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Amer­i­cans are vexed with the news me­dia for myr­iad rea­sons. There’s some in­sight to be had on the press mind­set Wed­nes­day, how­ever. The New­seum — just a few blocks from the White House it­self — will stage a half-day event ti­tled “The Pres­i­dent and the Press,” which ap­pears to in­clude a cast of thou­sands.

Well, there are 19 jour­nal­ists on stage, any­way, all in­tent on ex­plor­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­la­tion­ship dur­ing his first 100 days in of­fice and what the fu­ture may hold.

On hand to parse out the pos­si­bil­i­ties be­fore a ca­pac­ity live au­di­ence: White House Press Sec­re­tary Sean Spicer, Fox News an­chor Bret Baier, Bre­it­bart White House correspondent Char­lie Spier­ing, and White House coun­selor Kellyanne Con­way — all friendlies.

The other 15 high-pro­file cast mem­bers hail from Politico, The Wash­ing­ton Post, The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and other news or­ga­ni­za­tions, and they are likely in a chal­leng­ing mood. The top­ics in­clude “The press as watch­dog,” “Cov­er­ing the Trump White House,” and “The fu­ture of news in a di­vided and con­nected world.”

Things get un­der­way at 8 a.m. EDT. C-SPAN will cover the event live, and it will be livestreamed from New­

House Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee Chair­man Michael McCaul notes that the sixth an­niver­sary of the Syr­ian civil war came and went in late March and that ISIS re­mains en­trenched in that na­tion, cling­ing to its “self-de­clared caliphate.”

Things are jit­tery state­side as well. The Texas Repub­li­can also says there is a per­sis­tent ter­ror­ist threat to Amer­ica, cit­ing 34 “home­grown ji­hadist” events in 18 states in the last year which have in­cluded pub­lic at­tacks, weapons charges, ly­ing to au­thor­i­ties and fi­nan­cial sup­port for ter­ror­ist causes.

“We must re­main clear-eyed about the threats we face,” says Mr. McCaul. “Is­lamist ter­ror has been fran­chised to fol­low­ers not only in strongholds like Iraq and Syria, but in all cor­ners of the world, and they are us­ing ev­ery­thing from so­phis­ti­cated ex­plo­sives to their own ve­hi­cles to kill in­no­cent peo­ple. We must in­ten­sify our ef­forts to deny these ter­ror­ists safe havens abroad, while more ag­gres­sively coun­ter­ing ji­hadist rad­i­cal­iza­tion ef­forts here in the United States.”

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