THE PRESIDENT’S MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE … at 8:58 a.m.: “Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”
At 9:55 a.m.: “‘The President deserves some answers.’ @FoxNews in discussing ‘SPYGATE.’
HERE IS WHAT YOUR NEXT FEW WEEKS WILL SOUND LIKE … BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR: “Senators to Trump: It’s do-or-die time on DACA”: “Cory Gardner, the leader of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, delivered an urgent message to President Donald Trump in a telephone conversation earlier this month: Congress and the White House need to act pronto on immigration reform.
“‘The sweet spot for getting an immigration deal remains now. The closer we get to the election and certainly post-election, the more difficult it will be,’ the Colorado Republican recounted telling the president. ‘If we wait longer, the more difficult it becomes. They’ll blame it on both parties at that point.’
“A group of senators in both parties is beginning to restart back-channel talks across the aisle and with the White House in hopes that the chamber will be ready to act if the House or the courts throw the issue back to the Senate this summer.
“But the Senate isn’t ready to take up the issue after a thoroughly unproductive immigration debate in February, followed by months of radio silence. And lawmakers are growing more and more worried the upper chamber could be blindsided by a call to action later this year.”
— WAPO’S SEUNG MIN KIM: “Trump is blaming Democrats for separating migrant families at the border. Here’s why this isn’t a surprise.”
AXIOS’ JONATHAN SWAN … INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE: “Stunning Oval Office leak: Aides fight in front of Trump about leaks”: “Shortly after word leaked that Kelly Sadler had taken a nasty shot at John McCain, President Trump convened a meeting in the Oval Office for a tiny group of communications staffers, according to sources familiar with the gathering. Sadler, Mercedes Schlapp, Raj Shah, and John Kelly all gathered in front of the Resolute Desk for a conversation with Trump about the leaking problem. They were the only people in the room, though the door to the outer Oval was open. What happened: The president told Sadler she wouldn’t be fired for her remark.
“He added, separately in the conversation, that he’s no fan of McCain. Then Trump, who had grown obsessed with the leaking problem, told Sadler he wanted to know who the leakers were. Sadler then stunned the room: To be completely honest, she said, she thought one of the worst leakers was Schlapp, her boss. Schlapp pushed back aggressively and defended herself in the room. And in follow up conversations after the meeting, some of Schlapp’s colleagues also came to her defense. … Sadler went on to name other people she also suspected of being leakers.”