Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route Palm Beach, FL, 4/6/2017 ...as many of you saw, the President continued a bipartisan tradition that started out of President Bush welcoming the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride to the White House, and I think it was....
BigNews.Biz - Apr 07,2017 - Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route Palm Beach, FL, 4/6/2017
Q Can you go over the schedule?
MR. SPICER: Yeah, let me walk you guys through it. So, obviously, just to recap, I think we had a great visit yesterday with King Abdullah and the Queen. Obviously, one quick note for this morning -- I think we put it out yesterday -- but the President ordered flags flown at half-mast today in recognition of Senator John Glenn of Ohio.
This morning, as many of you saw, the President continued a bipartisan tradition that started out of President Bush welcoming the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride to the White House, and I think it was a really cool event. Ironically, as much as the weather dampened our ability to have it outside, I think spirits were high inside. We had 50 folks up there. A great way to start the day.
Obviously, right now, we're in flight to Mar-a-Lago. Quickly, to Steve's point, let me walk you through the schedule. I don’t know how much you saw on TV, but the President of China, President Xi, arrived a few minutes ago. He was greeted by Secretary Tillerson at the airport. He will be, obviously, heading for the airport to where he'll be staying.
I've been asked a couple times, so I just want to get it out in front. No one from the Chinese delegation is staying at Mar-a-Lago. They were invited, but it was a room-size issue in terms of the size of their delegation, so they're staying just down the road. But the invitation was extended to them.
The delegation will arrive at Mar-a-Lago at 5:00 p.m. They will be greeted by the President and the First Lady. Following the welcome, the group will share some private time ahead of their dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the formal dining room. There will be a pool spray at the top of the dinner.
Tomorrow will be mostly spent in meetings. The First Lady and Madame Peng will also visit a local school. There will be a working lunch. And then the Chinese delegation --
(Interruption due to turbulence.)
There will be a working lunch. The President's weekly address will be released tomorrow, focusing on the President's pledge to reverse decades of dangerous open-border policies that have left the country open, unsafe. As you may have noted this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a report on the decline of individuals that have been apprehended at the southwest border. I mentioned this the other day, but we had some really good numbers -- declining 35 percent in March, from February of 2017, and down 61 percent from January 2017, and a 64 percent decrease from March 2017. All this will be mentioned in the brief tomorrow -- or in the weekly address.
The Vice President's office announced that the Vice President will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and Hawaii from April