Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Denver news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Des Moines news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Minneapolis-St. Paul news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tampa Bay news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Charlotte news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Trump, surrounded by cabinet members, hands his pen to the director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney. Photo: Pool/Getty

The AP today paints a picture of Trump's cabinet as a life of "everyday doses of presidential adulation, humiliation, perks and pestering" after interviewing almost two dozen officials, lawmakers and outside advisers.

Why it matters: "Trump has had more turnover of Cabinet-level positions than any president at this point in their tenure in the last 100 years," the AP reports

Highlight reel:

  • “The president has complained to confidants that more members of his Cabinet “weren’t good on TV.””
  • Rex Tillerson and Trump "never clicked" and Tillerson's "passive-aggressive manner infuriated the president, delivering retorts like “if you say so” and “you know best, sir.””
  • At the end of a speech praising the EPA for its deregulatory accomplishments, "Trump turned to Pruitt across the Oval Office to discuss one other matter, [Scott Pruitt's scandals.] “Knock it off,” Trump said.""
  • When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his recusal from the Russia investigation, “Trump screamed at" staffers he'd called to the Oval Office, including Jared Kushner, then-adviser Steve Bannon and then-Chief of Staff Reince Preibus.
    • "He demand[ed] to know how Sessions could be so “disloyal” while musing that he should fire the attorney general…"
    • “Earlier this year, to mark the one-year anniversary of his confirmation, his senior aides gave [Sessions] a gift: a bulletproof vest emblazoned with his name.”
  • "Trump has remained fond of hard-charging Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, praising his combative briefings with the press."
  • Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is believed to be the "most successful in managing Trump because he is "soft-spoken in his interactions with the president — often passing up the chance to speak in meetings."
    • "Mattis is a frequent guest at White House lunches and dinners, a sign of his elevated status. He frames his suggestions to the president in terms of his expertise ... White House officials have noticed that Trump sometimes later repeats historical military anecdotes that Mattis related to him — evidence the president was really listening."

Go deeper: Read the full report.

Go deeper

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
4 mins ago - Economy & Business

Momentum builds for major antitrust reform

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump's outgoing antitrust chief Makan Delrahim on Tuesday endorsed a proposal from House Democrats that would put new limits on acquisitions by large companies, during comments made at a Duke University event.

Why it matters: Momentum is building for major antitrust reform, updating rules that were written for railroads instead of routers.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump has delivered a farewell speech and departed Washington for the last time on Air Force One, kicking off the day that will culminate with President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

What's next: The inaugural celebration for young Americans is being livestreamed, starting at 10am.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Trump departs on final Air Force One flight

President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration and grant pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.

You’ve caught up. Now what?

Sign up for Mike Allen’s daily Axios AM and PM newsletters to get smarter, faster on the news that matters.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!