President Donald Trump takes note of the first lady’s birthday during a National Teacher of the Year event Wednesday in the Oval Office. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
How Melania Celebrated: She spent her birthday doing first lady things
United Apologizes Ahead of Hearing: Airline takes out a full-page ad in today’s WaPo
Field Trip Bust: Senators call White House bus trip a waste of time
What the White House Is Talking About: President Donald Trump welcomed his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, to the White House today.
What the White House Press Corps Is Talking About: Trump said he’ll “renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate.” Also, it’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day for the press corps. Press secretary Sean Spicer will hold a mock briefing.
Trump Releases Tax Plan: Trump released an outline for his proposed tax cuts Wednesday. It’s short on details, but it does call for seven tax brackets to become three, and the top rate to be reduced to 35% from 39.6%.
JFK’s Diary Has Been Sold: President John F. Kennedy’s 61-page diary sold Wednesday in auction for $718,750. He was in his late 20s when he wrote it.
Credit: RR Auction
Our Daily Melania: Melania Trump celebrated her 47th birthday Wednesday wearing a tailored navy coat dress and crocodile belt. She was the guest of honor at the Senate spouses’ luncheon and she joined her husband to welcome the National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee of Boston, in the Oval Office.
Ivanka Trump gave Melania a birthday shoutout on Twitter, calling her a “wonderful example of kindness and grace” and “incredible step-mom.”
Biden Spotted at Wizards Game: The former vice president made it onto the jumbotron at the Wizards’ game Wednesday night. Staying in the spotlight around D.C.? Maybe those rumors of him making a presidential run in 2020 are true. …
What Washington is Talking About: New documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee show former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned in 2014 by the Defense Intelligence Agency against taking foreign payments.
What America Is Talking About: Mass layoffs at ESPN, including many top on-air personalities.
Countdown: It’s two days to Trump’s 100th day in office/the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
100 Days Report Cards: There are a slew of Trump approval polls out ahead of his milestone day, and they’re all within a few percentage points of each other. Our own CNN-ORC poll puts him at 44%. The lowest, an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, has his approval at 40%, and the highest, Fox News, has him at 45%.
United Apologizes Ahead of Hearing: United took out a full-page ad in today’s The Washington Post, promising law enforcement will not remove passengers from flights except for safety and security reasons and saying it will now offer up to $10,000 for voluntary rebooking:
United is due in Washington soon for a hearing in front of the House Transportation Committee. A spokesman for the committee, Justin Harclerode, told COVER/LINE in an email details of the hearing have not been finalized.
Field Trip a Bust?: The Senate’s big trip Wednesday to the White House to be briefed on North Korea was a waste of time, some members are saying (but we’ll always have these photos to cherish of the world’s greatest deliberative body climbing aboard buses like high schoolers going on a field trip).
Obama Making That Cash: The former President, 55, will reportedly be paid $400,000 for a speech at a conference run by investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, Fox Business reported, noting that’s nearly twice the amount Hillary Clinton made for similar engagements.
Chaffetz Taking Some Time Off: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who shocked Washington last week when he announced he’s not running for re-election in 2018, will be out of commission for three to four weeks for surgery. In a Facebook post, Chaffetz, 50, wrote he’s getting 14 screws and a metal plate removed from his foot at the recommendation of University of Utah doctors.
Mitt on a Mission: Mitt Romney, 70, posted this morning about his visit to Indonesia for CharityVision (the same charity that put on that iconic 2015 boxing match between Romney and Evander Holyfield). The group checked patients’ blood pressure, blood sugar and visual acuity and performed surgeries for people typically blind in one or both eyes, he wrote. About 150 were waiting for care.