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Trump Won’t Leave DC Until Government Shutdown Averted

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump will remain in Washington D.C. until the Senate passes a short term spending bill to keep the government open, White House officials tell the press pool.

Trump was previously scheduled to depart for his property in Palm Beach, Florida at 4:30pm but now does not expect to depart until Saturday morning. The president is throwing a big gala at his vacation property in Florida to celebrate his one year anniversary as commander-in-chief.

The House of Representatives passed a short term spending bill late Thursday evening but it still must pass a final hurdle in the Senate. The spending bill will require bi-partisan support. The bill requires 60 votes to pass, with Republicans only guaranteeing 51 yays.

Democratic lawmakers have indicated they may shut the government down over the failure to reach an agreement on the future of Obama-era protections for illegal immigrants, known as the DACA program.

The president said Thursday a shutdown “could happen” and that if it were to happen, it would be the fault of the Democratic party.

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