White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is holding the first White House press briefing of 2018. President Trump returned to Washington Monday after spending a week at his golf club in Mar-a-Lago.
Here are some of the topics she may be asked about:
The White House on Tuesday said it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days.
“Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. “In terms of specific actions, I think you’ll see some more details come out on that in the next 24 to 48 hours.”
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier on Tuesday that the United States was withholding $255 million in aid from Pakistan because of its failure to cooperate fully in America’s fight against terrorism.
Government spending: Lawmakers are negotiating with the White House over a bill to fund the government. There are also a couple of other pressing issues wrapped up in those talks, including the fate of undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers,” whether the funding will include the president’s long-promised wall at the southern border, and disaster aid for states hit hard by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017. The current deadline is Jan. 19, and if Congress and the White House can’t reach an agreement, the government will shut down.
Iran demonstrations: Tehran is seeing the largest protests on its streets since 2009. Though the Iranian nuclear deal has boosted the economy, unemployment in Iran is still high, and inflation has hit 10 percent. President Trump has tweeted his support of the protesters.
Iran nuclear deal: The president faces some congressional deadlines in days that are not directly related to the international agreement but could be used by the Trump administration to chip away at the deal, including the Iran Sanctions Act waiver and the Iran Freedom and Counter-proliferation Act waiver.