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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Members of Congress will return to Washington next week to confront a government shutdown deadline and a White House eager to notch some legislative victories, especially on health care.

The most pressing business is government funding: The House and Senate have until midnight Friday to cut a trillion-dollar spending deal to prevent a partial government shutdown on President Trump's 100th day in office.

While bipartisan negotiations continue on Capitol Hill, Trump is driving a hard bargain, insisting on money to begin construction on a border wall and boost defense spending.

Democrats insist they won't support a downpayment on the Southwest border wall, and are pushing back against Trump's threat of stopping key federal subsidy payments to health insurers under Obamacare.

Sources close to negotiations expect Congress to pass a short-term funding measure -– anywhere between one and three weeks -- to give appropriators more time to finalize a larger spending deal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September.

Beyond keeping the government's lights on, Republicans, encouraged by the White House, are still hoping to revive the GOP health care bill that was pulled from the House floor roughly a month ago.

Moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-New Jersey, has floated a proposed amendment that would give states the ability to request to opt out of certain Obamacare regulations while making essential health benefits –- the requirement that all plans cover things like prescription drugs and mental health services -– the federal standard.

Members are waiting to review legislative text for the proposal, and a vote could come midweek after members return to Washington on Tuesday.

Despite pressure from the White House to put points on the board ahead of Trump's 100th day in office, it's not clear that the underlying political dynamics that sank the health care bill initially have changed, and that the amended version could garner 216 votes on the House floor.

In a conference call with members Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said legislative language for the MacArthur amendment is being finalized, according to a GOP source on the call.

He made clear that there will be a vote only when it's clear the bill has enough support, and that votes will drive the timing, according to the source.

Additionally, Trump has said that starting "next week" he will be unveiling his tax reform package with "massive" tax cuts for all Americans.

"It really formally begins on Wednesday," he told reporters on Friday.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said in a statement that his committee is "ready to work" with the White House, although it's not clear what exactly will materialize next week.

The White House and Republicans also have their sights on the Dodd-Frank Act signed by President Obama following the 2008 financial crisis. The House Financial Services Committee is holding a hearing this week on a GOP replacement to the law.

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Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump made his first visit as president to Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday, awarding the Purple Heart to Army Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos.

"I heard about this and I wanted to do it myself," the president said before pinning the Purple Heart on Barrientos in a small ceremony at the military hospital facility also known as "The President's Hospital."

"Congratulations on behalf of Melania, myself, and the entire nation," the president told Barrientos, with the first lady and Barrientos' wife standing nearby. "Tremendous job."

Barrientos received the medal for wounds he received last month in Afghanistan. The injury resulted in the amputation of part of his right leg.

Following the ceremony, the president and first lady spent time away from cameras privately greeting other wounded warriors recovering at the medical facility.

The president announced his visit to Walter Reed shortly before departing the White House, saying in a tweet that he was "looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans!"

Getting ready to visit Walter Reed Medical Center with Melania. Looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017

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wellphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump, who previously announced that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner next Saturday night, said today that he will instead hold a rally for supporters that night in Pennsylvania.

The president announced the rally in a tweet on Saturday.

Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017

The rally will take place at 7:30 p.m. the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the president's absence at the correspondents dinner, no members of the White House staff are planning to attend either.

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Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was removed from his post by the Trump administration and has been replaced temporarily by his deputy.

Murthy, an appointee of former President Obama, announced on Friday that he resigned.

A Department of Health and Human Services Spokesperson Alleigh Marré said in a statement to ABC News on Saturday that he was asked to step down.

"Dr. Murthy, the leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration," said Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Alleigh Marré in the statement.

The statement continued, "Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps. Secretary [Tom] Price thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation,"

Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, a nurse who served as Murthy's deputy, will serve as the acting Surgeon General, according to the statement.

Murthy, a physician, began serving in the post in December 2014.

He wrote in a Facebook post announcing his departure, "While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served."

He continued, "For the grandson of a poor farmer from India to be asked by the president to look out for the health of an entire nation was a humbling and uniquely American story. I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve."

"As my colleague Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams takes over as acting Surgeon General, know that our nation is in capable and compassionate hands," Murthy wrote.

As of Friday evening, Trent-Adams' photo had replaced Murthy's on the surgeon general's Twitter and Facebook pages, and her biography on the Surgeon General's website cited her new title.

In addition to her duties as deputy Surgeon General, Trent-Adams also served as the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, Trent-Adams was the deputy associate administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.

