🥞 Good Sunday morning ...
"Use often!" ... Trump tweets this morning: "The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished.' I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!"
Back in December, President Trump tweeted: "After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness."
Now, the FBI is getting its revenge. All at once, Trump is being pounded by the bureau and its alumni, with a three-pronged threat:
Why it matters: As Trump confronts complex international eruptions and prepares for a summit with North Korea, the FBI clearly has taken up residence in his head.
Be smart: The intelligence community, which Trump has also taunted and maligned, could still harbor surprises for a flummoxed president.
P.S. To give you a sense of the tack Comey will take on the book tour ahead, he dedicates the book to "my former colleagues, the career people of the Department of Justice and the FBI, whose lasting commitment to truth keeps our country great."
A key passage from Comey's book, noted by Lozada:
Chris Matthews tells me, in advance of a special he narrates at 9 tonight on MSNBC, "Headliners: James Comey":
Michèle Flournoy — former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under President Obama, co-founder and managing director of WestExec Advisors, and former CEO of the Center for a New American Security — provides Axios with her analysis of the Syria strikes:
Shot ... Trump on Twitter yesterday: "Mission Accomplished!"
Chaser ... Phrase haunted Bush: "Back in 2003, a flight suit-clad President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under a giant 'Mission Accomplished' banner and declared that 'major combat operations in Iraq have ended' — just six weeks after the invasion. But the war dragged on for many years after that."
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said at a briefing yesterday that there had been a "2,000% increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours," as part of a disinformation campaign following the strike against Syria.
The "Philadelphia’s mayor’s office and Police Department have begun separate investigations into the arrest of two African American men waiting to meet an acquaintance at a Center City Starbucks on Thursday after a video of the incident was widely shared on social media," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Starbucks statement: “We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest ... We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores."
Sir Martin Sorrell, 73, abruptly resigned as CEO of WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, ahead of the findings of an investigation into alleged personal misconduct.
"The Gary Player of advertising" ... A memorable assessment for Axios readers by a Sorrell client and friend, who asked not to be named in order to be more candid:
This elegantly presented N.Y. Times takeout is the extremely rare long story that you'll read from beginning to end — and that delivers on what it promises:
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a two-part Broadway drama now in previews and opening April 22, cost about $68.5 million, more than for any other nonmusical in history, per the N.Y. Times' Michael Paulson:
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