FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump joins 'Fox & Friends' for exclusive interview; 'Gang of 8' to be briefed on Russia probe

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Developing now, Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • EXCLUSIVE: President Trump joins 'Fox & Friends' for a wide-ranging interview on Thursday at 6 a.m. ET
  • The FBI and Justice Department will brief the bipartisan 'Gang of 8' lawmakers on the Russia investigation Thursday after meeting with two key House Republicans, Reps. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy
  • North Korea threatened to back out of a scheduled summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, and reportedly called Vice President Mike Pence a 'political dummy'
  • The NFL's decision to require players to stand during the national anthem has sparked strong reaction from supporters and critics - and marks a victory for President Trump
  • The Trump administration has launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imported autos and auto parts

THE LEAD STORY: TRUMP'S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON 'FOX & FRIENDS': President Donald Trump will join "Fox & Friends" on Thursday for a wide-ranging interview with host Brian Kilmeade ... Trump is expected to discuss a number of issues: his plans to confront the violent El Salvador-based gang MS-13; the new NFL ruling penalizing teams for kneeling during the national anthem; the latest developments in the president's planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and more. Tune in to "Fox & Friends" this Thursday, starting at 6 a.m. ET!

THE 'GANG' IS ALL HERE: FBI and Justice Department officials on Thursday will brief a bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the "Gang of 8" on classified documents related to the special counsel's Russia investigation after they meet with two key House Republican lawmakers, Fox News has learned ... The first meeting at Justice Department headquarters is scheduled to take place at noon ET and will include White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; FBI Director Christopher Wray; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.; and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. The second meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m., will include Kelly, Rosenstein, Wray, Coats, Gowdy, Republican and Democratic leaders from both the House and Senate, and the top lawmakers from their intelligence panels.

Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., told Fox News they plan to attend the second meeting. Warner is vice chairman of the Senate intelligence panel. The announcement of a second meeting came after criticism from Democrats who said the briefing should have been given to the "Gang of 8" as opposed to just Nunes and Gowdy.

DIMMING SUMMIT HOPES? - North Korea early Thursday threatened to back away from the much-anticipated upcoming summit with the U.S. and called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy," ratcheting up the rhetoric after months of signaling an openness to compromise ... The dig at Pence apparently stemmed from his Fox News interview on Monday, when he told Martha MacCallum on "The Story," that North Korea "asked for the meeting" with the U.S. "As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president," North Korea's vice foreign minister, Choe Sun Hui, said in a statement released by state media, according to the Wall Street Journal. Choe said the U.S. "has asked for the dialogue" with the North but is now "misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us."

NFL'S #WINNING NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM POLICY: A decision from NFL owners requiring players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" if they are on the field when the anthem is played has triggered intense reaction from supporters and opponents, as one owner revealed that he abstained from the vote ... Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously at the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Fox News in an email that San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York was the only abstention. The NFL's anthem policy change is a victory for President Trump, who repeatedly blasted players who refused to stand for the anthem and publicly reminded league executives about the league's withering ratings. Vice President Mike Pence, who left a game between the 49ers and Indianapolis Colts this past October after some 49ers knelt during the anthem, tweeted a link to a news story about the policy change with the phrase, "#Winning."

TRUMP CONSIDERS TARIFFS ON CARS: President Trump has a new trade target: cars. The Trump administration confirmed Wednesday that it may slap tariffs on imported vehicles and automotive parts, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Department of Commerce ... In a statement, Trump said he instructed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to “consider initiating a Section 232 investigation into imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts to determine their effects on America’s national security.” Trump’s auto tariffs, if implemented, would be similar to how the administration imposed duties on imported steel and aluminum.


'OUTRAGEOUS ABUSE': "It's amazing to me that Clapper continues to go on national TV and... denies what we know to be true."  – Laura Ingraham, in her "Angle" monologue on "The Ingraham Angle," ripped Obama-era Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for purportedly lying about surveilling members of the Trump presidential campaign. WATCH

'ANIMAL' ABUSE: "I know you’ve been taking a hit on your comments about ‘animals’ and MS-13. But I think you’re being kind. Animals kill for survival; MS-13 kills for sport."  - Acting ICE Director Tom Homan, at an immigration roundtable in Bethpage, N.Y., ripping critics of Trump's "animals" remark that he used to describe MS-13, as seen on "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino." WATCH


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On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Brian Kilmeade's exclusive interview with President Trump; a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team shows what it's like to diffuse a bomb on the battlefield; Judge Andrew Napolitano breaks down a judge's ruling that Trump can't block people on Twitter; Brad Parscale gives his first TV interview after being named Trump's 2020 campaign manager. This week's "Cooking with Friends" segment features Johnny "Joey" Jones' spaghetti squash with meatballs.

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include: Morgan Ortagus, national security analyst; Dick Bove, Vertical Group research and bank analyst; James McDermott, president of Nassau County Police Benevolent Association; Naguib Sawiris, Egyptian billionaire.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Monica Crowley; Rep. Louie Gohmert; Ari Fleischer; Len Light, owner of Lenco Armored Vehicles.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: John Allison, former president and CEO of the Cato Institute.

The Intelligence Report, 2 p.m. ET: Steve Forbes, Forbes Media chairman and editor-in-chief; Rep. Lee Zeldin; Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman.

Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET: David Murray, co-author of "Two for the Money"; Jonathan Murray, senior vice president of Investments and wealth management specialist for UBS; Rebeca Romero Rainey, Independent Community Bankers of America CEO and president.

On Fox News Radio:

Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: Don't miss the new show hosted by Guy Benson, political editor at and Marie Harf, former senior adviser of strategic communications at the State Department.

The Fox News Rundown podcast

The NFL has announced a new policy that tries to offer a solution to the national anthem kneeling controversy. Green Beret and Former NFL player Nate Boyer and Fox Sports' Jim Gray share their thoughts on whether this will work.

There were primaries in four states on Tuesday, with a record number of women voting and running for office. Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh and Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell discuss the impact this may have in the November midterms. Plus, commentary from Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Want the Fox News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device? Subscribe through Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Don't miss Brian's full interview with President Trump. Other guests include: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise; Larry Sabato; Karl Rove and Steve Doocy.

The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone and Newt Gingrich discuss the latest on the Russian probe and the NFL's new national anthem rules.


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Fox News First is compiled by Fox News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Friday morning.