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Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The House Intelligence Committee has invited a number of former senior Obama administration officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, to testify before the panel in a public setting, the latest indication that the committee is working to put its Russia investigation back on track after Chairman Devin Nunes stepped away from the probe.

In a pair of letters, ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), and Rep. Mike Conaway, (R-Texas), invited FBI Director Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency to testify behind closed doors on May 2, and requested former CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Yates to appear in public before the panel at a later date.

Nunes withdrew from the committee’s broad investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as he faced a series of ethics complaints charging that he revealed classified information without authorization.

The California Republican has disputed the allegations, which were made after he announced that Trump campaign associates may have been picked up "incidentally in intelligence surveillance of foreign targets."

Several White House officials played a role in revealing the documents behind Nunes’s announcement, which he viewed on White House grounds the day before his comments.

The disclosure, and calls for his recusal, had stopped the committee’s work in its tracks several weeks ago.

As they return to Washington next week, Democrats and Republicans on the secretive panel hope to keep their heads down and conduct their investigation without political distractions.

"Let’s just get back to work," said Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-Ill.), in an interview after his trip to Cyprus to review Russian money laundering as part of the committee’s investigation. "There’s hopeful optimism that we get this back on track."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his recent comments about Hawaii that have been criticized by many as offensive or, at best, insensitive.

His reference this week to the state as “an island in the Pacific” when discussing the judge who blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban was not meant as criticism of the “judge or the island,” he told CNN Friday.

When asked whether he wished he had phrased his words differently, Sessions said, “Well, I don’t know that I said anything that I would want to phrase differently. Ah, no.”

The controversy started Tuesday when Sessions called into conservative radio host Mark Levin’s show to say, “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president from the United States what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”

Sessions was referring to U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who in March issued a nationwide restraining order on President Trump’s revised executive order that calls for suspending the entire refugee program for 120 days and halting immigration from six countries in the Middle East and Africa for 90 days.

Sessions’ comments prompted backlash from Hawaii’s senators and one of its representatives who are all Democrats.

“The suggestion that being from Hawaii somehow disqualifies Judge Watson from performing his Constitutional duty is dangerous, ignorant, and prejudiced," Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said in a statement Thursday. "I am frankly dumbfounded that our nation’s top lawyer would attack our independent judiciary. But we shouldn’t be surprised. This is just the latest in the Trump Administration’s attacks against the very tenets of our Constitution and democracy.”

The other Democratic senator representing Hawaii, Brian Schatz, also tweeted Thursday, “Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge.” As a Republican U.S. senator representing Alabama, Sessions did indeed vote “yea” on Watson’s confirmation. Watson was confirmed 94-0 on April 18, 2013, after been nominated by President Obama.

Referring to the part of Hawaii where Watson issued the order from, Schatz added, “And that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect.”

Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect. https://t.co/sW9z3vqBqG

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017

State of Hawaii has many islands, not one island. We have around 1.5 m people. Island of Hawaii has 186,000 people. Please use the google. https://t.co/aoZewx7jzT

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tweeted that Sessions’ comments are "another reason Sessions should step down."

Amazed @USAGSessions doesn’t know Hawaii is a State, not just an "#IslandinthePacific." Another reason Sessions should step down.

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 20, 2017

In responding to the criticism, a spokesman from the Department of Justice said in a statement that “Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific – a beautiful one where the Attorney General’s granddaughter was born.”

“The point, however, is that there is a problem when a flawed opinion by a single judge can block the President’s lawful exercise of authority to keep the entire country safe,” the statement continued.

The attorney general himself responded to the backlash Friday during the interview with CNN.

“We're going to defend the president’s order,” Sessions said. “We believe it's constitutional. We believe there is specific statutory authority for everything in that order that he did and he has a right to do and protect this country.”

In an op-ed for CNN, Sen. Hirono wrote that, “In spite of the Justice Department's attempt to walk back the attorney general's comments, his words reflect this administration's discriminatory attitude.”

Sen. Schatz also seemed to be unsatisfied with the Department of Justice’s statement.

"Try: 'I'm sorry. That was offensive. I disagree with the ruling, but I respect the judiciary and shouldn't have taken such a cheap shot,'" Schatz tweeted.

