The Morning Briefing: Trump Continues Tax Reform Crusade and Much, Much More

Good Wednesday Morning.

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

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
  • The President will then meet with the Domestic Policy Council.
  • Later in the morning, the President will meet with Senator Tim Scott.
  • In the afternoon, the President will participate in a bipartisan meeting.

Trump to meet with "moderates" on tax reform, DACA

The President continues his tax reform crusade with a meeting on Wednesday with a group of "moderates." The meeting comes on the heels of a White House dinner yesterday with an electorally fragile crew of Democratic senators.

Tax reform will be among the issues discussed. Multiple House Republican sources told POLITICO that House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady would lead a conference-wide meeting Wednesday afternoon on changing the tax system. The meeting is the beginning of an effort to whip Republicans on tax reform, though a budget resolution to serve as a vehicle for tax reform must first be passed.

Members at the White House meeting are also expected to talk with Trump about a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to two sources. Trump has sent public and private signals in recent days that he’s open to a deal on Dreamers — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — even one that doesn’t include funding for a wall along the Mexican border as long as there are some border-security provisions attached.

House passes resolution condemning white supremacists

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that condemns white supremacy and urges the President to join in the condemnation.

Trump has already done this but perhaps there isn't much other business in front of the House?

The bipartisan resolution now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature, making it the first formal response by Congress to the violence that broke out during a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

Is there a forthcoming resolution condemning the year-long AntiFa violence targeting free speech supporters?

"Tonight the House passed my resolution condemning hate groups & the Charlottesville attack. POTUS should sign a clear message & sign it ASAP," tweeted Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA.)

The resolution “rejects white nationalism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”

Berkeley says "Free Speech Week" in doubt

Politico reports that conservative-led "free speech" week is in doubt because the group "has repeatedly failed to comply with requests to facilitate" the event.

UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor for communications Dan Mogulof told POLITICO Tuesday that the student organization Berkeley Patriot — whose membership is estimated by Mogulof at between 5-10 members — “still has not completed the critical steps” necessary to arrange venues for the events it announced with fanfare last month.

The conservative students' group had said it planned speeches from Sept. 24-27 at Sproul Plaza, Zellerbach Hall and other major locations on campus, but it has failed to provide requested information needed to provide security for the events, “nor has it confirmed the list of speakers and when they intend to schedule events with those speakers,’’ Mogulof said.