The Note: Trump vs. Trump as foreign trip gets busy start

Trump is in Poland to start his foreign trip.


  • President Trump's trip to Europe is off to a newsy start. In a news conference with the Polish president, Trump attacked some U.S. news outlets as "fake news," and blasted former President Obama for not doing more to respond to Russia's alleged interference in the election.
  • Yet Trump isn't laying the blame at Russia's feet for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election. "I think it was Russia, and I think it could have been other people in other countries," Trump said. The big Putin meeting is Friday.
  • The president isn't drawing a red line with North Korea but said he has some "pretty severe things" he's thinking about doing in retaliation for the country's "very, very bad behavior."
  • In a speech to the Polish people today, Trump slammed the "creep of government bureaucracy," a subtle dig at Western Europe, perhaps, and praised the country for being one of the "NATO countries that's achieved the benchmark for investment in our common defense.".
  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas fielded tough questions Thursday night from voters on health care in the first of several town halls. While the crowd was mostly friendly inside, outside the town hall were about 50 protesters upset over the GOP Senate health care bill and its proposed cuts to Medicaid.


    "I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and, or countries, and I see nothing wrong with that statement. Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure," President Trump on the 2016 election hacking the intelligence community has said Russia is responsible for

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    Trump slams "creep of government bureaucracy" in speech to Polish people. "Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger – one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles. The steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people," President Trump said during his speech in the historical Krasinski Square in Warsaw, Poland.

    Congressman apologizes for recording video in Auschwitz gas chamber. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., apologized Wednesday for recording a five-minute YouTube video on the grounds of the former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz, Poland, and sparking criticism from the museum at the site and on social media. Rep. Higgins said he filmed the video out of "homage" to those murdered in Auschwitz and has "retracted the video" out of respect.


    @NewsHour: New Newshour/@NPR/@Maristpoll: 54% of Americans think Trump's dealings with Russia were unethical or illegal.

    @joshrogin: .@JohnAvlon on Trump in Poland: "He's apologizing for America. He's running down our country and our institutions." @NewDay

    @PatrickSvitek: .@TedCruz says Obamacare repeal effort has been "messy" and "bumpy." "I am not certain we'll get it done," but I hope we do, he says.

    @KennethMoton: Sen @tedcruz was met by dozens of protestors outside, a friendlier crowd inside his first of several town halls in TX #healthcare @ABC

    @StevenErlanger: China Sees Opening Left by Trump in Europe, and Quietly Steps In, via @nytimes @StevenErlanger

    @VeraMBergen: In White House statement, Kris Kobach calls reports that 44 states are refusing to hand over voter data "fake news"

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