Try: "I'm sorry. That was offensive. I disagree with the ruling, but I respect the judiciary and shouldn't have taken such a cheap shot." https://t.co/aoZewx7jzT

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017

In his interview on the “Mark Levin Show,” Sessions also said that the “very, very liberal 9th circuit,” which includes Hawaii, -has been “hostile to the order.”

“I think our president - having seen some of these really interpretations of the executive orders that he’s put out - I think he’s more understanding now that we need judges who follow the law, not make law,” Sessions said.

“Judges don't get to psychoanalyze the president and see if the law, the order he’s issued is lawful. It’s either lawful or it’s not.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump had an undisclosed rendezvous with two former Colombian presidents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last week, and in the process injected himself into a contentious political battle over Colombia’s peace deal that seeks to end the Western hemisphere’s longest-running war.

The previously undisclosed encounter was confirmed today by the White House, with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ saying that former Presidents Andrés Pastrana and Álvaro Uribe “were there with a member from the club and briefly said hello when the president walked past them.”

“There wasn’t anything beyond a quick hello,” Sanders said.

She declined to answer why the meeting was not publicly disclosed. It’s unclear when it occurred.

Asked about the meeting during the daily White House press briefing Wednesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “I don't have anything for you at this time.”

The encounter came to light last Friday when Pastrana tweeted, “Thank you to @POTUS @realDonaldTrump for the cordial and very frank conversation about problems and perspectives of Colombia and the region.”

Gracias a @POTUS @realDonaldTrump por la cordial y muy franca conversación sobre problemas y perspectivas de Colombia y la región.

— Andrés Pastrana A (@AndresPastrana_) April 15, 2017

Uribe and Pastrana are strong critics of a historic peace deal recently struck between Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels and the Colombian government, a strong U.S. ally in South America.

The two former presidents are also harsh critics of sitting President Juan Manuel Santos -- an architect of the peace deal -- who is expected to meet with Trump next month.

Santos’ spokeswoman declined to comment on Trump’s encounter with the former presidents when asked by ABC News.

Trump spoke by phone with Santos in February. “Both Presidents discussed U.S. support for Colombia's effort to create a just and lasting peace in its 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),” the White House said at the time.

According to a VOA News article from the time, citing Santos’ aides, Santos asked Trump on the call for support in getting the U.S. congress to approve funding that would help facilitate the peace process.

The Obama Administration strongly supported the Colombian government’s efforts during the peace deal negotiations.

Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work on the peace deal.

Conflict between the Colombian government and the marxist FARC rebels has dragged on in varying intensity for more than 50 years. Estimates put the death toll at more than 220,000 people.

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Al Bello/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Former President George H.W. Bush's spokesman Friday disclosed that Bush was hospitalized after the Super Bowl earlier this year, making his most recent hospitalization the third since the start of the year.

Bush, who was hospitalized in January for 12 days after contracting pneumonia, had recovered enough to toss the coin for the Super Bowl held in Houston, Texas, Feb. 5. The former president was then hospitalized after the event, which was not disclosed at the time.

His staff did not announce that hospitalization until Friday, without clarifying why Bush, 92, needed medical attention.

The former president's January case of pneumonia was severe enough to require ventilation in the intensive care unit to help him recover. He and his wife, Barbara Bush, who was hospitalized around the same time for bronchitis, missed President Trump's inauguration because of the illness.

More recently, his staff announced that he was hospitalized last Friday "for observation due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest. It was subsequently determined he had a mild case of pneumonia, which was treated and has been resolved."

He tweeted a picture of himself at the hospital Thursday joined by his son former President George W. Bush.

Big morale boost from a high level delegation. No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder. pic.twitter.com/ekX4VyG2aO

— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) April 20, 2017

George W. Bush wrote on his Instagram account Thursday that his father looked "strong" and "ready to come home soon."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  President Trump tweeted this morning that the Paris attack that left one police officer dead and two others wounded "will have a big effect" on the upcoming French presidential election.

"The people of France will not take much more of this," he added.

Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017

ISIS claimed that the attacker, whom police killed in a gunfight but have not publicly identified, was "one of the fighters for the Islamic State."

A terrorism investigation into the attack had been opened, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. French President François Hollande said that the leads so far indicate the attack was of a "terrorist nature."

Trump offered condolences to France and called the attack "a terrible thing" during a joint news conference Thursday with the Italian prime minister at the White House.

"It is a very, very terrible thing that's going on in the world today but it looks like another terrorist attack," Trump said Thursday afternoon before ISIS later claimed responsibility.

