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Trump To Delay Mar-A-Lago Trip Until Government Funding Bill Passes

20 January 2018

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE is expected to celebrate the first anniversary of his inauguration this weekend with a party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to Bloomberg News.

First Lady Melania Trump (R) and President Donald Trump (2nd R) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (L) upon their arrival to the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.

The amount, confirmed to CNN by a person familiar with the dinner, pays for a couple's dinner and photograph with Trump. Spend $250,000 for a pair of tickets and you also get an opportunity to participate in a roundtable. Officials said the looming government shutdown has delayed his departure. On Friday morning, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the chances of a shutdown are "50-50".

The House voted on Thursday night to keep the government open through mid-February but the legislation to prevent shutdown encountered obstacles in the Senate a few hours later.

The optics of being in Mar-a-Lago during a government shutdown would be awful, the official said, but so far the contingency plan being most discussed is delaying departure until Saturday. A flight advisory issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration said airspace would be restricted around Mar-a-Lago from 7:30 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday. That would be an indication the government is open, even if he signs the actual bill at a later time.