Thursday's Hangout With Steven Mnuchin and Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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President Donald Trump is finding it hard to recruit staff to fill the vacancies, several people close to the West Wing say, as he faces the second year of his administration with daunting political odds and an ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

A "senior White House official" tells ABC News that the ban on all personal smart devices is an attempt by the Trump administration to stop leaks and increase employee productivity.

Sanders likely will face questions about President Donald Trump's views on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "There has been no directive on staff departures and any suggestion otherwise is ridiculous fake news".

Mnuchin, who will lead the USA economic delegation to Davos, said the Trump team will discuss the "America first" philosophy and the president will speak there about "reciprocal, free and fair trade", a favorite topic.

This led to a bunch of "ooohs" and groans from reporters in the room.

He also asked Sanders what she most liked about her role. "However, we still think we can get there".

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Even so, Pelosi said there was already plenty of groundwork on the immigration deal, "there is plenty of other bipartisan activity going on that gives me hope that we're pretty close".

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson White House Chief of Staff John Kelly with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster during a panel discussing UN reform before the 72nd UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 18, 2017.

Kelly's efforts to dismiss the power of Trump's tweets inside the White House is part public relations strategy and part effort to survive.

Government funding expires on January 19.

"The President fully supports the 702 and was happy to see that it passed the House today". Democrats have threatened to withhold those votes without an immigration agreement. "There's no other bill".

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