President Donald Trump had dinner Saturday at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. with retired Gen. John Kelly, just one day after the White House announced that the outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security would replace Reince Preibus as the White House chief of staff.
Joining Trump and Kelly at the hotel — located less than a mile from The White House — was Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Also present were Mnuchin’s wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, and Ross’ wife, Hilary Geary.
The president arrived at the luxury hotel around 8 p.m., and left after about two hours. Once inside the hotel, he was met by a throng of people snapping photos of him on their smartphones. As he departed the hotel, Trump waved to onlookers, many of whom cheered.
Social media users inside the hotel posted photos of the presidential posse sitting in a banquette at the property’s steakhouse, BLT Prime by David Burke. In one photo, Trump is seated next to Kelly and Linton.
Prior to arriving at the hotel, Mnuchin, Ross and their wives were spotted at the South Portico of the White House waiting for the president.
–ABC News, David Caplan
10:00 am: Receives the daily intelligence briefing
10:45 am: Hosts a CEO town hall on the American business climate; Eisenhower Executive Office Building – South Court Auditorium
12:30 pm: Makes remarks at the 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference; Washington
3:00 pm: Meets with EPA Administrator Pruitt
4:00 pm: Meets with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin
4:45 pm: Meets with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
5:15 pm: Meets with Governor Ralph Torres of the Northern Mariana Islands
President Trump on Thursday met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about tax reform, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, as the White House enters its “first stages” of tackling the issue.
Trump has said he wants to shift his focus to tax reform after efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare stalled. The president’s goal is cutting taxes for businesses and middle-class families.
Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and others in the White House “have been meeting with and hearing from stakeholders on all sides of the tax-reform debate,” Spicer said.
Trump and his advisers “will continue to meet with those who support and oppose the various the policy options as they all sit on the table,because the president is committed to delivering results that the American people and American businesses will be able to see and feel in their paychecks,” he added.
10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
11:00 am: Meets with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin
Noon: Hosts a legislative affairs strategy lunch on opioid and drug abuse
3:00 pm: Meets with Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark
10:15 am || Holds a National Economic Council meeting
11:00 am || Meets with Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge and Texas Governor Greg Abbott
12:30 pm || Lunch with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin; Presidential Dining Room
2:20 pm || Hosts a Greek Independence Day celebration; East Room
4:00 pm || Meets with Medal of Honor recipients; Roosevelt Room