4. The Congressional schedule and a government shutdown. Also standing in the way of quick action on any Trump legislative agenda items is the schedule for Congress, which will be in session next week, and then take two weeks off for an Easter break. Once lawmakers return on April 17, they will have eight scheduled legislative business days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown on April 28. April 29 will mark the 100th day of President Trump's time in office; Republicans don't want to have to mark that day with a government that is not open for business. We could well repeat the whole government shutdown threat at the end of September as well. It will be interesting to see how the President handles that, plus the need to raise the debt limit later this year.
5. White House notes renaming of VA clinic - in Pago Pago. During Friday's White House briefing, something from Press Secretary Sean Spicer caught my ear, as he was rattling off bills that the President would be signing. Most of the new laws approved so far by Mr. Trump have been special resolutions that repeal certain rules and regulations of the Obama Administration - but this one was much more limited, as Spicer noted, "H.R. 1362, naming a VA outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa." That clinic was renamed for the late delegate Eni Faleomavaega, who died recently - he was a popular personality in the House for many years. But let's get down to business - VA clinics in Pago Pago weren't at the top of the Trump Legislative Agenda, and probably wasn't something you thought you would hear mentioned at the White House Briefing.
6. Continued signs of White House friction with some GOP lawmakers. This last week, President Trump used Twitter to take multiple jabs at the House Freedom Caucus, and several specific Republicans in the Congress, urging them to get on board with his agenda, including the GOP health care bill. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) said it was made plain to him that the President would try to knock him out of office in 2018. And then there was a top Trump aide who urged a primary challenger in 2018 for Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI). One thing I noticed in the hallways of Congress in recent weeks is those type of threats don't scare more conservative GOP lawmakers.
Yes, it's still early for President Trump. There are other agenda items like a big infrastructure package for roads and bridges, which is also not even on the table yet - as it is not obvious when he will be able to celebrate a big legislative success in Congress.
And like in sports, momentum is always important in politics.