The week in politics

Updated 7:15 PM ET, Sat February 25, 2017
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Reporters stand in the White House press briefing room after being excluded from the meeting on Friday, February 24, in Washington. CNN and other news organizations were blocked Friday from a White House press briefing. The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era. Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA/Newscom
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, left, talks to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, February 23. The two men discussed the administration's agenda and railed against the media as they worked to dispel notions that they are rivals competing for power and influence within the West Wing. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images
US Sen. Chuck Grassley writes down issues brought up by constituents during a town-hall meeting in Garner, Iowa, on Tuesday, February 21. Lawmakers across the country have headed back to their districts during the congressional recess, and many are facing tough questions from their constituents. Rachel Mummey/The Washington Post/Getty Images
President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, February 24. Speaking to a right-wing crowd of activists that once viewed him skeptically, Trump vowed to uphold his campaign promises. He also escalated his attacks on the press and vowed an economic revival spurred by new jobs and scaled-back regulation. Evan Vucci/AP
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, center left, and Vice President Mike Pence help cleanup efforts Wednesday, February 22, at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, Missouri. More than 100 grave markers at the Jewish cemetery were vandalized, police said. The vandalism report came on a day the White House denounced a spate of recent bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the country. J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exits a car before leaving for Mexico on Wednesday, February 22. Tillerson and John Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary, went to Mexico to try to smooth the two countries' relationship and address some of the differences that have emerged between the United States and its neighbor to the south. Carlos Barria/AP
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez won the chairmanship for Democratic National Committee during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, February 25. Branden Camp/AP
A woman takes part in a New York rally called "Today I Am a Muslim Too" on Sunday, February 19. New Yorkers representing different backgrounds and faiths converged on Times Square to let Muslims know their fellow Americans stood by them. Carlo Allegri/Reuters/Newscom
Transgender teen Gavin Grimm, center, joins a protest outside the White House on Monday, February 20. Grimm is barred from using the boys' bathroom at his high school in Virginia. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in his case on March 28. Oliver Contreras/Sipa USA/AP
A man is handcuffed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police after he and his family crossed the US-Canada border in Hemmingford, Quebec, on Thursday, February 23. Increasing amounts of people have recently fled to Canada, crossing through snow and dangerous, freezing conditions. Many of them say they are concerned about their lives and safety following President Trump's executive order that temporarily barred refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
US Defense Secretary James Mattis, second from left, arrives in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, February 20. Mattis told reporters that he was heading to Baghdad "because I need to get current on the situation there, the political situation, the enemy situation and the friendly situation." Mattis said he wanted to speak with the Iraqi political leadership and US partners. THOMAS WATKINS/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of US Rep. Paul Cook are seen on milk cartons in his California district, according to the Twitter account @WhereIsPaulCook, which posted this photo on Monday, February 20. Some GOP politicians are staying clear of town hall events in their home districts, and frustrated constituents have found creative ways to voice their displeasure. whereispaulcook.com
President Trump shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, February 20. McMaster will serve as Trump's next national security adviser, filling the void left by the sudden dismissal of Michael Flynn. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Former President Barack Obama, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Hecht chat backstage at The Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Arthur Miller's "The Price" on Broadway on Friday, February 24, in New York. Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images
US Rep. Joe Kennedy III attends the dedication ceremony for the John F. Kennedy centennial stamp, which was unveiled in Boston on Monday, February 20. The former US president is Joe Kennedy's great-uncle. Michael Dwyer/AP
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt speaks to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman as they leave a White House meeting on Thursday, February 23. President Trump met with the heads of two dozen manufacturing companies in what the White House called a "listening session." SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Elaine Geller and Phil Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami, Florida, hold up a suit jacket to represent US Sen. Marco Rubio during a town hall event in Miami on Thursday, February 23. Rubio was traveling in Europe on Senate business. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
President Trump looks at supporter Gene Huber after he invited Huber on stage at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday, February 18. Huber hugged the President and briefly spoke. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Smoke rises from the Oceti Sakowin campsite after protesters set their tents on fire Wednesday, February 22, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Activists have occupied the area for months to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the state recently ordered an emergency evacuation to allow private contractors to remove waste from the camp area. One tribal member told CNN that some of the tents were frozen into the ground and had to be burned to be removed. Other members said the fires are part of a tribal tradition. Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images
President Trump hugs Alveda King, the niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, February 21. Trump pledged to combat bigotry and unite what he called a "divided country" after visiting the museum, which opened in September. Evan Vucci/AP
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee -- at right, next to general counsel Nick Brown -- signs an executive order Thursday, February 23, to restrict state workers and agencies from enforcing President Trump's immigration policies. Inslee has been outspoken about the Trump administration, and he said his order reaffirms the state's commitment to tolerance. Ted S. Warren/AP
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives for a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington on Friday, February 17. See the previous week in politics Alex Wong/Getty Images