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Today in Trumpworld — Feb. 27

Written by Lisa

TRUMP’S SCHEDULE:

9:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump will drop in on the National Governors Association meeting in the White House’s State Dining Room.

10:30 a.m.: Trump will lead a listening session with health insurance company CEOs.

12:30 p.m.: Trump will lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Presidential Dining Room.

2:30 p.m.: Trump will meet with Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in the Oval Office.

3:15 p.m.: Trump meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Oval Office.

6:30 p.m.: Trump dines with regional press affiliates in the State Dining Room.

OTHER HAPPENINGS: Pence will join Trump at the NGA meeting, the health care meeting and the get-together with Ryan and McConnell, and will host a legislative affairs reception Monday night. Sean Spicer will brief the press at 1:30 p.m.

BREAKING LAST NIGHT:From AP’s Julie Pace: “President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress. That’s according to a senior administration official. Trump initially planned to sign the new order last week, but spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was holding off ‘to make sure that when we execute this, it’s done in a manner that’s flawless.’”

TRUMP’S FIRST BUDGET COMING SOON:From POLITICO’s Shane Goldmacher, Sarah Ferris and Jennifer Scholtes: “President Donald Trump is taking the first major step toward putting together a federal budget proposal, asking federal agencies to draft plans to hike military spending and cut back other domestic programs—while making no changes to major entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare. One senior administration official said the plan would call for increases in spending on defense, homeland security, intelligence, the Department of Justice and law enforcement. … The White House is expected to send its preliminary funding targets for 2018 to federal agencies Monday, the day before Trump addresses the nation on Tuesday night in a prime-time address in which he will lay out his policy priorities for the coming months.”

On that note: a look ahead at Tuesday’s speech, from POLITICO’s Shane Goldmacher.

SPICER TRIES TO STOP LEAKS, AND IT LEAKS:From POLITICO’s Annie Karni and Alex Isenstadt: “Press secretary Sean Spicer is cracking down on leaks coming out of the West Wing, with increased security measures that include random phone checks of White House staffers, overseen by White House attorneys. … Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room. Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as ‘an emergency meeting,’ staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a ‘phone check,’ to prove they had nothing to hide. Spicer, who consulted with White House counsel Don McGahn before calling the meeting, was accompanied by White House lawyers in the room, according to multiple sources. … The phone checks included whatever electronics staffers were carrying when they were summoned to the unexpected follow-up meeting, including government-issued and personal cellphones. Spicer also warned the group of more problems if news of the phone checks and the meeting about leaks was leaked to the media.”

ANOTHER PICK DROPS OUT: Trump’s pick for Navy Secretary withdrew on Sunday.

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