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By Mike Allen = ·Feb 13, 2017
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Here's a comforting picture of our nation's finest civil servants


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Shot ... Trump policy guru Stephen Miller to John Dicke= rson on "Face the Nation": "The president of the United States has accompli= shed more in just a few weeks than many presidents accomplish in an entire = administration."

Chaser ... Trump tweets: "Congratul= ations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunda= y morning shows. Great job!"

Retweeted by ... Sean S= picer @PresSec.

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Ivanka accompanies dad on Marine One on Feb. 1 / AP's Evan Vucci


While forgoing an official title for now, Ivanka Trump = is already proving to be a vital player in her father's West Wing. Today, s= he shows she'll play a critical role with the international economic agenda= , as well as the domestic issues where she has long been active.

After an Oval Office meeting today with Canadian Prime Minist= er Justin Trudeau, POTUS and the prime minister will move into the Cabinet = Room for an event engineered by Ivanka: a roundtable discussion on the adva= ncement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders.

  • P= articipants include: Top female executives from the U.S. and Canad= a; Chrystia Freeland, the author and now foreign minister of Canada; and Wh= ite House officials including Dina Powell and Hope Hicks.
  • = A White House official: "This is a first: adding a high-level roun= dtable of female business leaders from both countries in a major bilateral = visit with a critical ally. ... This issue of women in the workforce, and t= he role of women in the economy, will be a central theme in all discussions= and forums focused on how to create jobs and growth in the U.S. and around= the world."
  • Backstory, per AP's Catherine Lucy: "Ivank= a Trump ... was involved in recruiting participants and setting the agenda = ... Ivanka Trump stressed the importance of maternity leave and child care = on the campaign trail, and has recently been meeting with business leaders = to discuss those issues."
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CNN's Brian Stelter says this story reads like a = cry for help" from NSC staffers. It's the two-column lead of the N.Y. Times= , "Tensions and Chaos Rattle National Security Council: F= oreign Policy Made via Twitter Tests Staff," by David Sanger, Eric Schmitt = and Peter Baker, "based on conversations with more than two dozen current a= nd former council staff members and others throughout the government." Top nuggets:

  • "K. T. McFarland, the deputy national = security adviser, said that early meetings of the council were brisker, tig= hter and more decisive than in the past, but she acknowledged that career o= fficials were on edge."
  • Sign of the times: "Two of= ficials said that at one recent meeting, there was talk of feeding suggeste= d Twitter posts to the president so the council's staff would have greater = influence."
  • "Many [officials] who remain, who see themselves as apo= litical civil servants, have been disturbed by displays of overt partisansh= ip. At an all-hands meeting about two weeks into the new administration, Ms= . McFarland told the group it needed to 'make America great again,' numerou= s staff members who were there said."
  • "New Trump appointees are car= rying coffee mugs with that Trump campaign slogan into meetings with foreig= n counterparts, one staff member said."
  • "Nervous staff members rece= ntly met late at night at a bar a few blocks from the White House and talke= d about purging their social media accounts of any suggestion of anti-Trump= sentiments."
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