President Trump had more than one thorny issue to address in his first solo press conference, from the controversy over a former aide’s ties with Russia, to the withdrawal of his first nominee for Labor secretary, Andrew Puzder. However, during a back and forth with the press that went over one hour, Trump’s focus shifted to the media itself, which he said was now ‘out of control.’

More from Trump’s press conference:

In a heated moment, a reporter asked Trump: ‘Why should Americans trust you?

On the Russia ties controversy, Trump said: ‘The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake’

The president insisted his administration is a fine-tuned machine

Thanks, but no thanks: Trump’s choice to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the offer. Harward cited family and financial reasons, but some insiders think he said no to the job because he wanted to bring in his own team.

In other politics news, the Supreme Court will set guidelines that could help or hinder Trump's efforts to ramp up border security and accelerate deportations of illegal immigrants. Trump and Republicans said they will soon unveil plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. And the administration will introduce a revised travel ban next week.

Bark at the Moon

A seal performs during the presentation of the new show "Water and Fire" at the National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A seal performs during the presentation of the new show "Water and Fire" at the National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Around the world

Quote of the day

"It's badly thought out. It's a chain of stupidities, complicities and errors from the legislative power to the executive."

- Economist Manuel Molano on Mexico’s Papantla facility, a very costly prison with no inmates

Around the country

Around Wall Street

More coverage on scandal engulfing the Samsung dynasty:
Mattress on cell floor, toilet in the corner for Samsung scion
Mentor of Samsung scion seen stepping up after Lee’s arrest

Today’s reason to live