The Morning Briefing: Made in America, Health Care Vote Delayed, Dept. of Ed Issues Smackdown

Good Monday Morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
  • In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.
  • The President will then meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
  • Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a Made in America product showcase.

It's "Made in America" week

The Trump administration will spend the week highlighting the president's domestic manufacturing agenda. On Monday, the president will showcase products manufactured in all 50 states.

“The week ahead is going to be a great opportunity to highlight and to celebrate American workers and American companies that are responsible for producing the goods marked ‘Made in America’ that are a gold standard throughout the world,” White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said Sunday.

New York will be represented by iconic piano manufacturer, Steinway & Sons. Founded in 1853 in New York City, Steinw​a​y will offer special financing deals for the rest of July on its pianos as part of the event. “There are only a handful of brands that have the kind of American legacy that Steinway has,” Ron Losby, CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments, said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Trump will issue a proclamation on the importance of making products in America. And on Saturday Trump will travel to Newport News, Va., for the commissioning of the new aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford.

One item that is also on the Trump agenda: tariffs to incentivize American companies to keep their manufacturing here in the U.S. “Everything is on the table,” a White House official said.

Hot mess in the Senate delayed after McCain surgery

The Senate will delay consideration of the latest healthcare bill iteration while Senator McCain recovers from a surgical procedure.

McConnell's decision amounted to another setback for GOP efforts, promoted by President Donald Trump, to repeal and replace "Obamacare" after years of promises. McConnell issued his statement late Saturday not long after McCain's office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, and had been advised by his doctors to stay in Arizona next week to recover.

The GOP senators don't have any votes to spare for their bill, so McCain is a necessary participant in the process of passing this hot mess.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," said McConnell, R-Ky. It was not clear when the Senate would take up the bill again.

"We wish Senator McCain a speedy recovery," White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said Sunday.