Updated at 8:41 a.m. | The White House has prepared an action-packed week for President Donald Trump ahead of his 100th day in office, including the unveiling of the “principles” behind his tax overhaul plan and more executive orders.
Trump and his senior staff are gearing up to make the case it will be the most productive 100 days for any president in 84 years. Democrats, meanwhile, will be pushing their position — that the 45th president has spent his first few months in office breaking his campaign promises.
Trump will describe the “principles” of his tax overhaul package on Wednesday, according to a White House official. The announcement will come just a few days before he’s spent 100 days in office, a milestone at which presidents are judged on what they have accomplished.
Shy of a major legislative victory, White House officials are preparing a public relations blitz to sell Trump’s first 100 days as productive.
All the activity planned for the president ahead of the milestone will occur as Trump’s team works with lawmakers to avoid a government shutdown on Friday night, while possibly teeing up a revised health reform bill for a House vote.
With Trump’s approval rating hovering around 40 percent, it appears he will pass the milestone with the lowest mark of any modern commander in chief.
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Also on Wednesday, the White House will host unnamed senators for a briefing on North Korea, according to an official.
“The principals will be Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, the Director of National Intelligence Coats, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford,” according to a White House official.
Trump intends to sign more executive orders Tuesday (“to protect and provide relief for rural America”), Thursday (on veterans) and Friday (energy), according to a White House official.
The official lauded a record that Trump is poised to set by the time his 100th day rolls around next weekend: He will have signed 32 executive orders, the highest number of executive actions signed during the honeymoon period since World War II.
On Friday, just one day before his 100th day in office — either a partial or full day since he took the Oath of Office — Trump will hit the road. He will take Air Force One to Atlanta to address a National Rifle Association’s conference in Atlanta.
And on Saturday evening, Trump will hold a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania, counter-programming to the White House Correspondents’ Association's annual dinner that he is skipping.
Late Sunday night, the White House issued a revised version of Trump's schedule for the week that removed a dinner with all nine Supreme Court justices and the opening of the Department of Homeland Security's “Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement Office (VOICE).”