From the White House, Doug Christian reporting.
THE WHITE HOUSE – Today Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, president of Egypt, will visit President Donald Trump here at the White House. Trump will participate in a bilateral meeting with el-Sisi and then they will have lunch.
President Trump’s purge in the Department of Homeland Security is causing alarm on Capitol Hill, with senators from both sides of the aisle expressing concern about the president’s push. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, complained to reporters, “I am concerned with a growing leadership void within the department tasked with addressing some of the most significant problems facing the nation.”
Democratic Sen. from California Dianne Feinstein says, “The purge of senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security is unprecedented and a threat to our national security.”
As the president pushes for a harder line on immigration, he faces an increasing number of legal challenges to his border wall. House Democrats filed a lawsuit to block construction of the wall. They argue that the president’s emergency declaration to divert money subverts Congressional authority on funding.
Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with a group of 20 states, are asking a federal judge to grant a preliminary order to halt the wall’s construction.
Today, the conflict over release of Trump’s tax returns takes center stage as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig testify before Congress. Ostensibly, their testimony will be on their department’s funding, but Democratic lawmakers are likely to grill the witnesses on Trump’s taxes.
Doug Christian, The White House