With the federal government possibly about to shut down within hours, President Donald Trump is putting his planned weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort on hold.
NBC reported early Friday Trump won’t go until a budget passes. That could interfere with his plans to attend a $100,000-a-person fundraising dinner scheduled for Saturday night at the Florida resort.
The House passed a stopgap budget on Thursday night but the Senate has yet to act. Democrats have warned they have enough votes to defeat the measure, which does not include an extension of immigration legislation they are seeking. The government is funded through midnight.
So this is new: a WH official tells pool the president “will not be going to Florida until the CR passes.”@POTUS had originally been set to leave for Mar-a-Lago this afternoon.
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) January 19, 2018
‘F’ for leadership: Two professors asked experts to grade President Donald Trump’s first year in office, publishing their findings in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage column on Friday. Of 320 experts on presidential politics invited to participate, 155 replied with grades on subjects including legislative accomplishments and overall presidential leadership. The president got an “F” from the experts on leadership; a “D-” on accomplishments and other poor grades.
Official quits after racist comments found: A Trump administration appointee quit Thursday after a CNN review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio.
CNN reported Carl Higbie resigned as chief of external affairs for the federal government’s volunteer service organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service. Higbie previously hosted the radio program “Sound of Freedom” on internet talk radio.