10:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office.
2 p.m.: Trump will meet with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in the Oval Office.
2:45 p.m.: Trump is expected to sign a series of bills in the Diplomatic Room.
OTHER HAPPENINGS: Vice President Mike Pence will sit for interviews with Fox News, the Laura Ingraham Show and the Savage Nation. Press secretary Sean Spicer and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will brief the press at the White House at 1:30 p.m.
THE BIG PICTURE ON PARIS: From the New York Times’ Michael D. Shear: “Mr. Trump’s decision to abandon the agreement for environmental action signed by 195 nations is a remarkable rebuke to heads of state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president’s own staff, who all failed to change his mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz. The Paris agreement was intended to bind the world community into battling rising temperatures in concert, and the departure of the Earth’s second-largest polluter is a major blow.”
ON THE WORLD STAGE: From the New York Times’ David E. Sanger and Jane Perlez: “President Trump has managed to turn America First into America Isolated. In pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Mr. Trump has created a vacuum of global leadership that presents ripe opportunities to allies and adversaries alike to reorder the world’s power structure. His decision is perhaps the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese, who are eager to fill the void that Washington is leaving around the world on everything from setting the rules of trade and environmental standards to financing the infrastructure projects that give Beijing vast influence.”
WHAT TRUMP BELIEVES: From POLITICO’s Matthew Nussbaum: “The White House will not say whether or not President Donald Trump believes the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity contributes to climate change. Senior administration officials would not say Thursday if Trump accepts scientific data that links human-driven carbon dioxide emissions to rising global temperatures, after he announced he is withdrawing the US from the Paris accord, a global agreement to fight climate change.”
TRAVEL BAN UPDATE: From POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein: “President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to revive his controversial travel ban executive order, hoping that the justices will give the green light to a policy repeatedly blocked by lower courts. In filings Thursday night, the Justice Department asked the high court to temporarily lift injunctions that bar officials from carrying out Trump’s directive to suspend visa issuance to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries and halt the flow of refugees to the U.S. from across the globe. The Trump administration also asked the justices to add the legality of the travel ban to the high court’s docket so the case would be ready for argument this fall.”
TRUMP’S TWITTER HABIT: From POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn: “President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed – packed with more than 35,000 time-stamped missives dating to 2009 – offers a treasure trove of evidence for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his growing team of investigators, according to lawyers and veterans of past White House scandals. Like emails, handwritten notes or transcribed Oval Office conversations, the @realdonaldtrump account gives investigators a detailed timeline of Trump’s thoughts and opinions – including where they might differ from official accounts – and can also be used to establish intent, which can be critical in a criminal investigation. Trump is not a target of the FBI or congressional probes, but his tweets could all be used by investigators as they seek to establish whether the president and his associates are being truthful in the explanations they give under oath about the nature of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Trump’s tweets could ultimately cause problems for the people around Trump, including aides who sent messages under Trump’s account.”