POLITICO Playbook: Trump reignites battle with The Squad By JAKE SHERMAN and ANNA PALMER 07/21/2019 11:56 AM EDT Presented by wrong prescription for Medicare. THE WHITE HOUSE REBUTTAL … MAJOR GARRETT spoke with VP MIKE PENCE on CBS’ “FACE THE NATION” about the chants at the North Carolina rally: GARRETT: “[The president] will make an…
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THE WHITE HOUSE REBUTTAL … MAJOR GARRETTspoke withVP MIKE PENCEonCBS’ “FACE THE NATION”about the chants at the North Carolina rally:GARRETT:“[The president] will make an effort to speak out about it?”PENCE:“That’s what he’s already said.… I think that millions of Americans share a — share the president’s frustration about sitting members of Congress engaging in that kind of reckless rhetoric, whether it be anti-Semitic rhetoric, whether it be referring to Border Patrol agents as running concentration camps, and the president thought it was important to stand up to them. And — and I’m glad he did it.”
GARRETT:“Can you be patriotic and oppose the president’s reelection?”PENCE:“Of course.”
— CHRIS WALLACEspoke with White House senior adviserSTEPHEN MILLERon“FOX NEWS SUNDAY”:“Why shouldn’t someone see all of that as racist?”MILLER:“I think the term ‘racist,’ Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by the left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don’t want to hear. The reality is this president has been the president for all Americans. … I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin that that makes it a racial criticism.”More from Eleanor Mueller on Miller’s appearance
BEHIND THE SCENES — “‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets,”by WaPo’s Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey, Ashley Parker and Seung Min Kim: “President Trump’s own top aides didn’t think he fully understood what he had done last Sunday, when he fired off a trio of racist tweets before a trip to his golf course.
“After he returned to the White House,senior adviser Kellyanne Conway felt compelled to tell him why the missives were leading newscasts around the country, upsetting allies and enraging opponents. … Trump defended himself. He had been watching ‘Fox & Friends’ after waking up.
“He wanted to elevate the congresswomen,as he had previously discussed with aides. … The president said he thought he was interjecting himself into Democratic Party politics in a good way. …
“As is often the case, Trump acted alone— impulsively following his gut to the dark side of American politics, and now the country would have to pick up the pieces. The day before, on the golf course, he hadn’t brought it up. Over the coming days, dozens of friends, advisers and political allies would work behind the scenes to try to fix the mess without any public admission of error because that was not the Trump way.”
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MORE SUNDAY BEST — CHRIS WALLACEalso spoke with House Judiciary CommitteeJERRY NADLER(D-N.Y.) on“FOX NEWS SUNDAY”about Democrats’ strategy for the Robert Muller hearing Wednesday.NADLER:“We want the American people to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller what his investigation found. The president and the attorney general and others have spent the last few months systematically lying to the American people about what the investigation found.
“They said that it found no collusion,that it found no, uh, obstruction, that it exonerated the president. All three of those statements are absolute lies. It found a great deal of collusion, it found a great deal of, uh, obstruction of justice by the president and it found, uh, and it pointed, refused to exonerate.”
— ON WHAT’S NEXT: NADLER:“The report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and we have to present — or let Mueller present these facts to the American people and see where we go from there. Because the administration must be held accountable. And no president can be, can be above the law.”
KNOWING MUELLER — “In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship,”by NYT’s Noah Weiland: “Over decades of appearances before Congress, Mr. Mueller showed little patience for politics, and he grew weary of the partisanship that came with legislative oversight, according to interviews with former colleagues, law enforcement officials and lawmakers.
“A review of dozens of hours of his hearings— Mr. Mueller has appeared before Congress 88 times dating back to 1990, according to the Senate Historical Office, among the most of any official ever — offers insight into what kind of witness he will be this week. He was by turns forbidding and protective of the F.B.I.’s mission, yet sympathetic to Congress’s obligation to monitor the bureau’s transformation from a crime-fighting agency into a centerpiece of the government’s post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism apparatus.”NYT
— “Democrats hope Mueller gives credence to their claim of an unlawful Trump,”by WaPo’s Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian
SCHUMER’S TRIP TO THE BORDER …Senate Minority LeaderCHUCK SCHUMERled a delegation of Democrats to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday where they were told that the administration had moved roughly 400 migrants out of the facility the day before, according to a Democratic aide on the trip. The conditions at the government-run facilities were “generally awful” and the senators were “very disturbed.”
USING TRANSLATORS,the senators talked with several of those held at the facility and were told many of them had not been allowed to shower or brush their teeth since being taken into custody. At the Ursula center they found a pretty gruesome scene: “The cages were so full that the children could barely walk around. The women and children were almost all wrapped in Mylar blankets.”
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