TrumpWatch Daily Update; Week 15, Monday
The first 100 days of the Trump administration have come and gone, and President Trump has lost one more time in an ongoing series of losses and disappointments. Over the weekend, Congress agreed on a way to keep the government running through September. The deal hasn’t yet been voted on, but will apparently include additional spending for the military and for border security but will not include funds for the wall that Trump vowed would be built at Mexico’s expense. In addition to these expenses, Congress plans to allocate more than $120M to help cover the escalating costs of protecting the first family and Trump Tower. Nearly $60M is for the Secret Service, but the other $60M reimburse localities, like New York City and Palm Beach County in Florida, that have incurred “extraordinary law enforcement personnel costs” associated with protecting Mr. Trump’s residences since Election Day.

In interviews this weekend, Trump continued to insist on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and made a series of promises that aren’t factually accurate. In at least one interview, he seemed not to know key details about various compromises and amendments that House Republicans have been floating to try to revive the Trump/Ryan bill that was so unpopular it couldn’t be brought to a vote.

Trump had a "very friendly" call on Saturday with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, in which Trump invited Duterte to visit the White House. Duterte is yet another authoritarian leader to be embraced by Trump; he has been accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of several thousand drug suspects. After the election, Trump spoke with Duterte and the strongman later said that Trump congratulated him on his anti-drug campaign. On Monday, Trump followed up his controversial comments about Duterte by saying that he would be “honored” to meet with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, “under the right circumstances.” Trump has praised Kim in the past, as he has with most dictators, but lately he has taken a harsher tone regarding North Korea.