Today in Trumpworld – March 30

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TRUMP’S SCHEDULE:

10:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office.

11 a.m.: Trump will meet with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in the Oval Office.

12 p.m.: Trump will host a legislative affairs lunch to discuss opioid and drug abuse in the Roosevelt Room.

3 p.m.: Trump will welcome Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to the White House.

3:10 p.m.: Trump and Rasmussen will meet in the Oval Office.

3:25 p.m.: Trump will lead an expanded bilateral meeting with Rasmussen in the Cabinet Room.

OTHER HAPPENINGS: Press secretary Sean Spicer will brief the press at the White House at 1:30 p.m.

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING: From the White House: “President Donald J. Trump will host President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago April 6–7, 2017. This will be the first meeting between President Trump and President Xi. The two leaders will discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual concern. The President and the First Lady will also host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at a dinner on the evening of April 6.”

BREAKING OVERNIGHT: From AP’s Jennifer Sinco Kelleher: “A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii’s request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program.”

MORE COURT CHALLENGES: From POLITICO’s Edward-Isaac Dovere: “Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday, charging that President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening funding for ‘sanctuary cities’ is ‘unconstitutional and ambiguous,’ and violates the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.”

SENATE STEPS UP ON RUSSIA: From POLITICO’s Austin Wright and Martin Matishak: “The House investigation into Russia’s election meddling is in shambles. The Senate is more than happy to fill the void. As the House probe continued its collapse into a partisan shouting match Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart, Mark Warner, stepped into the spotlight to present a stark contrast. Their message? We are the adults in the room.”

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS: From the New York Times’ Ben Hubbard and Michael R. Gordon: “The United States launched more airstrikes in Yemen this month than during all of last year. In Syria, it has airlifted local forces to front-line positions and has been accused of killing civilians in airstrikes. In Iraq, American troops and aircraft are central in supporting an urban offensive in Mosul, where airstrikes killed scores of people on March 17. Two months after the inauguration of President Trump, indications are mounting that the United States military is deepening its involvement in a string of complex wars in the Middle East that lack clear endgames.”

TAX REFORM UPDATE: From POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn: “Republican and Democratic veterans of Washington’s messy policymaking process have a vehement response to the idea that the White House, fresh from its failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, will take the lead on drafting legislation to reform the nation’s tax system: good luck with that. Traditionally, the White House has stumbled when trying to craft major new legislation. Writing laws is, after all, what Congress gets paid to do — and lawmakers don’t like being big-footed by staffers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., even when they come from the same party.”

Source Politico