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

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY DAVID BOYER BY TOM HOW­ELL JR.

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 [2009], it was pre­baked,” Mr. Priebus said. “Ge­orge Bush didn’t get any ma­jor leg­is­la­tion un­til June [2001]. [Bill] Clin­ton, Au­gust 10th [1993] . ... 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

Colum­bus, Ohio.

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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