TRUMP’S SCHEDULE TODAY
9:45 a.m.: President Donald Trump will depart the White House en route to the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
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10 a.m.: Trump will deliver remarks at the 2017 Values Voter Summit at the Omni.
11:05 a.m.: Trump will arrive back at the White House.
12:45 p.m.: Trump will deliver remarks on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room.
1:35 p.m.: Trump and first lady Melania Trump will depart the White House en route to Beltsville, Maryland.
1:45 p.m.: The Trumps will arrive at the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center for a visit.
4:40 p.m.: The Trumps will return to the White House.
TRUMP’S TWITTER THIS MORNING: “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix! … [Commenting on a Bill O’Reilly tweet about NBC News] Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out! … ObamaCare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves! … Hard to believe that the Democrats, who have gone so far LEFT that they are no longer recognizable, are fighting so hard for Sanctuary crime … The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the H’s. I will always be with them!”
TRUMP MOVES TO HOBBLE OBAMACARE: From POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey and Paul Demko: “President Donald Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in his most aggressive move yet to undermine the health care law. The subsidies, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year and are paid out in monthly installments, may stop almost immediately since Congress hasn’t appropriated funding for the program. The decision, which leaked out only hours after Trump signed an executive order calling for new regulations to encourage cheap, loosely regulated health plans – delivered a double whammy to Obamacare after months of failed GOP efforts to repeal the law. With open enrollment for the 2018 plan year set to launch in two weeks, the moves seem aimed at dismantling the law through executive actions. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the decision in a statement emailed to reporters at 10:47 p.m. Thursday.”
IRAN DEAL LATEST: From the AP’s Matthew Lee: “President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won’t withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration. Trump’s speech from the White House will outline specific faults he finds in the pact but will also focus on an array of Iran’s troubling non-nuclear activities, four officials and advisers said. Those include Tehran’s ballistic missile program, support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and other groups that destabilize the region, including in Yemen. Under U.S. law, Trump faces a Sunday deadline to notify Congress whether Iran is complying with the accord that was negotiated over 18 months by the Obama administration and determine if it remains a national security priority. Although Trump will allow that Iran is living up to the letter of the agreement, he will make the case that the deal is fatally flawed and that its non-nuclear behavior violates the spirit of the regional stability it was intended to encourage, the officials and advisers said. The officials and advisers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly preview the speech, said Trump will not call for a re-imposition of nuclear sanctions on Tehran. He will instead urge lawmakers to codify tough new requirements for Tehran to continue to benefit from the sanctions relief that it won in exchange for curbing its atomic program, they said.”
JOHN KELLY OPENS UP: From POLITICO’s Annie Karni: “White House chief of staff John Kelly had a few things to get off his chest. He’s not quitting or getting fired (at least not today). He’s not frustrated in his position. The viral photos of him looking existentially troubled when President Donald Trump speaks? That’s just his thinking face. And he does not want to be judged by his ability to control the president — or the president’s Twitter feed. In a highly unusual move designed to put to rest mounting speculation about his future in the West Wing, Kelly took the podium on Thursday to conduct the daily press briefing himself, and set the record straight. ‘I’m not quitting today,’ he said, smiling. ‘I don’t believe, and I just talked to the president, I don’t think I’m being fired today.’ Since taking over the chief of staff role in July, Kelly has generally tried to stay out of the camera frame, and has had little contact with the political press, making his entrance into the briefing room all the more notable.”