President Donald Trump has postponed plans to host a dinner this week for the justices of the just-back-to-full-strength Supreme Court, White House officials said Monday.
A week-ahead schedule distributed to reporters on Sunday said Trump would attend a dinner Thursday evening with the justices, “including his successfully confirmed nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch.”
However, a later version of the outlook dropped the Supreme Court event.
A Trump aide said Monday that the dinner was put off due to scheduling issues during this busy week where officials are going all-out to mark the president’s accomplishments in his first 100 days in office.
“It is being moved to a later date. We are just shifting the schedule a bit this week,” said the official, who asked not to be named.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman referred questions about the event to the White House.
Asked by a reporter Monday whether the rescheduling of the event was prompted by a reluctance by the justices to be seen as part of Trump’s “first 100 days” messaging, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that wasn’t a factor.
“No, I think having a relationship and meeting with the Supreme Court at some point would be a great idea and something that we hope to have on the schedule at some point soon,” Spicer said.
Another White House official said the dinner had been tentatively set on the president’s schedule, but should have been removed before the weekly outlook was shared with reporters over the weekend.
“There were preliminary discussions at a staff level, but no invitation was extended or accepted,” the second Trump aide said.
Madeline Conway contributed to this report.
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