Trump News Today: Tweet offers unlikely support for Sen. Ted Cruz

ALERT: President Donald J. Trump is expected to visit Mar-a-Lago this weekend. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert to pilots this morning warning of VIP movement March 2-3. Trump’s 2020 campaign is also hosting a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night.

The president is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday, after attending the funeral of televangelist Bill Graham. 

It will be the president’s 14th visit to Palm Beach.

Good morning. Here is the president’s schedule today.


10:30 a.m. Daily intelligence briefing.

11:00 a.m. Meeting with Republican members of the Senate on renewable fuel standards.

12:00 p.m. Receives the Boy Scouts of America Report to the Nation.

2:45 p.m. Meeting with Republican members of the House of Representatives about trade. 

4:00 p.m. Announcement regarding additional leadership in the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: In an odd twist of fate, the president is encouraging Texans to vote for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Both men played nasty during their presidential campaign.

In one tweet, candidate Trump juxtaposed a picture of his wife, fashion model Melania Trump, against an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife. In another tweet, he threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife, although no “beans” were spilled and the meaning of the tweet remains unknown.

Cruz fired back, saying the president had slandered his wife and then called Trump a “sniveling coward,” "pathological liar," "utterly amoral" and a "serial philanderer."

UPDATE 9:21 a.m.: The president issued an executive order this morning creating the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. The 30-member, volunteer council will serve two-year terms.

The executive order also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a “national strategy to expand children’s participation in youth sports, encourage regular physical activity, including active play, and promote good nutrition for all Americans.”

The strategy will focus on communities with below average sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.

As of 2016, only 37 percent of children played team sports on a regular basis, down from 45 percent in 2008, according to the order.

Although the new council is tasked with promoting “good nutrition,” the order provides no details, requirements or  goals regarding healthier eating.

According to Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager who wrote the book "Let Trump Be Trump," the president would usually go 14 to 16 hours without eating, then have a full McDonald's dinner of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, and a small chocolate shake — a total of 2,430 calories.

The president also does not have “a dedicated, defined exercise program,” according to the president’s physician, who examined the president in January. Trump’s body mass index puts him just shy of an obesity classification, the physican said. 

UPDATE 9:03 a.m.:  Catching up with Monday’s action on Fox News appears to have riled up the president and brought his attenion back to the Russia investigation.

Three new tweets indicate the president is catching up with interviews on Fox News that aired Monday. 

In a tweet posted at 7:45 a.m. the president quoted Andrew Napolitano, who appeared on a Fox News show Monday evening. He then mentioned a quote from a law professor before jumping back to Ken Starr’s appearance on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning. 

UPDATE 7:01 a.m.: The president just broke a two-day  social media dry spell with this tweet on Hillary Clinton. 

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