The reclusive mastermind behind President Trump’s nationalist ideology and combative tactics made his public debut Thursday, delivering a fiery rebuke of the media and declaring that the new administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and intellectual force behind Trump’s agenda, used his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president would honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign.
Trump lie of the day - President Trump falsely claimed during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that lines to get in stretched back “six blocks.” It was a statement at odds with the quiet scene outside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, where CPAC is taking place. There were no lines getting into the Gaylord within the hour before Trump began speaking Friday morning.
Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions signaled his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.