"What can you say? Just never ends," Trump said. "We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I have been saying it for a long time."

French voters head to the polls Sunday for the first round of voting. There are 11 candidates in the running, including far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron.

Trump has only commented briefly on the presidential race in an interview with the Financial Times early this month. Le Pen has been caricatured as the French equivalent of Trump both because of her nationalist positions and perceived underdog status in the race.

"I don’t know what is going to happen," Trump said. "I know that some outside distractions have taken place which have changed that race."

Trump did not elaborate on what he meant by "outside distractions."

During the campaign, Trump notably seized on terror attacks as evidence that his warnings about the dangers of “radical Islamic terrorism” were validated.

After the 2015 San Bernardino, California, attack, Trump announced a proposed "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," a statement that has since haunted his administration as it attempted to institute a ban on immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.

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Twitter/@GeorgeHWBush(NEW YORK) -- George H.W. Bush may be recovering from a mild case of pneumonia in a Houston hospital, but it hasn't dampened his affinity for sharing personal moments on social media.

The former president, 92, tweeted a photo Thursday with one of his visitors at Houston Methodist Hospital: His son, and fellow former president, George W. Bush.

"Big morale boost from a high level delegation," wrote the elder Bush. "No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder."

Big morale boost from a high level delegation. No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder. pic.twitter.com/ekX4VyG2aO

— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) April 20, 2017

And the younger Bush posted the photo to his Instagram account, writing, "Pleased to report that 41 is joyful, strong, and ready to come home soon."

On Tuesday, the former president's office said in a statement that he was hospitalized last Friday "for observation due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest. It was subsequently determined he had a mild case of pneumonia, which was treated and has been resolved."

The statement added, "President Bush is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength."

And on Thursday, his spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted, "No change in President @GeorgeHWBush's condition to report today. He will remain at @MethodistHosp this evening."

This is the second time this year he's been hospitalized. In January, he missed President Donald Trump's inauguration because of a 12-day hospitalization for shortness of breath and pneumonia. During that stay, his wife, Barbara Bush, was also hospitalized for bronchitis.

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Rick Friedman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two weeks after defending former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, calling him "a good person," President Trump is offering an ambassadorship to a different man mentioned in a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Fox News.

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is also a former Fox News contributor, will be nominated as the ambassador to New Zealand, the White House said on Thursday.

The nomination comes after Brown, a Republican, campaigned for Trump in the general election and aggressively lobbied to become secretary of veterans affairs.

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros alleged in a lawsuit last August that Brown made several sexually inappropriate comments to her on set: among them, that she "would be fun to go to a nightclub with," which she said was delivered "in a suggestive manner."

He also allegedly crept up behind Tantaros in the cafeteria and touched her lower waist, causing her to pull away and tell him to stop, she said.

The allegations were part of a suit Tantaros brought against Fox News and its former chairman Roger Ailes, for what she called "a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny." Brown was not named as a defendant.

Brown, who requires Senate confirmation, did not immediately respond to ABC News’s request for comment. But he has emphatically denied the accusations in the past, tweeting last summer that "as a survivor of sexual abuse, I would never perpetuate language or actions as described in Fox complaint. Actions referenced are fabricated."

In his 2011 autobiography "Against All Odds," Brown wrote that he was abused by a camp counselor as a child.

As a survivor of sexual abuse, I would never perpetuate language or actions as described in FOX complaint. Actions referenced are fabricated

— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) August 23, 2016

His nomination comes less than 24 hours after Fox announced it was parting ways with O’Reilly, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations and questions about company culture. The company cut ties with Roger Ailes after he was alleged to have solicited sex from subordinates. Both men have denied the allegations.

In both cases, President Trump has offered words of public support. In July on NBC’s "Meet the Press," he called Ailes "a very, very good person." Sitting in the Oval Office April 5, he told The New York Times, "I don’t think Bill did anything wrong."

After Trump nominated Brown for the ambassadorship, he received congratulations from both sides of the aisle.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who succeeded Brown, 57, as the senator from Massachusetts, said on Twitter, "You have my support & I'm sure you'll make the people of MA proud."

Congrats @SenScottBrown on your nomination for New Zealand Ambassador! You have my support & I'm sure you'll make the people of MA proud.

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 20, 2017

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tomwachs/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A record-breaking $107 million poured in for President Trump’s inauguration celebration from corporate giants, business titans and a roster of NFL owners, raising new questions about the influence of money in politics.

