Trump to kick off week to celebrate 100-day mark
Ambitious week includes speeches, executive orders White House holds out hope for vote on health care agreement this week
President Trump will embark Monday on a week crammed with events leading up to his 100th day in office, including dinner with the Supreme Court, executive orders on energy independence and relief for rural America, a high-level briefing for senators on North Korea nuclear weapons program, and speeches at the National Holocaust Museum and at a National Rifle Association forum.
By his 100th day on Saturday, the White House said, Mr. Trump will have issued 32 executive orders — the most by a president since World War II. It’s also in part a reflection of Mr. Trump’s difficulties so far in getting major legislation through Congress, where he faces a Friday deadline to reach a spending deal to stave off a government shutdown.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus pushed back Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on criticism that Mr. Trump hasn’t had major legislative achievements in his first 100 days.
“Barack Obama had a pre-baked stimulus package that started in October ... passed in February , it was prebaked,” Mr. Priebus said. “George Bush didn’t get any major legislation until June . [Bill] Clinton, August 10th  . ... Here is the deal, the president signed over 28 bills already. Health care [repeal of Obamacare] may happen next week; it may not. We’re hopeful it will.”
He also said the administration is negotiating in the current spending bill “one of the biggest increases in military spending in decades. So, he is fulfilling his promises and doing it at breakneck speed.”
Forty-five percent of Americans in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal survey said they believe Mr. Trump is off to a poor start, with an additional 19 percent who say it’s been “only a fair start.” A combined 35 percent think the president’s first three months in office have been either “good” or “great.”
Top White House officials on Sunday said they hope House Republicans will vote on a health care agreement this week, even though House Speaker Paul D. Ryan reportedly told members they should focus in the coming days on keeping the government funded.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said a recent proposal designed to let states waive insurer regulations in Obamacare is a tweak to an underlying replacement plan, so it’s not as if House Republicans are starting from scratch.
“We don’t think there’s any structural reason that the House and the Senate cannot do both things in a week,” Mr. Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday.” “If we can have an agreement by the end of the day today on keeping the government open, that can get done this week. And if the House at least can get its ducks in a row to vote this week on health care that can get done as well.”
It was unclear how lawmakers could reach an agreement on funding by late Sunday, though Mr. Mulvaney told Fox that negotiations were going on “as we speak.”
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also pushed for a vote by Saturday — the 100th day of Mr. Trump’s presidency — though said it wasn’t a makeor-break situation.
“I would like to have a vote this week. And I think the leadership knows that we would like to have a vote this week,” Mr. Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s a marathon, not a
During this week, Cabinet secretaries will fan out across the country to hold events in various cities, such as Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon traveling to Orlando, Florida, to attend a roundtable with Hispanic business owners.
Cabinet members and other top administration aides will also be conducting a media blitz, giving interviews to regional and other media outlets to highlight the president’s first 100 days.
“Throughout this week President Trump will continue to deliver on his promises to the American people, from thinking big about exploration and discovery again, to protecting the farmers and ranchers that feed our country, to reasserting American power on the world stage,” a White House official said.
On Monday, Mr. Trump will speak with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson sprint,” he added. “So, we’re hopeful for this week. But, again, it’s not something that has to happen in order to define our success.”
For years, GOP lawmakers have said they would swiftly gut Obamacare once they paired control of Congress with a Republican in the White House. Yet their first go-around last month ended in a mess after leaders were unable to muster the votes and had to yank the bill.
Talks around health care have been revived by a plan negotiated by Rep. Tom MacArthur, a New Jersey Republican who chairs the centrist Tuesday Group, and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
The plan would shift to the states the burden of deciding what services insurers must cover, and would
in an Earth-to-space call to congratulate her on her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station. The 20-minute call will be carried live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website and Facebook page at 10 a.m.
The White House said Mr. Trump will discuss “the importance of empowering women “to pursue educations and careers in STEM fields.”
Mr. Trump also will host a reception with conservative media, followed by dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
On Tuesday, the president will speak at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Day of Remembrance, and issue an executive order intended to “protect and provide relief for rural America,” the White House said. let insurers charge healthy customers less, so long as states set up risk pools to subsidize sicker people priced out of the market.
No state could waive the part of Obamacare requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting medical conditions, however, preserving the most popular part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
It’s unclear whether the proposal can win over enough holdouts to pass. Centrists might not want to let states duck the part of Obamacare that bars insurers from charging sick people more than healthy ones, since they had promised to preserve the provision.
Mr. Ryan has refused to set “artificial deadlines” for a roll call on any new plan. He says it will be held when leaders are confident they’ve whipped enough votes for it to pass.
Rep. Mark Sanford on Sunday argued the emerging proposal could deliver the breakthrough that Republicans need.
The proposal, he said, would let states like Vermont pursue a bigger government role in health care and let his own state execute a more “market-based” system.
“I think it’s something that makes sense,” Mr. Sanford, South Carolina Republican and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Mr. Trump, who is desperate for a legislative win, recently said the health bill is getting “better and better” each day.
“The quote, ‘better,’ that he’s talking about are these very negotiations,” Mr. Sanford said of the waiver plan.
The president will outline his principles for tax reform on Wednesday, hoping to give momentum to a key priority with an uncertain timetable. The White House also will host senators on Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
On Thursday, while Mr. Trump is hosting the president of Argentina at the White House, the Department of Homeland Security will roll out the Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement Office, “fulfilling a promise the president made both on the campaign trail and with one of his first executive orders,” the White House said. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will hold a “listening tour” on urban housing in
The president’s dinner with the entire Supreme Court will take place Thursday night, on the heels of his successful nomination of Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.
On Friday, the White House said Mr. Trump “will move our country even further toward our goal of energy independence” by signing several executive orders on energy. He will also address the National Rifle Association’s leadership forum in Atlanta.
And on Saturday, Mr. Trump is skipping the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington to speak “straight to the people about these achievements and the countless other successes of his first 100 days in office,” the White House said. He’ll attend a nighttime rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney doesn’t see why a vote on a health care agreement and government funding can’t both happen this week.