Back to the grind: President Trump comes back to a full plate as he, Melania and Barron return to the White House after a five-day retreat to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving
- President Trump, ?First Lady Melania and their son Barron headed back to the White House on Sunday night
- They had spent five days at Mar-A-Lago club in Palm Beach for Thanksgiving
- The trio waved to photographers as they walked across the South Lawn of the White House after touching back down in Washington, D.C.
- President Trump ignored reporters' questions on Roy Moore and tax reform?
- The first family had been soaking up the Florida sunshine since Tuesday but layered up before they disembarked from the aircraft
- ?Full plate awaits President Trump as he returns to his day job; he'll be on Capitol Hill this Tuesday to cheerlead tax reform
First lady Melania Trump and son Barron accompanied the president on the trip to Palm Beach, where President Trump owns a private resort, and they were with him on the South Lawn of the White House when he returned this evening.
The trio waved to photographers as they walked into the residence - Barron in a puffy jacket and the president in a long overcoat - continuing on as reporters shouted questions about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and the GOP's tax reform bill.?
President Trump comes back to a full plate at the White House after the five-day getaway to Mar-a-Lago. The deal-maker-in-chief is due back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a luncheon with lawmakers who will determine the fate of tax reform.
President Donald Trump headed back to the White House on Sunday night with Melania and Barron after spending several days in Florida for Thanksgiving
Trump was accompanied by the First Lady and their son Barron as they walked on the South Lawn of the White House on Sunday night
Trump has pledged to give Americans tax reform for Christmas and now has less than a month to make good on his promise.
House Republicans have already passed a bill, but it differs in critical areas from the legislation that's under consideration in the Senate.
The president will play cheerleader to Republicans in the upper chamber when he visits with them on their turf this week in his third trip to the Capitol building in the last five weeks.
Republicans have a razor-thin majority in the Senate and care spare a mere two votes, with Vice President Mike Pence playing tiebreaker, if the bill receives no support from Democrats, the route that is expected.
It remains unclear as to whether the ruling party will be able to satisfy enough of the dissenters, of which there are at least three, by the time the legislation is called to the floor.
GOP leaders and the White House are confident that Republicans can come to a tax overhaul compromise if the Senate is able to clear the first legislative hurdle, and that is where Trump, who favors parts of both bills, will direct his energy.
Trump and Pence will meet with members of the Senate Finance Committee at the White House tomorrow.
Lawmakers are also on deadline to pass a budget before the end of next week, or they'll be responsible for an inopportunely-timed government shutdown that hits just as the winter holidays are underway.
Funding for the government runs out on Friday, Dec. 8. Democrats in Congress are threatening to withhold their votes unless leadership allows a bill to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program onto the floor, as well.
'Let me tell you, I'm not prepared to go home for the holidays until we get our work done,' Democrat Dick Durbin, a top-ranking senator, told CNN on Sunday.
The first family, who have been soaking up the Florida sunshine since Tuesday, layered up before they disembarked from the aircraft
Melania was spotted leaving Palm Beach wearing a black long sleeve shirt and heeled boots but added a gray over-sized sweater to compensate for the chilly Washington weather
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Their son Barron also donned a warm, red and blue parker by the time they landed back in DC
The trio waved and smiled at photographers as they stepped off?Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham indicated in the same interview that he would be willing to throw his lot in with Democrats to establish a federal policy that protects illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from being deported.
'The way I look at the end-of-the-year bill, it is a chance to really do some good for the country as a whole,' he said, citing his concerns about inadequate funding for the Defense Department.
President Trump has said he wants comprehensive immigration reform that includes a check for his border wall and a transition to a merit-based arrival system or he won't consider legislation that comes his way.
Graham, who's been spending time with Trump recently, told CNN Sunday, 'There's a deal to be done.'
'For the DREAM Act, I think you could get strong border security and a break in chain migration. If you can put those three things together and put it on the end-of-the-year spending bill, that would be a heck of an accomplishment for 2017,' he said.
A third issue facing lawmakers is the $44 billion request the White House submitted for hurricane relief funds that would benefit Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other areas damaged by last summer's violent storms.
Conservatives would prefer to offset aid with spending cuts, pitting them against representatives from the affected areas who say the package is too small.?
Trump has pledged to give Americans tax reform for Christmas and now has less than a month to make good on his promise. He'll rally Senate Republicans on Tuesday on Capitol Hill
Trump and the GOP are also caught in an internal fight over Roy Moore (left) the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teens.?In a series of Sunday morning tweets Trump tore into the Democrat in the race, Doug Jones (right)
The president suggested last week, as he left the White House for Florida, that he could campaign for Moore, who he did not reference by name in his tweets on Sunday
Trump and the GOP are also caught in an internal fight over Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teens.
The president suggested last week, as he left the White House for Florida, that he could campaign for Moore.?
In a series of Sunday morning tweets Trump reminded that he endorsed Moore's opponent in the primary, appointed-senator Luther Strange, as he tore into the Democrat in the race, Doug Jones.
He did not refer to Moore by name in the take down of Jones yet suggested he'd be a better bet than 'Liberal Jones.'
'The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!' Trump said.
Also hitting home this week for the president are the special counsel interviews that have expanded to include his top aides, including Hope Hicks, his communications director.
Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer navigating the Department of Justice's Russia probe, has said that he expects senior White House officials like Hicks to complete their interviews shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.
A severance between the president's legal team and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's, plus the White House interviews, are seen as a sign that the investigation that's overseen by Robert Mueller may be wrapping up.
Melania was spotted leaving a sunny Palm Beach wearing a black long sleeve shirt, while Barron donned a white, short-sleeved polo
Before stepping off Air Force One, the first family donned some warmer attire to compensate for the chilly DC weather
The first family took a break from the constant drum beat of Washington from Tuesday to Sunday and soak up the Florida sunshine.???
Melania was spotted leaving Palm Beach wearing a black long sleeve shirt and heeled boots, which she added a gray, over-sized Acne sweater to by the time she landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to compensate for the?chilly Washington weather.
The Trump's son, Barron, also donned a warm coat over his white polo shirt when they landed back in D.C.
President Trump had earlier ended his Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-A-Lago the same way he began it - by playing a round of golf.?
The President arrived at his Trump International Golf Club on Sunday morning, just as he was tweeting about the Alabama Senate race.
He had played golf on Saturday with legend Jack Nicklaus. On Friday, he hit the links with with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon.
Trump visited various golf courses five days in a row over long, Thanksgiving holiday weekend.?
President Trump and Melania did visit members of the state's Coast Guard on Thursday where they served them Thanksgiving lunch?at their station in Riviera Beach before the president retreated to one of his golf courses. The president spoke to troops via video before that.
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