With Jordan Erb
Here’s what we’re talking about today:
1. THE ART OF THE POST-PRESIDENCY: Former President Trump feels great. This may not be his best life. After all, he still faces wide legal exposure including to his namesake company; left office as the only twice-impeached president; and senior members of his party blame him for inciting an insurrection. But advisors say he’s taking this new chapter with a renewed zest.
Here’s a peek at our story:
- Gone are the spray tan and bleached highlights: Florida life means plenty of time to work on a real tan. The famously image-conscious Trump is also starting to let his gray show a little.
- He’s lost somewhere between 15 to 20 pounds: “He was eating all those M&Ms on [Air Force One] all the time,” said one Trump advisor who’s watched him trim up since leaving Washington. “He’s a big man with a big frame, and he’s lost a lot of weight. I can’t tell you how much, but it’s a lot. You can see it in his suits.”
- Even more time for golf: Advisors chalked up part of his weight loss to extended time on the links.
“I think there’s something to be said about no longer having the weight of the free world on your shoulders,” an advisor who recently spoke to Trump about his health said.
2. There’s hope for a bipartisan infrastructure deal, but divisions remain: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia balked at a potential Republican plan that could range from $600 billion to $800 billion, a drastic counteroffer to Biden’s $2.3 trillion package. Manchin said he would support a $4 trillion plan as long as it’s paid for. Republicans continue to insist that raising corporate
is a “red line,” and some GOP lawmakers advocate fees to be paid by drivers.
- Meanwhile, AOC wants fellow Democrats to ditch a fight over SALT: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said members of her party were favoring “a giveaway to the rich” by fighting to undo the federal cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction that was a major part of Trump’s 2017 tax plan. More on the SALT debate.
3. 8 dead in a mass shooting in Indianapolis: Eight people were killed during a shooting at a FedEx facility near the city’s airport on Thursday night. Four others were taken to local hospitals with injuries. The suspect appeared to have taken his own life. Here’s what else we know.
4. Both sides rest in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. He will not take the stand: Chauvin’s defense lasted only two days and focused on George Floyd’s heart condition and drug use, despite multiple medical experts saying it was Chauvin’s actions that killed Floyd. The jury could begin deliberations as soon as Monday.