President Trump today

By Brian Ries and Veronica Rocha, CNN
5:41 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018
5:41 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

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

4:40 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

President Trump and Theresa May spoke today about Iran

From CNN’s Max Foster

UK Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with President Trump on Friday and condemned Iran’s attacks against Israeli army posts from inside Syria.

She also reiterated the UK and Europe’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.

The White House issued this readout of the call:

Both leaders condemned the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens. President Trump called on all nations to join the United States and the United Kingdom in making clear that the Iranian regime’s actions pose a severe threat to international peace and stability. The leaders discussed how best to address Iran’s destabilizing behavior.
4:09 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

Sarah Sanders doesn't believe all negative news about White House is "fake"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday she doesn't believe all negative news about President Trump is "fake."

"No," she responded when asked whether she agreed with Trump's tweet this week that read: "91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)."

She didn't elaborate further.

Read Trump's tweet:

4:06 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

Sanders wouldn't say if Trump thinks Michael Cohen payments were inappropriate

A reporter asked if President Trump believed it was appropriate for his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to be taking money from private companies like AT&T and presumably promising to influence policy or to give them strategy on government policy in return.

Sanders wouldn't say.

Instead, she said, "The bigger point is that the President isn't going to be influenced by special interests. He's going to do what he finds to be in the best interests of Americans across the country."

3:38 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

Sanders says Trump isn't setting negative tone for White House aides

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump isn't setting a negative tone for his aides, which may have led to aide Kelly Sadler's comment about John McCain "dying."

"Certainly there is not a tone set here. We have a respect for all Americans," Sanders told CNN's Jeff Zeleny. "That is something we try to do in both word and action."

She added that the respectful tone was reflected in the policies they've promoted, and refused to "get into a back and forth" about it.

3:56 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

White House refuses comment about aide's crass McCain remark

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

The White House declined to comment about a purported remark about Sen. John McCain by a communications staffer.

"I’m not going to comment on an internal staff meeting," press secretary Sarah Sanders said of aide Kelly Sadler's remark that McCain is "dying."

A White House official told CNN that Sadler responded to McCain's opposition to President Trump's pick for CIA director by saying that "he's dying anyway."

4:05 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

Sanders: Trump wasn't influenced by Michael Cohen which "is the definition of draining the swamp"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called reports of Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from AT&T and Novartis, a major pharmaceutical company, "the definition of draining the swamp" due to the stated fact that the President was not influenced by him.

"This further proves the President is not going to be influenced by special interest. This is the definition of draining the swamp, something the President talked about repeatedly during the campaign," Sanders said.

A reporter asked how, exactly, this was draining the swamp.

Sanders replied: "I think it pretty clear the Department of Justice opposed the merger and certainly the President has not been influenced by any -- or his administration influenced by any outside special interests."

3:51 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

Sarah Sanders: Best outcome for North Korea summit is complete denuclearization

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked whether President Trump can complete his objective of denuclearization in a one-day summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Certainly not going to get ahead of those conversations," she told reporters. "As you stated, we plan for a full day of meetings on the 12th with some time reserved to carry over if necessary."

"Certainly the best outcome would be an agreement for complete and total denuclearization, but this is the beginning part of these conversations."

She later added: "So it's not just one day that is -- you have to look at the broader picture but certainly we have that time set aside at this point."

3:15 p.m. ET, May 11, 2018

White House calls on "responsible nations" to pressure Iran

The White House just issued a statement on Iran, days after President Trump announced he was pulling out of the nuclear deal.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pours resources into exporting destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East, even as the Iranian people are victims of a struggling economy. Already this week, the IRGC has fired rockets at Israeli citizens, and Iran’s proxies in Yemen have launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh. These actions are further proof that the Iranian regime’s reckless actions pose a severe threat to regional peace and security. It is time for responsible nations to bring pressure on Iran to change this dangerous behavior.”

The statement comes amid soaring tension between Israel and Iran.

This week, Israel claimed it struck almost all of Iran's military capabilities in Syria after what it says was an Iranian missile attack on the Golan Heights.