President Trump plans to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the gold-plated Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida next month for a lowering-the-temperature summit with vast economic and security implications, Axios has learned.
No golf is planned during the meeting of the globe's two superpowers: This will mostly be a working session, according to officials familiar with the planning. The tentative dates are Thursday afternoon, April 6, through Friday, April 7.
Look for ... big White House announcements announcements early in the week on the side of economic nationalism.
After a front-page Financial Times article on Saturday about a trade war inside the West Wing, President Trump made it clear again — during a working lunch with several Cabinet members and senior aides at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. — that the leads on trade are Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Peter Navarro at the new National Trade Council, as it has been.
At 11 a.m. today in the Roosevelt Room, Trump holds a healthcare listening session "with victims of Obamacare to hear their stories and discuss how Obamacare is failing them."
At 4:30 p.m. in the Oval Office, after a Cabinet meeting, Trump signs an executive order "to reorganize the federal government." The White House describes it as "the beginning of the ... reorganization of our federal departments and agencies" to make the government more "efficient, effective, and accountable."
Hot West Wing read ... The New Yorker, "Is Trump trolling the White House press corps? At daily briefings, Sean Spicer calls on young journalists from far-right sites. The mainstream media sees them as an existential threat," by Andrew Marantz:
"A longtime Washington reporter from a mainstream network [said:] 'I don't mind them bringing in conservative voices that they feel have been underrepresented ... Personally, I don't even mind them [messing] with the front-row guys, the Jonathan Karls of the world. Those guys are a smug little cartel, and it's fun to watch them squirm, at least for a little while. But at what point does it start to delegitimize the whole idea of what happens in that room? When does it cross the line into pure trolling?'"
Bloomberg Businessweek called it "Trump's K Street Office." Avenue Strategies, the lobbying firm started by former campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and Barry Bennett, gets a splash in the president's favorite paper with "Want to Keep the President at Bay? Two Consultants Have an Inside Track," an Editorial Observer column by N.Y. Times editorial-board member Elizabeth Williamson:
Bill Gates, in an email interview with Axios' Ina Fried, on the next frontiers in computing:
There are a lot of "next frontiers" in computing. Mixed reality is one of them, and so are AI and quantum computing. I have been using virtual reality videos on my Gates Notes blog to bring people along on the work that I do with my foundation. You can come with me to South Africa to learn about HIV/AIDS, which is one of our big program areas. Later this year, I'll have more VR videos to share.
There is still no substitute for seeing these things for yourself, but VR is a close second. But the full immersive experience of VR makes it impractical for daily life, and that's where augmented reality and mixed reality experiences can take the lead. It can be a layer of information on top of what's happening in real life.
Ina launches her tech newsletter, Login, this morning, with Kim Hart and David McCabe covering the innovation agenda from D.C. Sign up here.
President Trump could be making an inconvenient enemy in Randi Weingarten, head of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, according to Axios' Jonathan Swan and Dan Primack:
The nightmare scenario for Obamacare is a meltdown of the individual health insurance market, Axios' Bob Herman writes from Chicago:
Kia Kokalitcheva writes from S.F. ... Uber and Lyft left Austin last year after failing to reverse a new fingerprinting requirement for drivers, and the alternative services failed a big stress test at South by Southwest this weekend. Rain, along with an influx of thousands of attendees, meant a huge spike in demand and technical troubles for apps like Ride Austin, Fasten, and Fare.
Politics everywhere ... From Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker, to Planned Parenthood and Tumblr, Texas Competes's Jessica Shortall, and investors Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca, political discussions are front and center at this year's event. "
"Millennial love for Snapchat extends to the stock," by Reuters' Angela Moon in N.Y.: "Some seasoned investors have been wary of the volatile, relatively high-priced stock of a company that has yet to report a profit. But novice investors said their deep affinity with the disappearing-message app prompted them to jump in."
Chris Matthews writes from New York ... The Fed's interest-rate setting committee meets this week, and markets are convinced that the Fed will raise rates by 0.25% when the meeting adjourns Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal lead story, "Week of Crucial Events Looms for Markets ... Expected Federal Reserve rate increase, possible Brexit move could push traders to reverse course in unison."
Selection Sunday recap by AP National Writer Eddie Pells: "There were tears in Syracuse, head-scratching about Duke and more than a few double takes at Wichita State. At Northwestern, they simply celebrated."
"Don't tell your boss: How to stream March Madness tournament: "For many of the early round games, ... you'll need a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription. The television networks no longer offer a stand-alone subscription you can buy without cable."
"DC cafe becomes 'second White House cafeteria,'" by N.Y. Post's Richard Johnson:
"Cafe Milano in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, is the favorite restaurant of the Trump administration. On Wednesday night, at three separate tables were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. ... Others in the room included Fox news anchor Bret Baier, ex-US ambassador Nancy Brinker, investment guru Mark Ein, and Bill Clinton, who made the rounds saying hi to everyone."