As Republicans' refusal to include protections for immigrants in a spending proposal has Congress heading toward a likely government shutdown, President Donald Trump was forced on Friday to delay his plans to travel to Mar-a-Lago for a gala celebrating his first year in office.
After originally planning to leave by 4:30pm on Friday for the Saturday night event as the Senate debated the bill ahead of a midnight deadline, Trump is reportedly delaying his flight until the Senate reaches an agreement or a Continuing Resolution which would temporarily fund the government.
Trump had planned to commend himself on a year that has left him with historically low approval ratings, as hundreds of thousands of government employees potentially head toward a furlough and while Democrats and Republicans debate spending priorities and protections for immigrants.
Tickets to the gala cost $100,000 per couple for those who wanted their photograph taken with the president, and $250,000 per couple for guests who wanted a seat at Trump's table.
President Trump will stay in Washington until spending bill passes and delay his weekend at Mar-a-lago. “He can’t go until it’s done,” a White House official says. Wonder if those $100k fundraising gala tickets are refundable?!— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) January 19, 2018
Democrats in Congress are insisting on a spending deal that includes protections for young undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has the support of nearly 90 percent of Americans—including two-thirds of Republicans, according to one Harvard-Harris poll.
The president's racist remarks about immigrants from Haiti, Central America, and Africa threatened to derail a potential deal last week.
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If there is any more perfect snapshot of Trump’s Presidency than him jetting off to a gala for billionaires to praise his brilliance at his own private country club while the government shuts down because of his tantrums I can’t imagine it.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 19, 2018
Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which has monitored Trump's financial gains from the presidency, were among those who suggested the party was yet another opportunity for Trump to enrich himself while in office.
And how much with Trump personally profit from the party? https://t.co/1qnBTt5rR7— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 19, 2018
The great American kleptocracy. He is milking this gig for every last cent!— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) January 19, 2018
Trump will mark the 1st anniversary of his inauguration w/ a celebration at Mar-a-Lago w tickets starting at $100,000...For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable. https://t.co/HhhG12Yeyv