NEW YORK - Kanye West, one of Donald Trump's biggest celebrity supporters, appeared to have deleted his tweets about his meeting last year with the then U.S. president-elect in which the two discussed multicultural issues. The influential rapper's handful of Twitter entries from their Dec. 13 meeting at Trump Tower in New York, where West said he had wanted to discuss "bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums and violence in Chicago," were missing from his account on Monday.
Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday: IMMIGRATION ORDER Trump's temporary immigration ban faces a legal hurdle that could determine whether he can push through the most controversial and far-reaching policy of his first two weeks in office. Nearly 100 companies, including some of high-tech's biggest names, join a legal brief opposing the ban, arguing it would give companies incentives to move jobs outside the United States.
Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, Feb. 5, drew a 48.8 overnight rating, according to Nielsen data released by the 21st Century Fox unit. The 48.8 rating is lower than the previous two Super Bowls, despite a thrilling finish that saw the New England Patriots pull off a 25-point comeback to win the National Football League's first overtime Super Bowl.
MOSCOW—The Kremlin said on Monday, Feb. 6, it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Putin as "a killer" in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O'Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed.
Canada's Denis Shapovalov was left mortified after joining tennis's hall of infamy on Sunday, Jan. 5, offering an apology and promising that he would learn from his momentary explosion of temper that left a Davis Cup umpire needing a visit to hospital. Shapovalov, one of the brightest young talents in the game at 17, was fined $7,000 on Monday for hitting chair umpire Arnaud Gabas with a ball he smashed away in anger during the Canada-Britain tie in Ottawa.
NEW YORK—Fresh off her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, Lady Gaga on Monday, Feb. 6, announced a North American and European tour. The tour, starting in Vancouver on Aug. 1, will promote the singer's latest studio album, "Joanne." She will also play dates in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England and other European cities through Dec. 14.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—President Donald Trump said in remarks broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 5, that he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in last November's election. There is an overwhelming consensus among state officials, election experts, and politicians that voter fraud is rare in the United States, but Trump has repeatedly said he thinks perhaps millions of votes cast in the Nov. 8 election were fraudulent.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, Feb. 5, defended President Donald Trump's attack on a federal judge who blocked a travel ban on citizens of seven mainly Muslim nations, as the first major legal battle of the Trump administration intensified. Trump blasted Judge James Robart as a "so-called judge" on Saturday, a day after the Seattle jurist issued a temporary restraining order on the ban. A U.S. appeals court later on Saturday denied the government's request for an immediate stay of the ruling.
NEW YORK—U.S. refiners are facing the prospects of weakening gasoline demand for the first time in five years, stoking fears that earnings this year may be even worse than the dismal performances seen in 2016. The sign of weakening U.S. gasoline demand comes as U.S. refiners are in the midst of reporting their worst year of earnings since the U.S. shale boom started in 2011. The oil boom turned to bust in 2014, and U.S. independent refiners reaped the profits as plunging pump prices and a growing economy helped fuel a surge in demand.
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration's immigration order barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily blocking refugees was in legal limbo on Sunday, Feb. 5, after an appeals court denied the Department of Justice's request to restore the ban. The overnight ruling dealt a further setback to Trump, who has denounced the judge in Seattle who blocked his executive order on Friday. In tweets and comments to reporters, the president has insisted he will get the ban reinstated.