Friends who talk frequently to Trump tell us the President will make one big change in response to the health-care fiasco: In the constant check-in phone calls for which he's famous, he's going to talk with a wider array of people -- and include more Democrats.
Participants say "The Closer" has been having a flurry of "What happened?" conversations which make it clear that he realized far too late how much trouble the bill was in.
The White House announcement this morning about the meeting of the world's two most powerful men, which Axios AM readers learned two weeks ago:
"President Donald J. Trump will host President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago April 6–7, 2017. This will be the first meeting between President Trump and President Xi. ... The President and the First Lady will also host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at a dinner on the evening of April 6."
Axios' Jonathan Swan talked to Richard McGregor — the Financial Times alumnus who wrote "The Party," a seminal book on China's Communist Party — about what China wants. The takeaway: China does not want (for the moment) to upend the status quo.
Chaser ... N.Y. Times front page, "As Trump Backtracks, China Seizes Chance to Lead on Climate," by Edward Wong: "[T]he Obama administration prodded, cajoled and beseeched China ... Now, it is far likelier that the world will see China pushing the United States to meet its commitments and try to live up to the letter and spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement, even if Mr. Trump has signaled he has no intention of doing so."
Worth the click ... An exclusive clip for Axios AM readers from next Sunday's edition of Showtime's "The Circus," a road trip to five states in five days — including an informal focus group about Trump, conducted by Mark Halperin at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire:
Insights from participants: "I think he's getting a heck of an education" ... "It's supposed to feel uncomfortable, and it does feel uncomfortable. And that's good. That's change."
Advice: "Slow down."
One word to describe Trump: "impulsive ... arrogant ... huge ... winner ... bombastic ... rash ... rambunctious ... change ... rushed ... unsettling .. circus."
One of Trump's more intriguing appointments was Omarosa Manigault, who became a celebrity as "alpha-female villain" in the first season of Trump's "The Apprentice," and was the campaign's director of African-American outreach. Now, she's Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Her role is explored critically in a WashPost front-pager, "In Trump's view, Omarosa more than apprentice," by Vanessa Williams:
Jeff Bezos Is now the world's second richest person," after Bill Gates, per Bloomberg's Robert Lafranco:
"Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person. ... Bezos has a net worth of $75.6 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, $700 million more than Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Buffett and $1.3 billion above Ortega, the founder of Inditex S.A. and Europe's richest person."
Even though he doesn't talk much about it, and coverage is spotty, Trump is a War President. The two column lead of today's N.Y. Times is an eye-opening step-back, "U.S. War Footprint Grows, With No Endgame in Sight: Concerns That No One Is Planning for Peace as Americans Expand Mideast Role," by Ben Hubbard in Beirut and Michael Gordon in D.C.: "
Part of the price of the Russia brouhaha is woven into a Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Trump's Hope for Russia Reset Fades," by Carol Lee and Paul Sonne in Washington, and Thomas Grove in Moscow:
The U.K. filed its Brexit divorce papers with the European Union yesterday. NPR London correspondent Frank Langfitt captures the ambivalence that remains after the 52-48 vote last June:
In our latest "Smarter, Faster" video, Arianna Huffington says: "We all have a lot of wisdom, a lot of creativity, in us." But much of it is lost because we're buried in our screens. There's a reason, she says, that a lot of our best ideas come in the shower.
The Uber Lost and Found Index, released yesterday, features the 50 most unique items that have been left behind, including:
Nordic walking poles ... a lobster ... sweet potato care package ... paycheck ... Hot Cheetos ... bulletproof vest ... lottery ticket ... Elf cut-out ... wooden hat ... Harry Potter glasses ... arm sling ... taser.