President Trump went to the Trump National Golf Club in the Virginia suburbs of Washington for a lunchtime meeting with to aides to talk about the economy, health care, and national security matters.
The White House Press Pool was escorted to what appeared to be the main clubhouse at 1:00 pm. After being led up some stairs, the pool was escorted into a dining room where the president was seated at a table for what he described as “part of a cabinet meeting” for lunch to discuss the military and other things.
Present at the table were White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his fiancée, sSecretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his wife and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and his wife.
“POTUS wanted to take some key members of his team out and have a working lunch to talk about the economy, some of the issues we’re dealing with,” Spicer said. “Homeland security, obviously — General Kelly is updating him on some of the steps he’s taking with respect to the executive order on immigration. They’re talking about healthcare and the repeal and replace effort and continuing strategy to work with Congress to see that forward.
The president said “the economy is doing very, very well,” adding, “We really had a mess and it’s getting straightened out.”
Trump said “Secret Service did a fantastic job last night” adding that “it was a troubled person” in relation to last night’s breach, in which an intruder with a backpack made it nearly to the South Portico of the White House.