Some of President Donald Trump’s former campaign staff members are rushing to sign lucrative deals with foreign clients, Politico reports, shrugging off their pledges to avoid foreign lobbying and Trump’s vow to “drain the swamp.”
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, whose partner had said last year their new firm would not lobby for foreign nations, is among those seeking to represent foreign governments and consult on overseas elections. Members of the firm have met in recent weeks with officials from Albania and Kosovo.
Gorsuch guide: The nomination of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, will be voted on Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate later in the week. The Wall Street Journal has more on how the vote will test red-state Democrats.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat, said over the weekend he will vote for Gorsuch. Republicans need help from eight Democrats to block a filibuster. If they don’t get that number they’re expected to change Senate rules to allow Gorsuch to be confirmed by a simple majority. There are now three Democrats who have said they would vote with Republicans to end a filibuster, according to a tally from the Huffington Post.
FedEx chief tries to nudge Trump on fuel rules: Bloomberg reports FedEx’s
CEO Fred Smith is urging Trump not to eviscerate rules that would raise motor-vehicle mileage standards through 2025. Trump says those changes could destroy the auto industry. But Smith and allies including retired generals are positioning the regulations as crucial to defense and diplomacy.
Trump signals he won’t press human rights with leaders: Trump may say little about human rights during meetings with the presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, CNN reports. Trump meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Monday and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday and Friday. “Our approach is to handle these types of sensitive issues in a private, more discrete way,” a White House official said, previewing Al Sisi’s visit.