According to the Daily Beast, sources claim the president began expressing his frustration about the shutdown’s potential effect on his trip to Mar-a-Lago, where he intended to celebrate his inauguration anniversary at a fancy-shmancy gala Saturday night.
Per the Daily Beast:
Two sources close to the president, one a White House official and the other a longtime confidant, told The Daily Beast how excited he was for the event and relayed his growing concern that the potential failure to strike a deal to keep the federal government open could keep him from “my party,” as the president has said.
Democratic Coalition co-founder Scott Dworkin claimed he received similar reports from “people close to the White House.”
The White House confirmed Saturday that Trump’s long-planned trip to Mar-a-Lago was canceled in light of the government shutdown; however, administration officials who spoke to the Daily Beast claimed the shutdown “would not necessarily impede the president’s travel plans to Mar-a-Lago or elsewhere.” One official told CNN the White House decided to scrap the trip because they feared it would be a bad look for POTUS.
The news outlet reports the gala, which will raise money for the re-election campaign and the RNC, will go on without the president Saturday night. Tickets for the event are going for $100,000. Trump’ son, Eric, will reportedly replace his father as the guest of honor.