Today in Trumpworld — April 10


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

11 a.m.: Trump will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden.

4 p.m.: Trump will meet with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney in the Oval Office.

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

STAGE SETTER: From POLITICO Playbook: “Congress is gone. Passover begins tonight. D.C. will be unnaturally quiet this week, save the ongoing wars in President Donald Trump’s West Wing. This week’s headliner is a White House visit by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Wednesday. Trump hasn’t been shy when it comes to NATO, saying that the United States shoulders too much of the financial burden for the 28-nation alliance.”

THE BIG PICTURE: From POLITICO’s Shane Goldmacher: “President Donald Trump has far more than three years left in his first term. But inside his pressure-cooker of a White House, aides and advisers are sweating the next three weeks. The symbolic 100-day mark by which modern presidents are judged menaces for an image-obsessed chief executive whose opening sprint has been marred by legislative stumbles, legal setbacks, senior staff kneecapping one another, the resignation of his national security adviser and near-daily headlines and headaches about links to Russia. The date, April 29, hangs over the West Wing like the sword of Damocles as the unofficial deadline to find their footing— or else.”

COMING ATTRACTION: From CNN’s Daniella Diaz: “President Donald Trump’s administration is drafting an executive order to investigate the extent to which the unfair dumping and subsidization of certain imports adds to the US trade deficit. If the results of the investigation show an impact, it could lead to more tariffs on imported goods, an administration official told CNN.”

ANOTHER LAWSUIT: From POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein: “A new lawsuit is demanding that a log of visitors to the White House and to President Donald Trump’s homes in New York and Florida be released to the public. The suit, set to be filed Monday in federal court in New York, contends that the Secret Service is in violation of the law by failing to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for details on visitors to the White House and other locations where Mr. Trump has spent time since taking office.”

TRUMP THE PEACEMAKER: From POLITICO’s Kenneth P. Vogel and Josh Dawsey: “President Donald Trump on Saturday night had a friendly chat at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach with twin mega-donor brothers David and Bill Koch, whose family had clashed with Trump during the campaign. Three people familiar with the interaction said it occurred when Trump stopped by as the billionaire brothers were eating dinner with conservative media entrepreneur Chris Ruddy, a friend of the president who is a member of Mar-a-Lago and is known to hold court with his guests at the membership-only club.”

SYRIA UPDATE: From the Washington Post’s Carol Morello: “Officials in the Trump administration on Sunday demanded that Russia stop supporting the Syrian government or face a further deterioration in its relations with the United States. Signaling the focus of talks that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to have in Moscow this week, officials said that Russia, in propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, bears at least partial responsibility for Wednesday’s chemical attack on villagers in Idlib province.”


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