DC Daily: Trump walks out of order signing, White House releases financial data

Posted at 10:18 AM, Apr 01, 2017

Here's what's happening in the political world:

Trump wakes up to slam "fake news"

-- President Donald Trump slammed fake news on his Twitter account Saturday morning, calling for more coverage of surveillance activity under former President Barak Obama.

"When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?" the president wrote.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said earlier this month that claims of wiretapping by the president were misinterpreted. Spicer said the president used the word "wiretaps" to mean surveillance.

"I think there's no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election," Spicer said.

The president's claims that he was "wire tapped" have not been found to be true.

President Trump tweeted that Obama "had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" and accused him of being a "bad" or "sick guy."

Trump walks out during executive order signing

-- President Trump walked out of the executive office Friday, before a signing ceremony for two executive orders.

CNN reports the president had the two orders on his desk, when reporters asked him about former national security advisor Michael Flynn's decision to testify on possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Flynn has requested immunity if he testifies.

That's when President Trump got up and left without answering any questions. Vice President Mike Pence followed the president out with the orders in tow.

The two orders, aimed at identifying and targeting foreign trade abuses, were later signed behind closed doors. Read more.

White House discloses financial information for Bannon, Kushner

-- The White House Friday released financial data regarding assets of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

The data released showed Kushner, and wife Ivanka Trump, collected about $195 million in income, and Bannon made up to $2.5 million. Top economic adviser Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs, netted up to around $75 million in the previous year. Read more