President Trump to delay Mar-a-Lago trip until spending bill passes

President Trump to delay Mar-a-Lago trip until spending bill passes

The White House has been communicating with federal agencies to ensure plans are in place for dealing with a potential shutdown, with the message that agencies should do whatever they can "to minimize the impact on the general public" of a shutdown, the official said.

Trump has blamed Democrats for the shutdown and argued it will be "devastating to our military", though members of the military are largely exempt from shutdowns as they are considered essential services.

"The President will not be going to Florida until the CR passes", the White House said in a statement, referring to the Continuing Resolution that has stalled in the Senate.

Trump says on Twitter Friday: "Government Funding Bill past (sic) last night in the House of Representatives. Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders", he tweeted.

Trump was set to leave Friday afternoon and planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at Mar-a-Lago.

As if on cue, less than an hour before a scheduled House vote on a spending bill Thursday night, Trump tweeted at lawmakers.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said earlier in the day he was optimistic that Congress would pass a CR that extends government funding to February 16, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters in a weekly press conference that House Democrats would be voting against it because it does not contain a compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

There is ostensibly Democratic support for all of those provisions, but the vast majority of Democrats oppose the stopgap because of the ongoing inability to reach a bipartisan immigration deal.

Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) Politico that enough no votes remain to prevent a stop-gap spending bill from passing through the House, assuming no Democrats vote for the bill. "We need more Republican victories in 2018!"

A partial shutdown, which would begin on Saturday in the absence of a legislative solution, would require many federal workers to be furloughed and various offices closed.

The President, meanwhile, continued to push to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico that many lawmakers do not want as part of any immigration deal.

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