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Former President Barack Obama wrapped up his first public appearance since leaving the White House having achieved a feat rare in public life in 2017: He didn’t mention President Donald Trump once.

During the President’s discussion with students and young adults at the University of Chicago, he outlined his top priority post-presidency, to “help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world.”

And though the bulk of his time on stage was ceded to the young people seated on either side of him, who spoke about their own public service and asked Obama questions, the former President did take time during one response to urge his audience to reach across familiar political boundaries, recalling his campaigning for president in Iowa.

“It’s retail politics,” he said. “You’re going door-to-door, you’re just talking to people. And we didn’t have a huge amount of money, particularly, initially, for TV ads, so it was just meeting people. And that does change people’s assumptions, when they get a chance to know somebody directly. So part of what we’re going to have to figure out is how do we create greater opportunities — now, that’s true between red parts of the state and blue parts of the state. It’s true even within the city of Chicago.”

It recalled Obama’s broad farewell address to the nation on Jan. 10, in which he urged the country to build a national “solidarity” and argued that, “for all our outward differences we, in fact, all share the same proud title, the most important office in the democracy: Citizen.”

The State Department on Monday announced the hiring of former “Fox and Friends” host Heather Nauert as the department’s official spokeswoman.

“Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities,” the department said in a statement.

The “top-rated morning cable news show” Nauert anchored, as glowingly described by the State Department, is one of President Donald Trump’s favorites.

In 2011, before he launched his wild-card political career, Fox News announced plans to give Trump a regular branded segment on the show, called “Monday Mornings with Trump.”

Trump in January took a moment during a press conference that lasted more than an hour, during which he repeatedly lambasted the media, to praise the “very honorable people” at “Fox and Friends,” which he called “the most honest morning show.”

In February, Trump appeared to suggest he might not have won the election if he hadn’t called into the show.

“Remember those call-ins, right?” he said. “Maybe without those call-ins, someone else is sitting here.”

“I like that group of three people,” Trump said in March during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

And in April, he gave the show a shout-out on his favorite platform.

In his first public remarks since leaving office, former President Barack Obama said Monday that his primary goal post-presidency is inspiring and cultivating the next generation of leadership.

“So uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” Obama joked to a crowd at the University of Chicago. He sat on stage with a panel of students and young adults.

Obama opened by saying that his highest priority as a former President would be to work with the next generation of political and activist leadership.

“I’m spending a lot of time thinking about, ‘What is the most important thing I can do for my next job?'” Obama asked to laughter. “And what I’m convinced of, is that, although there are all kinds of issues that I care about, and all kinds of issues that I intend to work on, the single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world.”

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President Donald Trump bragged on Friday about giving CBS’ “Face the Nation” its highest ratings since the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

“I have, seem to get very high ratings,” Trump said in an interview with the Associated Press.

He said that his appearance on the CBS talk show “had 5.2 million people.”

“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation.’ It’s the highest for “Deface the Nation” since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down,” Trump claimed. “It’s a tremendous advantage.”

Trump previously used 9/11 as a prop to compare himself against when he claimed in October 2015 that he doubted the terrorist attacks would have taken place if he were President at the time.

“I would have been much different, I must tell you,” he said. “I doubt that those people would have been in the country.”

On Friday, Trump went on to brag that he’s learned to do something he “never thought” he could: stop hate-watching CNN.

“I don’t watch CNN anymore. I don’t watch MSNBC anymore. I don’t watch things, and I never thought I had that ability,” he said. “I always thought I’d watch.”

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday that “the United States is not looking for a fight with North Korea,” but she did not say definitively that the U.S. would not retaliate if North Korea continued to test missiles and nuclear weapons.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Haley argued that the international community had successfully applied pressure to the country’s ruler, Kim Jong Un, and that his threats against America and its allies were meant to reassure his own citizens.

“He’s just trying to get the confidence of his own people,” she said, after denying that American threats of military action against Kim could cross what host Savannah Guthrie called “a point of no return, with words.”

