D.C. briefly

Does President Donald Trump find the accommodations at the White House slightly less than four-star-worthy? In a story published on golf.com about Trump’s links obsession, the hotelier-turned-POTUS reportedly told some of his golf buddies that he prefers staying at his own properties rather than at the executive mansion because it is “a real dump.” Trump explained his frequent visits to his Bedminster, N.J., golf club to several members, according to the report, with this bad Yelp review: “That White House is a real dump.” A White House spokesperson denied that this occurred, the website notes. But the quality of the lodging got a defender. “Thank you to all the White House ushers, butlers, maids, chefs, florists, gardeners, plumbers, engineers & curators for all you do every day,” Chelsea Clinton tweeted.

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Trump amid the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election. The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department. Wray, 50, inherits the FBI at a particularly challenging time given Trump’s ousting of Comey, who was admired within the FBI. “This is a tough time to take this tough job,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said during Senate debate.

President Trump will “very soon” sign a law limiting his ability to lift sanctions against Russia, even though he has “concerns” about the measure, Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Tbilisi, Georgia. If Trump signs the bill, it will be the first time that Congress, with both houses controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, has imposed its will on the administration on a major policy matter.

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by the New York Times. An internal announcement seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

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