By changing one word and adding a pronoun, President of France Emmanuel Macron has retooled Trump's campaign slogan beyond the confines of nationalism. "Make our planet great again" is his response to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
The Trump administration has publicly voiced its intention to deconstruct the administrative state; it has relegated the vast American media industry to the league of enemies. Most significantly, it has taken tangible steps to restrict the press' ability to effectively inform the public on the presidency.
"Every administration spins, fights with the press and the bureaucracy, pushes its own agenda, and tries to evade intrusive oversight," writes Gideon Rose, editor of 'Foreign Affairs.' "But ordinary White Houses do not repeatedly lie, declare war on mainstream media institutions, pursue radical goals while disdaining professional input, and refuse to accept independent =scrutiny."
'The New York Times' launched its first branding campaign in decades highlighting the importance of "truth." The conservative National Rifle Association (NRA) responded with their own take on the "truth" with an ad titled "The Truth Doesn't Matter to The New York Times."
President Trump appeared a changed man last night, maybe even deferential to the office he now holds. Tone and cadence is not substance, however. There was a concerted attempt to paint a dark, scary picture of the current state of affairs in this country, one that is untrue and uninformed.
On Friday, the White House press office cancelled a planned briefing, instead opting for an off camera "gaggle." A number of key organizations were denied entry. The move was unprecedented - and for journalists and historians - a clear warning shot against press freedom.
Two of President Trump's top aides, chief strategist Steven Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus, offered various insights on the overall goals of the administration at CPAC. Bannon's destruction ideology was in full view.
'The Washington Post' has gone what some are calling "emo" with its new slogan: "Democracy Dies In Darkness." The new tagline, which appears just below the masthead, embodies how a majority of mainstream political journalists think the Trump White House.
Pence spent the long Presidents' Day weekend in Europe attending the Munich Security Conference. The VP loudly noted the administration's support for the EU and the NATO alliance, while reiterating President Trump's call for increased defense spending.
A number of groups have already sent open letters to President Donald Trump. At the outset of the transition period, the National Press Club wrote in an open letter that: "We respectfully ask you to instill a spirit of openness and transparency in your administration in many ways but first and foremost via the press pool."