White House cancels congressional picnic; serves up ribeyes to military patients

· June 22, 2018  
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2017 Congressional Picnic
The 2017 congressional picnic. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post | Getty Images

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would cancel the annual congressional picnic, saying “we want to solve this immigration problem” and that “it didn’t feel exactly right” to have a picnic before the issue is solved.

Rather than feeding members of Congress, whom Trump has recently admonished for not passing immigration reform laws, the president opted to feed those who have fought to protect America.

White House reporter for Bloomberg News Jennifer Jacobs shared on Twitter Friday morning that the food prepared for the congressional picnic, “including rib eye steaks, spinach, cole slaw, quinoa, black beans and pies, will be served at a lunch today to Walter Reed hospital patients, caregivers and employees at the Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda,” citing a United Service Organizations spokeswoman.

Trump hinted the picnic would be rescheduled, though dates have not yet been proposed.


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Author: Carmel Kookogey