers and agreed to seek a bipartisan way to resuscitate the program. Democrats have threatened to withhold those votes without an immigration agreement.
A White House spokeswoman says a judge's ruling against the Trump administration involving a program that protects young immigrants is "outrageous".
With an eye on bolstering cyber security protocols and cracking down on leaks to the media, Chief of Staff John Kelly issued a memo to staff on Wednesday outlining the administration's new ban on personal cell phones within the West Wing complex of the White House. Americans' communications are inadvertently swept up in the process and privacy advocates and some lawmakers want to require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to query and view the content of Americans' communications that are in the database to build domestic crime cases.
"How do 6 people bind the other 94 in the Senate?"
One of his tweet suggested that the foreign intelligence program was used to collect information that might have been used to taint his campaign. That group met for the first time this week.
Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.
The nation's top spy bosses scrambled to the White House early Thursday to urge President Trump to restate his support for a controversial surveillance law after he spent the morning trashing it on Twitter.
Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused by his foes of racist attitudes and has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced. They're not denying that the president said this, in this statement. His tweets came shortly after a "Fox and Friends" segment that highlighted the FISA program, calling it "controversial".
DeStefano will also continue to oversee the Office of Presidential Personnel, as well as taking responsibility for the Office of Public Liaison and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, people familiar with the plans said.
On Thursday morning, the president appeared to contradict the position of his own administration. "FISA is something the President should have known about long before he turned on Fox this morning". One said lawmakers in the room were taken aback by Trump's remarks. But he has clashed with Trump over policy in Afghanistan and Iran.
"It's designed to prevent leaks and ensure the productivity of the people who work here", the official said.
"It's been a year, but doesn't it feel like a decade?" a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive nature of the personnel shifts. The closest example is Kellyanne Conway, who became close to Trump on the campaign trail but has not been a longtime confidante.
Trump's request covers 74 miles of border wall as part of a 10-year, $18 billion proposal.
White House aides have been told to decide before the end of January whether they intend to leave the administration or stay through the November midterm elections, an official said, a deadline intended to help bring a sense of order to an anticipated staffing exodus.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, warned that stiffer restrictions would "cripple" the intelligence program.
Trump has said previous rules were far too lax and led to damaging leaks about top aides, a claim fiercely contested by Democrats. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has also made the television rounds in recent days, has pushed for less invasive spying measures.
Kelly has been trying to take the reins of staffing in the West Wing since his elevation last summer.
"How do six people bind the other 94 in the Senate?" Trump has said he will sign the bill, which would extend the program for six years. Since the departure of Steve Bannon over the summer, that position has remained vacant, leading to grumbling from some of Trump's allies at the state of his political operation. All the actions were approved by the court.
During an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.
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