A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington:
- Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion, a 10% jump
- Justice Department shifts course in controversial Texas voting rights case
- Trump says "nobody knew healthcare could be this complicated."
- Trump says Hollywood's obsession with him led to Oscar snafu
- Trump's nominee for Navy secretary withdraws over financial conflicts
- Democrats pick Tom Perez to lead them from the political wilderness
President Trump is pointing fingers at President Obama.
From insisting he inherited a “mess,” to blaming lingering Obama administration officials for government leaks, Trump is not hesitant to cast blame on the former president.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad,” Trump said during his 77-minute, freewheeling press conference on Thursday.
Trump’s been in the White House four weeks, yet he still appears intent on harping on the past – and he has some help.
Here are some of today’s headlines in the conservative media:
WHODUNIT? Trump launches bid to find leakers, as speculation surrounds Obama officials (Fox News)
Leaks. Leaks. And more leaks.
Trump insists that former Obama administration officials are behind the leaks that reveal his aides and associates made repeated contact with senior Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.
This piece cites unnamed intelligence officials who suspect the leaks could be spearheaded by, among others, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Both men served in the Obama administration.
Comparing Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s first press conferences (Daily Caller)
The press conferences were stark contrasts.
Trump’s was much more wide-ranging than Obama’s on Feb. 9, 2009.
Among the specific differences: Trump spent a lot of time bashing the media; Obama was bashing Congress.
"Obama pushed his $800 billion in economic stimulus on Americans and accused Republicans of 'playing politics,' the Caller notes, quoting the president: "I can’t afford to see Congress play the usual political games."
Both blamed their predecessors for the problems they had to deal with, the piece notes. While Trump said he inherited "a mess, at home and abroad, a mess," Obama also claimed to be facing a big mop-up operation.
“My administration inherited a deficit of over $1 trillion, [and we also]...inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression," he said.
That’s entertainment! Trump’s 75-minute tour de force (American Spectator)
People on both sides of the aisle agree: Trump’s press conferences are entertaining, and the right side of the aisle thinks they're especially fun.
“Donald Trump, giving press conferences as president, is like a cross between Fidel Castro’s long-windedness and machismo and Christopher Walken’s theatrical presence — and nobody else in the room can compete with that,” writes Scott McKay. “It was a freewheeling, wide-open, raucous barroom brawl of a presser, with Trump taking on every questioner with swagger and New York moxie.”