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Today in Trumpworld -- Feb. 21


8:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

10:30 a.m.: Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office.

12:30 p.m.: Trump will have lunch with Tom Barrack, the CEO of Colony Capital and a close Trump friend, in the presidential dining room.

4:00 p.m.: Trump will receive an NSC briefing in the situation room.

6:30 p.m.: Trump will have dinner with Vice President Mike Pence in the presidential dining room.

OTHER HAPPENINGS: Pence, having returned from his long weekend in Europe, will meet with the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, at 4 p.m. at the White House. Sean Spicer will brief the press at 1:30 p.m. at the White House.

DEFENSE WANTED: From POLITICO’s Tara Palmeri and Andrew Restuccia: “Candidates for top jobs in President Donald Trump’s administration are getting spooked after Andrew Puzder’s nomination was scuttled and they fear the White House isn't doing enough to protect them from grueling confirmations, according to several sources involved in the process. The concerns are affecting not only some of the highest profile nominations, including agriculture secretary pick Sonny Perdue, but also candidates for ambassadorships, judicial positions and a range of other nominees. The chill that’s settled in even has some people considering bowing out of contention, meaning that Trump’s attempt to quickly fill out his government could drag out even further.”

GET TO KNOW MCMASTER: From POLITICO’s Austin Wright and Jeremy Herb: “President Donald Trump has picked one of the military’s leading warrior-scholars to restore order to the National Security Council -- but also one who has staked out a decidedly more hawkish position on Russia and gone out of his way to assert that the war against terrorism must not morph into a war against Islam. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump's newly named replacement for ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, is considered one of the Army’s top intellectuals. When he was a young major he published a best-selling book about failed military leadership during the Vietnam War and later went on to help pioneer counterinsurgency operations in Iraq.”

COMING SOON: From the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson: Trump is “preparing executive orders aimed at curtailing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures. While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an unmistakable signal that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production and economic activity even when those activities collide with some environmental safeguards.”

TRUMP’S TRAVELS: Trump was quick to attack President Barack Obama for his own golfing and travel habits during Obama’s presidency, but Trump seems to have dropped those qualms now that he’s in office. A look at the shift from POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey.

Matthew Nussbaum is a White House reporter for POLITICO.

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