President Trump today: Live updates

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries and Veronica Rocha, CNN
updated 8:47 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018
2:49 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

White House confirms Emmet Flood is joining Trump's legal team

From CNN's Allie Maloy

Attorney Emmet Flood is joining President Trump's legal team to represent him "and the administration against the Russia witch hunt," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"Ty Cobb, a friend of the President, who has done a terrific job, will be retiring at the end of the month," she added.

Flood represented then-President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process in the late 1990s.

2:26 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Flood's law firm: "The White House will be fortunate to have his experienced counsel"

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Emmet Flood, who represented then-President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings, is joining the White House team in the wake of Ty Cobb's departure.

Here's the statement from Dane Butswinkas, chairman of Williams & Connolly, which is Flood's current law firm:

“Emmet is a special lawyer and long-time member of the Williams & Connolly family. We are disappointed to lose him to the White House, but we fully appreciate Emmet’s strong commitment to public service. The White House will be fortunate to have his experienced counsel. We wish Emmet every success in his new position.”

2:28 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump hires Bill Clinton's impeachment lawyer

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

Emmet Flood has been hired, but there is still some paperwork to sort out with the firm, a source familiar tells CNN.

The President signed off, and Flood has told his firm and clients.

Flood represented then-President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process in the late 1990s. Earlier, a source familiar with Cobb's departure said Flood was expected to join Trump's legal team.

1:53 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Who could replace Ty Cobb

From CNN's Jim Acosta

Emmet Flood pictured in 2007.

Emmet Flood is expected to join the President's inside legal team at the White House, a source familiar with Ty Cobb's departure confirms.

However, this source added there were some expectations that Flood was set to replace White House Counsel Don McGahn.

Now it appears Flood will fill Cobb's shoes instead.

Flood represented then-President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process in the late 1990s.

1:47 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Ty Cobb was uncomfortable with Trump's Mueller tweets, source says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

A source familiar with Ty Cobb's departure says the White House lawyer had been clashing with the President in recent weeks over Trump's combative posture with the Special Counsel's investigation.

"Ty was uncomfortable with the Mueller tweets," the source said. He was not going to be "part of a mud-slinging campaign," the source added. 

Cobb had tried for weeks to counsel the President against threatening the Mueller investigation, the source said. Cobb made it clear on multiple occasions with the President and other members of the legal team that he "can't go down that path." 

 

1:50 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Ty Cobb: "I've done what I come to do in terms of managing the White House response to the special counsel request"

From CNN's Jim Acosta

White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who announced today that he is leaving the White House, said, “I've done what I came to do in terms of managing the White House response to the special counsel request."

“I'm extremely grateful to the President and Chief Kelly for the opportunity to serve my country," Cobb said.

 

12:51 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

White House lawyer Ty Cobb is leaving

From CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and Kaitlan Collins

Ty Cobb is leaving his position as White House lawyer, a White House official tells CNN. 

“For several weeks Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement and last week he let Chief of Staff Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

11:38 a.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Pompeo: We're deciding on next steps for the "flawed" Iran deal

In remarks following his oath, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted the work the Department has done under the Trump administration, including considering next steps for the "flawed" Iran nuclear deal.

"We are but 15 months into this administration and we’ve made an outstanding progress by speaking the truth about the challenges we face, by confronting them head on," Pompeo said. "We’re confronting all types of Iranian hostility and are deciding on the next steps for the flawed JCPOA."

President Trump has frequently voiced criticism for the Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the US and Europe to address the issues he has with the nuclear deal — under US law, the President has to recertify the deal every few months.

11:37 a.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump: "Mike is a true American patriot"

President Trump described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "true American patriot," and told a story about how he didn't believe, at first, that Pompeo graduated first in his class from West Point.

"Mike is a true American patriot. He has devoted many years of his life to defending America beginning when he entered West Point, and as you all heard, he entered at 18 and ended up graduating first in his class."

"I heard that rumor a long time ago — I thought it was a rumor," Trump continued. "being first in your class at west point, because I know, that's a big deal. So I said, 'Is that true?' Yeah. So I started bringing it up. I brought it up about four weeks ago, right, David? And after that, everybody brings it up so I don't have to say it anymore. He was actually first in his class at West Point."

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