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Trump threatens to pull ICE agents from California

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At a meeting with state and local officials over school safety, President Trump claimed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is getting no help from California in the fight against gangs like MS-13, and that he would consider pulling federal agents from the state to prove a point.

Yes, but: There is no evidence that the administration actually has plans to penalize California by withdrawing ICE officials, as the LA Times notes, but his remarks reflect growing frustration from the Justice Department about a lack of cooperation from sanctuary cities.

"Frankly, it's a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals... that if we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said 'hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,' in two months they'd be begging for us to come back...And you know what, I'm thinking about doing it."
— President Trump
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How Trump created a new era of high risk

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On Jan. 26, just over a year into his presidency, President Trump had a president's dream: peace and prosperity. The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hit record highs.

Where it stands: Since then, Trump has injected multiple new risks into the system.

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How Trump delivered on Obama promises — big time

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The $1.3 trillion spending deal that President Trump signed on Friday expands many of President Obama's priorities, despite his previous proposals to do the exact opposite, Politico's Michael Grunwald notes.

The big picture: Most of Congress didn't really read it; Trump threatened to veto the bill yesterday, and ended up signing it anyway. He said he would never sign a bill like that again, but it was too late: a White House official told Axios' Mike Allen that Trump's signing led to "the hardest I've ever seen the base turn on Trump over anything."