Today in 5 Lines During his address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Donald Trump touted his efforts to uphold campaign promises and doubled down on his attacks against the press. The president also signed an executive order that requires federal departments to appoint regulatory reform officers in an effort to remove “job-killing regulations.” The White House blocked a number of major news outlets from attending a press briefing, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and The Los Angeles Times. The State Department, which has gone a month without holding its daily press briefings, announced that it will resume regular briefings in early March. The Department of Homeland Security posted a memo stating that it will start collecting proposals in March for the “design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.”
Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday. Republican President Donald Trump has pushed to fulfill a campaign promise to replace Obamacare, his Democratic predecessor’s signature healthcare plan, with the help of a Republican-controlled Congress. More details of potential replacements by U.S. House Republicans for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act emerged on Friday, though they have yet to agree on a single detailed policy proposal to repeal and replace the healthcare law.
On Friday, Feb. 24, reporters from CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to attend an informal White House press briefing in the office of the press secretary, Sean Spicer. The White House defended the decision in a statement and said, “We decided to add a couple additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that.”
"CNN's reporting was not fake news," Fox News host Shep Smith said on air on Friday. In lieu of a daily press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a closed-door gaggle with reporters, hand-selecting which media organizations had the privilege of attending. CNN, the
New York Times,
Los Angeles Times and
Politico were denied access, prompting a flurry of confusion and outrage. While reporters from the Associated Press and
Time reportedly boycotted the meeting, the media outlets banned found an unexpected but increasingly vocal ally: Fox News' Shep Smith. SEE ALSO: Trump White House blocks CNN, New York Times, BuzzFeed, Politico from press briefing Smith defended the media organizations that the White House barred from the briefing on TV on Friday afternoon, and noted that President Donald J. Trump has referred to some the organizations as "fake news" in the past. When Smith noted that Spicer hand-picked the media allowed in the gaggle, Smith said, "that is highly unusual." Later in the segment, Smith attempted to educate Trump and his audience on what "fake news" really actually is. Sorry, but it's not news that you don't like. "For the record," Smith said in the broadcast, "fake news refers to stories that are created often by entities pretending to be news organizations solely to draw clicks and views and are based on nothing of substance. In short, fake news is made-up nonsense delivered for financial gain. CNN's reporting was not fake news." This isn't the first time Smith has gone on air to defend CNN. He defended CNN reporter Jim Acosta after Trump called CNN fake news during a press conference and again when Trump insulted the media at another press conference when he ignored questions involving Russia. BONUS: Trump claims drugs are cheaper than candy, Americans collectively facepalm