On Tuesday, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), an organization appointed by the President-elect to plan and coordinate all inauguration activities, filed a 510-page report with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) to disclose that they had raised a staggering $106.7 million in donations -- the most ever raised for a president’s inauguration.

In a statement, the inaugural committee said Trump's inauguration "was one of the most accessible and affordable inaugurations for the public in recent history."

The release of the contribution records reveals that Trump’s top inaugural donors included business leaders and corporations, including several from the financial, energy, and technology sector that have business dealings with the U.S. government.

"This is the complete opposite of what candidate Trump campaigned on, where he attacked these huge corporations, made clear they could buy politicians because he had done so, and is the political equivalent of overflowing the swamp not draining it," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works on money in politics and government reform issues.

He added that the report shows that Trump appears to have raised "influence money," despite his campaign promises to avoid special interests.

The White House did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment

Businesses that donated at least $1 million included Boeing, Dow Chemical, Pfizer and Bank of America. Other financial companies like JPMorgan Chase and American Financial Group gave $500,000 each.

Energy companies also contributed heavily. Chevron Products, Exxon and Citgo each donated more than $500,000.

The owners of NFL teams the New England Patriots, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins all wrote $1 million checks for Trump’s inauguration.

Trump’s largest donor was gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who gave $5 million.

The FEC requires reporting of individual donations, in money or items, with a value of $200 or more made to inaugural committees. However, where the money was spent and how it was used is still a mystery since the FEC does not require that information to be reported.

The big-money donations appear to counter Trump's own statements. In August of last year, Trump railed against big-money donors who seek to curry favor with elected politicians.

"Look, I know the people that want something. I’ve been doing this all my life. I’ve been a very big contributor to many, many people on all sides for many, many years," Trump stated on CBS’s "Face the Nation." "I don’t want lobbyists. I don’t want special interests.”

According to a brochure obtained by the Center For Public Integrity last year, those who donated more than $1 million received exclusive access to Cabinet appointees and House and Senate leadership; an invite to an "intimate dinner" with Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Pence and tickets to other exclusive events with appearances by the First Family.

Trump’s inaugural committee raised nearly double the $53 million President Obama’s inaugural committee raised in 2009.

"The amount of funds raised for the inaugural celebration allowed the President to give the American people, those both at home and visiting Washington, a chance to experience the incredible moment in our democracy where we witness the peaceful transition of power, a cornerstone of American democracy," said PIC Chairman Tom Barrack in a press release Tuesday.

On Wednesday during the White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called record-smashing donating “nonpartisan activity.”

"I think a lot of Americans and companies and entities are proud to support the inaugural," he said. "And I think that you’ve seen that over time, the people who have been -- there are a lot of people who really take pride in helping us show the world a peaceful transformation of power."

The committee said that any leftover money will be donated to charities to be decided upon and announced at a later date.

Wertheimer said the undisclosed amount of funds could be a "pot of secret money for President Trump to play with," if the total is taxed.

"There are no rules that apply to what can happen to this money," Wertheimer said. "There is nothing to prevent this secret money from being turned into personal use by someone as long as they pay income taxes on it."

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TasfotoNL/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said today that Iran is "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal signed in 2015 under President Obama, just two days after Trump's administration reported that Iran was complying with the requirements laid out in the landmark agreement.

Trump made the remarks at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Thursday after he was asked if he had "reason to suspect that [Iran is] cheating" on the deal. On Tuesday the administration notified Congress that Iran was continuing to comply with the terms of the deal, a notice that must be given every 90 days.

Iran signed the agreement, formally titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2015 along with the United States and members of the United Nations Security Council.

"I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed," said Trump, adding "we're analyzing it very, very carefully and we'll have something to say about it in the not-too-distance future."

Trump did not give any additional details about Iran's adherence to the pact.

The agreement puts limits on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions that for years crippled Iran's economy.

As part of Tuesday's letter to Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed to review the JCPOA and determine whether it is "vital" to the U.S.'s "national security interests." Tillerson repeated the stance at a Wednesday press conference, warning that Iranian nuclear ambitions could emulate those of North Korea.

"An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it," said Tillerson Wednesday.

Trump said on Thursday that the deal "shouldn't have been signed," and added that "I'm all for agreements, but that was a bad one -- as bad as I've seen negotiated."

