Friday News: Trolling Trump

NEW TRUMP INITIATIVE FOR CITIZENS TO REPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS BACKFIRES: A newly unveiled federal hotline intended to collect reports of crimes committed by immigrants has instead been inundated by accounts of UFOs, killer robots and Superman. The Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement, or VOICE, office opened Wednesday to track crimes committed by immigrants – legal or undocumented – to the United States. The office, part of the Department of Homeland Security, also rolled out a hotline for tips from the public. It didn’t take long for non-fans of President Donald Trump to come up with ways to register their disapproval of the whole idea. And the internet rose to the, well, call.

LIKELIHOOD OF WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREA GROWS WITH TRUMP STATEMENTS: President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview with Reuters, did not rule out the possibility of war with North Korea, which continues to defy the United States with its missile and nuclear programs. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an exclusive interview. Trump has been pressuring China to exert its influence on North Korea and leader Kim Jong-Un. “We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult," he said.

TRUMP UPSET HEALTHCARE OVERHAUL WILL NOT BE DEALT WITH BY 100 DAY MILESTONE: President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won't be shut down — for at least another week. "As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it," McCarthy said after leaving a nearly two-hour meeting of the House GOP leadership. He ruled out votes on Friday or Saturday — which is Trump's 100th day in the White House. That was a disappointment for the administration, whose officials had pressured House leaders all week to try completing the health measure by Saturday.

ECONOMIC GROWTH UNDER TRUMP MISERABLY LOW IN 1ST QUARTER: The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result repeats a pattern that has characterized the recovery: lackluster beginnings to the year. The gross domestic product, the total output of goods and services, grew by just 0.7 percent in the first quarter following a gain of 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The slowdown primarily reflected slower consumer spending, which grew by just 0.3 percent after a 3.5 percent gain in the fourth quarter. It was the poorest showing in more than seven years.

TRUMP'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR KNOWINGLY VIOLATED NATIONAL SECURITY RESTRICTIONS: Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon authorities. Also, the Defense Department inspector general's office confirms in a separate document that it is investigating whether Flynn failed to obtain prior approval. Flynn earned tens of thousands of dollars from Russia's state-sponsored RT television network and from a Turkish businessman linked to Turkey's government.



I hate to start your weekend off

with an all-Trump news briefing, but if we're going to hell in a handbasket, we should probably keep a journal of the voyage.