Good Saturday morning from Fort Worth.
Situational awareness: "A year into the Trump administration, the White House website still has no Spanish-language content, unlike during the two previous administrations and even though nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States speaks Spanish." (AP)
In less than a week, months of progress in bringing order to President Trump's West Wing have been reversed.
The resignation of Staff Secretary Rob Porter has brought back many of the chaotic characteristics of the early months, according to conversations Jonathan Swan and I have been having:
The big picture: The White House has still not explained who knew what, and when.
Broke last night ... "Another Trump staffer quits after assault claims," per WashPost:
Be smart, from the N.Y. Times: Trump's "glowing praise of a staff member accused of serial violence against women was in line with the president’s own denials of sexual impropriety ... and his habit of accepting claims of innocence from men [Roy Moore] facing similar allegations."
"A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea’s president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour [at the Olympics], part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw," AP reports:
"No Handshakes as Pence Avoids Kim Jong-un’s Sister at Olympics," by N.Y. Times' Mark Landler:
U.S. athletes are introduced during the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
"The White House denied [last night] a request to release a Democratic memo that aimed to rebut GOP allegations, ... sending it back for revisions due to national-security concerns," per Wall Street Journal:
Trump tweet this a.m.: "The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"
The United States is facing the worst collapse in the trust of institutions — businesses, media, NGOs, government — in the 18-year history of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. But trust in employers has inched up.
CEOs are beginning to fill the gap, Axios' Kim Hart points out:
"For 15 months [after] the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, ... the stock market was a smooth, one-way trade: up 34%, with nary a significant pullback.," Barron's writes in its cover story:
"The last seven weeks amount to a sea change in United States economic policy. The era of fiscal austerity is over, and the era of big deficits is back," the N.Y. Times' Neil Irwin writes:
White House Communications Director "Hope Hicks, the discreet aide always at President Trump’s side whose desk is just outside the Oval Office, ... has worked with Trump longer than anyone he is not related to at the White House," the WashPost's Mary Jordan and Josh Dawsey write:
P.S. N.Y. Times, "As Other Aides Face Trump’s Ire Over Rob Porter’s Departure, Hope Hicks Is Praised," by Katie Rogers:
"An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded. Viewers of NBC's tape-delayed broadcast in the United States still saw it, but it was a pre-recorded version from a rehearsal," AP reports:
Thanks for reading. See you all weekend in the Axios stream ...