Republicans head to West Virginia to plot 2018 agenda

Republicans head to West Virginia to plot 2018 agenda
© Greg Nash

House and Senate Republicans will travel to West Virginia on Wednesday morning to hammer out the details of the 2018 agenda President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE laid out in Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

Lawmakers will board a train for White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., where they will spend the next three days debating key pillars of the president’s speech: Trump’s call for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, investments in workforce development and job training and how to better sell the GOP tax overhaul to voters.

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While immigration surely will be discussed in the hallways and meeting rooms at the historic Greenbrier resort this week, a retreat agenda obtained by The Hill does not include a single mention of the word “immigration.” Trump during his speech addressed in detail the hot-button issue, which bitterly divides the GOP.

Republicans will also hold sessions addressing the challenging and “unique” environment for the GOP heading into the 2018 midterms, where they are defending both chambers of Congress.

Lawmakers will get plenty of face time with Trump and his top principals this week. Vice President Pence joins Republicans for a two-hour dinner Wednesday night and Trump will join them for a two-hour lunch on Thursday.

Other highlights: Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonUS steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation MORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet Mattis doesn't mention Russia by name at meeting with Balkan officials: report Trump references ‘legitimate media and fake-news media’ at meeting with NATO leader MORE host a breakfast with lawmakers Thursday morning; Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoMcConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters Protesters confront McConnell leaving Kentucky restaurant The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Wild night of primaries reshapes 2018 midterms MORE and Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn join a discussion on “Repairing and Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure" later that morning; and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel joins a conversation that afternoon on “The National Mood – What Citizens are Saying About Their Government.”

Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyUS turned to threats to fight breastfeeding resolution: report Former UN envoys urge Pompeo to restore funding for Palestinian aid agency Trump congratulates McMaster, Donovan on primary wins MORE, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will be on hand for dinner Thursday night.

Those lawmakers sticking around until Friday will have an opportunity to create care packages for the troops and have breakfast with Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBartender cursed at Stephen Miller as he picked up takeout sushi: Washington Post Conway retweets vice president fan account criticizing CNN reporter Ingraham asks Kellyanne Conway: Is Trump ‘reconsidering’ language used toward the press after newsroom shooting? MORE, a top Trump adviser.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record Tampons sent to Dem who called for free feminine hygiene products in House MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (R-Ky.) will kick off the gathering late Wednesday afternoon with a House-Senate session titled “2018: A Big Vision for America.”

It’s unclear if lawmakers will be able to venture off and tour the Cold War nuclear fallout bunker on the sprawling Greenbrier grounds. The retreat, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, will be heavily secured given all of the high-profile guests and speakers.