10:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office.
3 p.m.: Trump will depart the White House en route to the Energy Department.
3:25 p.m.: Trump will deliver remarks at the Energy Department’s Unleashing American Energy event.
3:50 p.m.: Trump will return to the White House.
6 p.m.: Trump and first lady Melania Trump will welcome President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea on the South Portico.
6:15 p.m.: The Trumps will participate in a reception on the State Floor with the Republic of Korea delegation.
6:30 p.m.: The Trumps will have dinner with Moon in the State Dining Room.
OTHER HAPPENINGS: Part of the president’s revised travel ban will go into effect at 8 p.m. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to allow elements of the ban, which denies visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority nations and halts the admission of refugees, to be implemented. The justices limited the ban’s effect on foreigners with clear ties to American individuals, businesses and organizations but will hear arguments on the case this fall.
TRUMP’S TWITTER THIS MORNING: At 8:27 a.m., “New Sugar deal negotiated with Mexico is a very good one for both Mexico and the U.S. Had no deal for many years which hurt U.S. badly.” … at 8:52 a.m., "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.." … at 8:58 a.m., "…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
TRAVEL BAN GUIDELINES: From The New York Times’ Gardiner Harris and Ron Nixon: “Stepsiblings and half-siblings are allowed, but not nieces or nephews. Sons- and daughters-in-law are in, but brothers- and sisters-in-law are not. Parents, including in-laws, are considered ‘close family,’ but grandparents are not. The State Department issued new guidelines Wednesday night to American embassies and consulates on applying a limited travel ban against foreign visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. Enforcement of the guidelines will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.”
TRUMP BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: From POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt: “President Donald Trump, facing dimming approval ratings and a stalled legislative agenda, rolled out his greatest hits on Wednesday evening — ripping into CNN, assailing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and hailing his party’s string of special election wins. Before a rapt audience of 300 supporters, major GOP donors and party leaders attending the first fundraiser of his 2020 reelection campaign at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the commander in chief returned to his comfort zone. Speaking for about 30 minutes at the closed-door event, according to two people present, the president continued to bash a favorite target — the media, and, in particular, CNN. Trump derided the network for errors and presented himself as a victim of its reporting, which he described as deeply unfair. At one point, the president turned his fire on one of the network’s liberal commentators, Van Jones.”
INSIDE TRUMP’S PITCH TO GOP SENATORS: From POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey: “Rand Paul and Susan Collins are on opposite ends of the Republican Party when it comes to health care, yet somehow the two senators both left this week’s Obamacare repeal meetings with President Donald Trump thinking he’s on their side. Paul wants to gut as much of Obamacare as possible and recalled after his one-on-one meeting that the president ‘realizes that moderates have gotten everything so far’ on the health care talks. The centrist Collins, on the other hand, left a larger Tuesday gathering with the president sure that he still wants to make the bill’s health care offerings more robust, explaining that ‘he did leave me with that impression.’ It’s not possible for both senators to get what they want, but somehow Trump convinced everyone in the Senate on Wednesday that he’s siding with them.”