President Donald Trump plans to file a disclosure shortly that will detail his assets and liabilities over the past year, a voluntary move that follows the practice of his most recent predecessors. A White House official said Monday night that Trump will submit a personal financial disclosure covering the 2016 calendar year “in a short period of time,” confirming a report by the Associated Press. Because the form only requires officials to report wide ranges of income and debt, it is impossible to use it to precisely gauge someone’s net worth. The report also does not require officials to report their exact income or tax rate or charitable giving — unlike a tax return, which the president has refused to release.
The president will sit down with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday — and it’s likely to be awkward. The White House meeting comes a week after Trump signed off on a plan, vehemently opposed by Turkey, that authorizes directly arming Syrian Kurds in the fight to take back the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. The decision, announced before Erdogan had a chance to make his case in person, is setting the two allies on a collision course after months of rising tensions.
The Justice Department official overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign will brief the full Senate in a classified hearing Thursday. The meeting between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and 100 U.S. senators is certain to be contentious as Democrats and a few Republicans seek answers to Rosenstein’s role in Trump’s decision last week to fire FBI Director James Comey.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary whose combative briefings have turned him into a national celebrity, is being promoted as the main draw at a fundraiser on Thursday night to benefit the Republican Party of Virginia. The event is slated to take place at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling — frequent destination for the president when he sticks around the Washington area on weekends.
Senate negotiators, meeting stiff resistance to the House’s plans to cut the scope and reach of Medicaid, are discussing a compromise that would maintain the program’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act but still subject that larger version of Medicaid to new spending limits. With 62 senators, including 20 Republicans, coming from states that have expanded Medicaid under the ACA, the House bill almost certainly cannot pass the Senate.