Trump leaves for D.C. after quiet weekend in Bedminster

He departed Morristown Airport on Air Force One shortly after 8 p.m., according to White House pool reports. Also on board were daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and White House aides.

Trump was said to have been making phone calls and holding meetings during his three-day stay in New Jersey. He has defended the trip as being cheaper for the taxpayers than spending the weekend at Trump Tower in New York City.

Before departing, Trump tweeted out congratulations to new French president Emmanuel Macron and a call to the Senate to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The House approved a measure Thursday, backed by Trump, that the Congressional Budget Office said would leave 24 million more Americans without health insurance than under current law, and that would give states the option of allowing insurers to offer fewer benefits and to sharply increase rates for those with pre-existing conditions.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer issued a statement on Macron’s victory.

“We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election,” Spicer said. “We look forward to working with the new president and continuing our close cooperation with the French government.”

During his time in Bedminster, Trump also signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

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