“When he does these things, he’s not necessarily doing them to all of us as much as he’s trying to prove to his own people he can handle this,” Haley continued. “He’s very much feeling the pressure. I think you’re starting to see him get very paranoid. And I think you’re seeing pressure come from all parts of the international community.

On Sunday, the country’s state-run newspaper threatened to sink the American aircraft carrier currently drilling with Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean.

On Saturday, the same outlet quoted a foreign ministry spokesperson who threatened Australia with a nuclear attack after Australian Prime Minister Julie Bishop said North Korea would be the subject of further Australian sanctions.

North Korea’s last nuclear weapons test was on September 9, 2016. And American and South Korean officials have said its last missile test, on April 16, was unsuccessful.

Guthrie asked Haley if a preemptive strike against North Korea was “really being considered,” to which the ambassador replied, “We are not going to do anything unless he gives us reason to do something.”

“What’s that reason?” Guthrie asked.

“If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going to do that,” she said. “But right now, we’re saying don’t test, don’t use nuclear missiles, don’t try and do any more actions, and I think he’s understanding that and China’s helping us really put that pressure on him.”

“Let me just make sure I understand what you just said,” host Matt Lauer interjected. “If he tests another intercontinental ballistic missile, if he were to test another nuclear device, when you say, ‘Obviously we’re going to do that,’ do you mean military retaliation?”

“I think then the President steps in and decides what’s going to happen,” Haley said.

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on Monday said he isn’t willing to risk a government shutdown by refusing to back down on President Donald Trump’s push to get his border wall funded in a spending bill Congress must pass by midnight Friday.

“I wouldn’t risk a $1 trillion funding bill for a $3 billion wall,” Cole said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

He said Republicans can try to get the funding “another way, another time.”

“There are some things Democrats want. There may be a possibility for a trade. But we can come back and get this at another point if there’s not,” Cole said. “The most important thing is to make sure the military’s funded, to make sure the critical institutions of government are funded and to make sure you don’t have a shutdown while you’ve got a Republican President, a Republican Senate and a Republican House.”

Top White House aides over the weekend were unclear as to whether Trump would sign a spending bill that didn’t include funding for his proposed wall.

“I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Saturday.

“We don’t know yet,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

Far-right media outlets will get some private face time with President Donald Trump on Monday at a small reception at the White House, Politico reported.

Breitbart News, The Daily Caller, and One American News Network are among the invited guests, along with a handful of talk radio hosts and columnists whom Politico did not name.

This is the latest overture the Trump administration has made to these publications, which the White House press secretary said received short shrift during Barack Obama’s tenure.

“They were neglected the last eight years, and they’re an important medium to communicate to a massively growing number of Americans who, frankly, have grown tired of mainstream media’s coverage,” Sean Spicer told Politico, saying they hoped to connect with a “more diverse set of media outlets.”

Spicer has broken with the tradition of giving the Associated Press the first question at daily press briefings, opting instead to call on friendly faces from Fox News or the Christian Broadcasting Network. The administration has also drawn a number of its senior staff from the world of conservative media. Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland and White House aide Sebastian Gorka were frequent commentators on Fox, while chief strategist Steve Bannon and special assistant Julia Hahn were plucked from Breitbart.

Spicer told Politico that the reception was intended as a token of gratitude towards “the folks who have really covered the president fairly.”

Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) office removed from the congressman’s website articles about Democrat Jon Ossoff and the special election in Georgia’s Sixth District over the weekend after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution inquired about them.

The inquiry came after a conservative group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, told the newspaper that it planned to file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday over articles on Johnson’s website about Ossoff, who used to work for the congressman as an aide. FACT accused Johnson of violating a House rule that bars members of Congress from using their offices to promote campaign activities.

“Representative Johnson has simply disregarded the rule and is blatantly using his official website for partisan purposes and campaign related activity,” Matthew Whitaker, the executive director of FACT, wrote in the letter, per the Journal-Constitution. “Not only is it troubling that Johnson has breached a basic rule that ensures the public’s confidence that our House Members are working for the citizens and not for their own personal political gain, but he has misused taxpayer funded resources.”

Johnson’s office declined to comment to TPM on the ethics complaint or the articles.

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