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An old Trump friend arrives in Washington seeking forgiveness

Daily Trump Tracker: Argentina’s president wants a do-over as the alt-right media’s drop-in doesn’t measure up to expectations


 
OLIVOS, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 26: Mauricio Macri President of Argentina looks on during a press conference to announce the return of ANSES' social security funds to different provincies at the Olivos Presidential Residence on October 26, 2016 in Olivos, Argentina. (Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)

OLIVOS, ARGENTINA – OCTOBER 26: Mauricio Macri President of Argentina looks on during a press conference to announce the return of ANSES’ social security funds to different provincies at the Olivos Presidential Residence on October 26, 2016 in Olivos, Argentina. (Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)

We go waaay back
Real estate scions and arrivée heads of state Donald Trump and Mauricio Macri are set to reconnect in Washington this week. The presidents have been pally for three decades, but the Donald will have to get over some decidedly uncool comments from his Argentinian counterpart. Macri downplayed Trump’s chances of winning the election during the campaign, but is now hoping to secure better access to the U.S. market for Argentine products. Good thing Trump’s the forgiving type.

Careful what you wish for
The president invited the whole alt-right media cabal who helped elect him to a White House salon today. But the assembled flaks didn’t necessarily enjoy the meeting with their main man. Attendees reportedly didn’t appreciate press staffers flipping the conversation on and off the record at will, nor being forced to compete for first-to-post bragging rights with everyone else in the room.

Set your tweets to “stun”
Dang it, he spotted us. The president appears to have entirely switched his anti-NAFTA attention from Mexico to Canada, specifically our cows. Trump tweeted today that he “will not stand” for practices on our side of the border that make it “very difficult” for dairy farmers on his. Meanwhile, the Canadian prime minister’s ‘play nice’ strategy for keeping his U.S. counterpart away from our cheese and trees has been declared a bust.

Money for something
Post-inauguration, people have been opening their wallets, just not in the way Trump might have hoped. Charitable groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, which have opposed or been the target of his actions, have reportedly seen a surge in donor cash since the presidential changeover. There’s no shortage of uses for the money—Amnesty International USA easily rhymed off 100 different ways Trump has “threatened human rights” in his not-quite first 100 days.

A statement on anti-Semitism
At a Holocaust remembrance ceremony today, the president promised to “confront anti-Semitism” and “always stand with the Jewish people.” The gaffe-light public appearance is an improvement on that time he used a question about anti-Semitism to talk about his Electoral College victory; that time his Holocaust Remembrance Day statement didn’t mention the Jewish people; or that time his press secretary called the concentration camps “Holocaust centres.”


 

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