This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours.
President Donald Trump on Friday demanded an apology from ESPN after one of its anchors called him a “white supremacist,” spoke with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May after the London terror attack, and set one condition for the immigration talks he’s in with lawmakers.
‘APOLOGIZE FOR UNTRUTH!’
Trump said ESPN is “paying a really big price for its politics” and that the network should “apologize for untruth,” following comments by one of its anchors earlier this week. Trump didn’t name Jemele Hill, who said in a tweet on Monday that the president “is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” Hill has since apologized to the network, which is owned by Disney DIS, +0.63% , but hasn’t rescinded her comments on Trump.
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
SYMPATHY AFTER U.K. ATTACK
The White House said Trump spoke with May “to convey his sympathies and prayers for those injured in the terrorist attack today in London.” Trump also tweeted about the incident Friday morning, and said in one tweet that “these are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard.”
May told the BBC she didn’t think it was “helpful” for anyone to speculate on an ongoing investigation.
Speaking at an Air Force base, Trump said he communicated to May his “absolute commitment to eradicating terrorists from our planet. Radical Islamic terrorism, it will be eradicated, believe me.”
Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
TRUMP SETS IMMIGRATION CONDITION
As Trump hammers out a deal on immigration, he took to Twitter to set a condition. “Chain migration cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on immigration,” he said. Chain migration refers to immigrants coming to a country based on family connections.
The president and lawmakers including top Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi are working on a deal to protect undocumented immigrants. Trump says border security must be part of the deal and that his proposed wall can come later.