How Much to Sit With Trump? Mar-a-Lago Inauguration Anniversary Guests Asked To Pay $250K For Trump Roundtable

On Saturday President Donald Trump will host guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort who are willing to put down big bucks to spend a couple minutes with him on the first anniversary of his inauguration.

Trump will celebrate his first year as president at a gala event where dinner and a photo with the president are going for $100,000 per couple, according to an invitation reported by Bloomberg News.

Couples willing to put down $250,000 will get to take part in a roundtable with the president. Trump and first lady Melania Trump will leave Washington, D.C. for Trump’s golf resort in Palm Beach Friday afternoon, according to the official White House schedule released early Friday.

01_19_TrumpGala U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 31, 2017. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The gala comes as the U.S. government faces a potential shutdown on midnight Friday if Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can’t reach an agreement on a government spending bill they need to pass to keep the government running.

Thursday night Republicans in the House pushed through a temporary four-week funding bill. Democrats in the Senate say they will stand firm and filibuster another temporary funding bill.

Each party is bargaining over immigration and healthcare spending. Trump has offered Democrats protection of the DACA program, which allows about 700,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to stay and work, in exchange for tightening immigration rules on who can enter the U.S. Republicans are also offering a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to attract Democrat votes on the spending bill.

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The temporary spending bills leave these issues unresolved. “We can't keep kicking the can down the road,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Thursday. “In another month, we'll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them.”

Trump tweeted about the potential shutdown on Thursday, but it is unclear whether he will stay in Washington to help lawmakers hammer out a deal if an agreement isn’t reached before the midnight deadline Friday.

A source familiar with Trump’s plans told Bloomberg that Trump’s advisers believe the Senate will pass short-term government funding.

The Mar-a-Lago event is being put on by Ronna Romney McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman. Money raised will go to the RNC and Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign.

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