President Trump today: Live updates

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

Our live coverage has ended. Read the posts below to see how the day unfolded.

8:11 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

White House counsel Don McGahn could leave in coming months

From CNN's Jim Acosta and Ariane de Vogue

White House counsel Don McGahn could leave his position in the coming months, according to sources familiar with White House discussions.

McGahn could decide to return to electoral politics in the coming months, a source said.

Another source told CNN that McGahn is expected to rejoin the campaign when he leaves the White House.  

McGahn, a source said, worked hard to get attorney Emmet Flood to the White House. The White House announced today that Flood was joining President Trump's legal team to represent him and the administration in the special counsel investigation.

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

8:27 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

John Dowd on Trump's tweet: "I am honored"

From CNN's Sarah Westwood

Former Trump attorney John Dowd was asked for his thoughts on President Trump's tweet tonight in which he quoted him.

“I am honored," he said. "The quote is accurate and I meant what I said.”

Trump quoted Dowd's remarks, as reported in the Washington Post, to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

Dowd, according to the Washington Post, told special counsel investigators during a March meeting, "This isn't some game."

"You are screwing with the work of the President of the United States," Dowd said.

8:26 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump on Russia investigation: "There is not much time to be thinking about this"

President Trump took to Twitter tonight to raise a number of issues he is working on as president and gripe about the special counsel investigation.

In a tweet, Trump quoted former Trump lawyer, John Dowd, and his remarks, as reported in The Washington Post, to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

In a meeting, Mueller raised the possibility of subpoenaing Trump to testify before a grand jury if he refused to sit down for an interview with the special counsel, The Washington Post first reported on Tuesday, citing four people familiar with the encounter.

Dowd, according to the Washington Post, told special counsel investigators during the March meeting, "This isn't some game."

"You are screwing with the work of the President of the United States," Dowd said.

Tonight, the President tweeted:

6:29 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump presents National Teacher of Year Award to Washington educator

President Trump presented the National Teacher of the Year Award this afternoon to Washington high school educator Mandy Manning.

"The legacy of a good teacher extends through many lifetimes," Trump told guests gathered at the White House.

Manning teaches English and math to students at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington.

"Her incredible devotion has earned her the adoration — total adoration, actually — and respect of students and colleagues throughout her school district, community, and the entire state," Trump said.

"Teachers like Mandy play a vital role in the well-being of our children, the strength of our communities, and the success of our nation."

4:32 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump briefed on military plane crash in Georgia

President Trump says he has been briefed on a military plane crash that happened in Georgia this afternoon. He offered thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.

Here's his tweet:

3:02 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump's legal team is taking an adversarial approach to Mueller's investigation, source says

From CNN's Sara Murray

Ty Cobb's ousting along with Rudy Giuliani's rise are clear signals that Trump's team is taking a more adversarial approach to the special counsel investigation, according to a person familiar with the President's thinking.

"Playing nice hasn't gotten them anywhere," the source said.

The source described Giuliani as a "professional assassin," who is more likely to play hardball with special counsel Robert Mueller's team. 

The source also noted the President's frustration with the fact that this investigation has continued, despite the previous proclamations from his lawyers that this would all be wrapped up soon. 

His previous lawyers, referring to Cobb and John Dowd, “told him this investigation would be done by Thanksgiving. It's almost Thanksgiving – again!" the source said with exasperation. "It's about time they were removed."  

"With a client like this, you can't overpromise and under-deliver," the source said. "It's a recipe for termination."

2:59 p.m. ET, May 2, 2018

Trump's national security team meeting today to discuss North Korea summit

From CNN's Kevin Liptak, Sarah Westwood and Elise Labott

Top national security officials are meeting on this afternoon to discuss the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, three sources familiar with the plans told CNN.

It's not clear whether Trump himself is participating in the meeting, but Vice President Mike Pence is believed to be attending, one of the sources said.

Officials are weighing Trump's stated preference to hold the meeting on the Korean demilitarized zone, an option that raised concerns among some officials because it may appear to concede to much to Kim.

They are also considering Singapore, which could provide a more neutral backdrop for talks.

Trump said on Tuesday that a location and date for the summit would come in a "couple of days." Watch that moment in the clip below:

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.