“He takes hats from children!”
At the ceremonial œuf rotation, the president obliged a bystanding kid’s request to initial his snapback, then seemingly got a little too into the ballgame, flipping the cap into the assembled masses. Fortunately, a different shot shows the accessory landing in the hands of the original wearer. Trump was joined at the Easter Egg Roll by wife Melania, whose nudge during the national anthem ensured the president looked sufficiently patriotic.
The Donald’s favourite kind of book
During the campaign, Trump said he couldn’t find the space on his schedule to crack open a good hardcover. But the president made an exception for the works of fresh-faced conservative podcast correspondent Michael J. Knowles. His book club recommendation: Reasons to vote for Democrats, a volume mostly consisting of blank pages. The hat-tip for the satirical Amazon bestseller came after Knowles approved of the president’s foreign policy on Fox & Friends.
His friendship comes at a price
Doug Derwin has a customer service complaint for Tesla: its creator is too pally with the president. The VC is putting up serious money to buy billboards, newspaper and TV ads calling for Elon Musk to “dump Trump.” He’s even offering to reimburse the deposits of people who follow his lead in cancelling their Tesla orders. Musk, the space-and-subterranean entrepreneur, is on the president’s business advisory council, but Derwin says his presence has done nothing to steer the Donald right on the issues, principally climate change.
Midmorning tweet to Georgia
The young Dem hoping to take Tom Price’s former House seat from the GOP earned Trump’s attention this morning, with the president labelling him a “super Liberal” via tweet and claiming he “wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes.” What did the candidate in question, Jon Ossoff, do to win Trump’s disfavour? It could be because he’s polling well in a formerly solidly red Georgia district. Or maybe Ossoff got his attention with a campaign ad focused on Trump’s tweets.
Lines in the shale
The president will convene his advisors to chat about climate change tomorrow, with withdrawal from the Paris agreement very much on the table. Trying to talk him out of it: energy extractors Exxon Mobil, Shell, Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody Energy. The anti-anti-Paris talk reportedly comes courtesy of the Jared-Ivanka faction within the White House, which is battling chief strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency boss Scott Pruitt.