On their show this morning, Joe and Mika of MSNBC's Morning Joe discussed their meeting with President Trump yesterday and other conversations with senior administration officials over the weekend. The highlights:
- Stephen Miller was behind the executive order: "You get a very young person in the White House on a power trip thinking that you can just write executive orders and tell all of your Cabinet agencies to go to hell. And Washington's in an uproar this morning — forget about what's happening in the street — because Stephen Miller decided he was going to do this without going through the regular interagency process."
- The Mattis/Kelly/Tillerson reaction: "If this did happen again, the president would have serious problems with his foreign policy team as well as the entire government."
- Trump's okay with it: Trump expressed no regret about the executive order rollout, but senior administration officials had discussions regarding how it was not properly communicated both to the media and other federal agencies.
- National Security Council meetings: It took Joe 4 hours to nail down confirmation from the White House that the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have open access to NSC meetings.