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Andrey/Popov/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is about to come face-to-face with an old rival from the campaign trail.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump berated multiple times during his campaign, will preside over a lawsuit brought on behalf of a 23-year-old undocumented immigrant.

Juan Manuel Montes says he should have been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which shields undocumented immigrants brought the United States as children, but was deported to Mexico in February. Curiel was assigned to hear the case.

Trump has attacked Curiel multiple times over the last year. During Trump’s campaign for president, Curiel presided over two of the three lawsuits involving the now-defunct Trump University.

Trump told Fox News in February that Curiel had been "extremely hostile" toward him, and alleged with no evidence that Curiel was biased against him because of Trump’s political positions on immigration.

"I think it has to do with, perhaps, the fact that I'm very, very strong on the border -- very, very strong on the border," Trump said at the time. "He has been extremely hostile to me. Now, he is Hispanic, I believe."

Pressure on Trump continued to mount after his comments. In an interview with CNN in June, Trump doubled down on his criticism of Curiel, who was born and raised in Indiana, saying that his comments were not racist. "He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico."

Trump also used a campaign rally in San Diego, where Judge Curiel serves, to further attack the judge.

"I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater," Trump said last May. "His name is Gonzalo Curiel and he is not doing the right thing."

He went on to say that he believed Curiel was showing bias and that he "happens to be, we believe, Mexican."

Speaker Paul Ryan criticized Trump’s comments at the time as "sort of like the textbook definition of racism" and said he disavowed the remarks.

Trump later walked back his comments, saying they were "misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage" in a statement. "I do not feel that one's heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial."

Curiel has since approved a $25 million settlement deal, which provides compensation to more than 6,000 former students.

Judge Curiel was appointed by President Obama in 2012 to serve on the U.S. District Court in Southern California. He previously served on the San Diego County Superior Court and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Trump hasn’t hesitated to attack other members of the federal judiciary since then, blasting members of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after they struck down his travel ban from Muslim-majority countries as unconstitutional.

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Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans, who have spent the last two weeks quietly negotiating a GOP health care proposal, floated Wednesday a carefully-crafted amendment to the bill that failed several weeks ago that some now say could be the key to getting the measure passed

The proposed amendment comes from moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who has led talks on tweaking the health care bill with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows. It would make essential health benefits - requiring plans to cover things like prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health services - the federal standard, but offer limited waivers to states that want to do things differently and can prove that doing so would lower the cost of health care or increase coverage.

States could also apply for limited waivers from the community rating provision of Obamacare -- which requires insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions -- as long as those states create and fund a high-risk coverage pool for affected consumers.

The waiver would effectively undermine Obamacare's pre-existing conditions mandate, according to health care experts, because it would nullify the requirement that insurers offer coverage in a given area at the same price, regardless of health status.

With the 100-day mark of the Trump administration on the horizon, the White House is eager for a legislative victory on health care.

Senior White House aides and Vice President Mike Pence led talks with House Republicans on Capitol Hill two weeks ago that laid the groundwork for the new proposed amendment.

One administration official said the White House has been angling for a possible vote next week, but said nothing was set in stone.

But on Capitol Hill, there is no indication that the legislative dynamics have shifted since the GOP health care bill was pulled from the floor last month. The proposal has not been finalized, and does not yet have the approval of GOP leaders, who remain focused on re-upping government funding before it runs out next Friday.

Asked Thursday if he wants to see the House pass the GOP health care bill or pass a measure to fund the government and prevent a partial shutdown next week, President Trump said "both."

"We're doing very well on health care," Trump said in news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

"We have a good chance of getting it soon," he said. "I would like to say next week, but it will be ... I believe we will get it, and whether it is next week or shortly thereafter."

Asked if a vote on the health care bill is imminent, a senior House GOP aide said "definitely not by Wednesday."

While members had not seen legislative text for the new proposal as of Thursday afternoon, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus that largely opposed the first version of the GOP health care bill, said in an interview that the proposed amendment “looks very promising” to his caucus.

“I think it’s doable,” he said of a vote. “It would tee up the budget process and tax reform and it’s very needed.”

A House Republican source said it’s unlikely the measure will attract any new support from the moderate wing of the House Republican conference. If anything, additional moderate members could pull support for the bill given the implications for coverage of pre-existing conditions.

House Republicans have a conference call scheduled for Saturday where members will be briefed on the latest health care and government funding developments. Members return to Washington next Tuesday, and have until Friday night to pass a funding measure and avert a government shutdown.

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