Trump won't go to Florida Friday amid shutdown standoff: White House

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 20, 2018

That $100,000 buys dinner as well as a photo with Trump during the Saturday party, according to an invitation to the event reported by Bloomberg.

US President Donald Trump is set to depart Washington to celebrate his one-year inauguration anniversary at a glitzy gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, hours before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown on Friday midnight.

For another $150,000 a pair, deep-pocketed donors can join a roundtable discussion with the commander-in-chief. All proceeds will benefit the Trump Victory Fund, the source confirmed.

"He can't go until it's done", the official said before the decision to cancel the trip was made. "Like in 2013, I'm going to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to reopen the government, and I will donate my take-home pay during the shutdown to charity in IN".

Given the impasse on government spending, planners of the event have been told it's unlikely Trump will make it to West Palm Beach to attend it himself.

Vice President Mike Pence is also scheduled to leave Washington on Friday evening for his three-country tour to the Middle East.

"Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives".

The House voted Thursday night to keep the government open through mid-February and now the matter moves to the Senate.

If the Senate passes the legislation, it would then be sent to Trump's desk for him to sign. White House officials and Republican leaders hope the Senate will be able to pass a short-term fix, known as a continuing resolution, by Saturday.

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