Washington will soon find out if Sarah Huckabee Sanders can take it as well as she can dish it out.
The White House press secretary is going to the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, in place of her boss.
President Donald Trump hasn’t been to the dinner since comedian Seth Meyers skewered him in 2011 when he was teasing a presidential run.
“Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican — which is surprising, since I just assumed that he was running as a joke,” Meyers said at the time.
Comedian Michelle Wolf is the host of this year’s dinner at the Washington Hilton. The former Daily Show correspondent jokingly dared Trump to attend the event at a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“I dare you, you poor little man,” she said to laughs. “I’ll give you five dollars if you come.”
For those who don’t get to be in the room for the jokes, there are parties around town to celebrate what locals like to call “Nerd Prom.” All parties are invite-only and the invitations are nontransferable.
Have more to add to the list? Email: HOH@rollcall.com.
Watch: Pet Birds, Group Houses and Babies — Congressional Hits and Misses
President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron where he was asked a question about Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick for secretary of Veterans Affairs. Jackson has recently faced allegations including a hostile work environment and drinking on the job.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he would not be making floor time for legislation designed to shield Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III from firing.
McConnell’s determination that the action is not needed is apparently regardless of what happens in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I don’t think he should fire Mueller, and I don’t think he’s going to,” the Kentucky Republican said. “So, this is a piece of legislation that’s not necessary in my judgement.”
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility as the majority leader. We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said during a Fox News interview.
Watch: The Status of Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller
The Judiciary Committee has a bipartisan bill on its agenda for Thursday’s markup, which may be held over for a week before consideration. Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed concern that President Donald Trump may seek to fire Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The measure being considered by the Senate committee is a hybrid of combines two separate proposals, each backed by Republicans and Democrats.
Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.