Republicans to map out strategy for Trump's agenda

President Donald Trump will be in Philadelphia Thursday for the annual Republican policy retreat.

Infrastructure was not going to be a part of the Congressional Republicans' 200-day agenda, which was previewed here, until Trump asked that it be included.

"So important", Trump said told congressional Republicans attending the GOP winter retreat in Philadelphia.

"Coming out of the retreat, they need to have a united front about what exactly the repeal bill is going to look like and how that process is going to go", he said.

May planned to emphasize a strong relationship between the USA and the U.K, according to CNN.

A Republican aide said House Republicans were "nowhere close" to deciding on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare.

"We have to get on to the serious issue of governing, these other issues are distractions", Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa, said. Trump administration officials have said their upcoming plan will include a longstanding conservative proposal to overhaul Medicaid from a guaranteed benefit to a block grant system.

Additionally, a "Queer Rager" dance party - a protest against the anti-LGBTQ agenda found in the GOP Platform and pursued by former Governor Mike Pence in IN - has already started outside the conference venue.

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PAUL RYAN: We're going to work with all of our committees that are in charge of health care legislation - the Education and Workforce Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, the Commerce Committee - and we're going to have a full, exhausting conversation at our retreat to go through all of these things.

While many demonstrators were at the hotel to protest the Republicans' agenda, there were a number who conversely expressed their support for Trump.

It is the first trip outside Washington for Trump since he was inaugurated, and his first flight on Air Force One as president.

The president will find most lawmakers "excited" about the possibilities for this year, said Tommy Binion, director of policy outreach at The Heritage Foundation.

Trump promoted his immigration related executive orders, including the building of the border wall. They're having a hard time getting down to business because their new leader, popular vote loser Donald Trump, is, well, what he is.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, therefore, will not be meeting with the Wharton alum during his short time in the city, 6abc reported. Trump has said he'll announce his nominee next week.

Kenny Luu, a Philadelphia native whose parents came to the country as refugees, said he chose to protest because he wanted to stand up for all marginalized people and to show solidarity with his fellow citizens.

  • Megan Austin