Breakfast Briefing, 10.4.2017: Craigie launches next venture; Trump to Las Vegas

Former Hotwire chief Brendon Craigie has rolled out his next venture. Plus: President Trump is set to visit Las Vegas today after a controversial stop in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Craigie launches ‘location agnostic’ firm. Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie has teamed up with Ellen Raphael, former director of charity Sense About Science, to roll out science and tech agency Tyto. The shop, which has nine staffers around Europe, will be "location agnostic," according to Craigie, meaning it will offer "PR without borders."

Today: Trump to Las Vegas. A day after raising eyebrows with some of his comments in Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Las Vegas, the site of a mass shooting that took the lives of 58 people at a country music festival early Monday. While Trump’s messaging is always unpredictable, don’t expect him to talk about gun control during the stop.

What the White House comms shop is thinking about today. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to be talked out of quitting his post this summer by Vice President Mike Pence after a series of personal and policy disagreements with the White House, according to an NBC News report posted Wednesday morning. Tillerson openly disparaged Trump as "a moron" after a July 20 national security meeting, according to the report.

More on Russian-backed ads on Facebook. Russian-backed political ads on the social network targeted voters in the swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin before the 2016 presidential election, according to CNN. The ads, some of which were anti-Muslim in nature, were "highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal," sources told the network.

FS1 apologizes for Knick-bashing subway campaign. Let’s face it. The Knicks have underperformed for decades and probably will again this season. However, Fox Sports 1 was probably a little too forward in pointing that out to New York City subway riders in a new campaign that called the team "hopeless" in capital letters on the sides of subway cars. The network has apologized for the push and said it will remove the subway wrapping.

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