Trump reignites battle with The Squad

Trump reignites battle with The Squad

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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TRADE WARS — “Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On,”by NYT’s Alan Rappeport: “Growing distrust between the United States and China has slowed the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office.

“The falloff, which is being felt broadly across the economy,stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending. It is affecting a range of industries including Silicon Valley start-ups, the Manhattan real estate market and state governments that spent years wooing Chinese investment, underscoring how the world’s two largest economies are beginning to decouple after years of increasing integration.”NYT

THE LATEST IN IRAN — “UK navy heard in audio trying to thwart Iran ship seizure,”by AP’s Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: “In an audio recording released Sunday, a British naval officer can be heard saying the transit of a British-flagged vessel through the Strait of Hormuz must not be impaired under international law as Iranian naval forces warn the vessel to change course.”AP

VALLEY TALK — “Does Silicon Valley need a new regulator?”by Nancy Scola and Margaret Harding McGill: “The federal government’s struggles to rein in Facebook are driving some Democrats and consumer advocates to a stark conclusion: The agency charged with regulating Silicon Valley is not up to the task. …

“Those calls have only grown during a week of bipartisan derisionfor the FTC’s proposed $5 billion privacy fine for Facebook — a historically large penalty by U.S. standards, but one that many lawmakers have called laughably small given the social networking giant’s resources. The markets also shrugged at the proposed punishment, which comes after months of settlement talks with the company: Facebook’s stock price hit its highest point in almost a year after news of the fine broke.”POLITICO

WHAT KEVIN MCCARTHY IS READING — “Bakersfield, once the butt of jokes, is booming. So are many other inland California cities,”by WaPo’s Scott Wilson in Bakersfield, Calif.

MEDIAWATCH — “ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump,”by AP’s David Bauder

— Andrew Restucciawill be a White House reporter at the WSJ. He most recently was a White House reporter at POLITICO.

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BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS,curated by Daniel Lippman (@dlippman):

— “The Con Man Who Became a True-Crime Writer,”by Rachel Monroe in The Atlantic: “In his old life, Matthew Cox told stories to scam his way into millions of dollars. Now he’s trying to make it by selling tales that are true.”The Atlantic

— “I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked,”byClaudia Rankine in the NYT Magazine: “The running comment in our current political climate is that we all need to converse with people we don’t normally speak to, and though my husband is white, I found myself falling into easy banter with all kinds of strangers except white men. They rarely sought me out to shoot the breeze, and I did not seek them out. Maybe it was time to engage, even if my fantasies of these encounters seemed outlandish. I wanted to try.”NYT Magazine

— “How Matt Gaetz Used Daddy’s Money to Become Trump’s Favorite Congressman,”by Stephanie Mencimer in Mother Jones’ September/October issue: “Like the president, the Florida Republican rode family connections, unorthodox real estate deals, and trolling to political fame.”Mother Jones

— “‘The Girls Were Just So Young’: The Horrors of Jeffrey Epstein’s Private Island,”by Holly Aguirre in Vanity Fair: “Locals say Epstein was flying in underage girls long after his conviction for sex crimes—and authorities did nothing to stop him. ‘It was like he was flaunting it,’ says an employee at the airstrip on St. Thomas. ‘But it was said that he always tipped really well, so everyone overlooked it.’”VF

— “The Hard Work of the 2020 Instagram Spouse,”by Joanna Weiss in POLITICO Magazine: “No selfies, no narpiness and bring on the bragging: The old rules for the political spouse are colliding with the new rules of social media.”POLITICO Magazine

— “Is It Okay to Laugh at Florida Man?”by Logan Hill in WaPo Magazine: “What it’s like to go viral as one of the Internet’s biggest memes — and the moral complications of laughing along.”WaPo(h/t

— “DC Types Have Been Flocking to Shrinks Ever Since Trump Won. And a Lot of the Therapists Are Miserable,”by Britt Peterson in Washingtonian: “What happens when the people who are supposed to help you cope are struggling themselves?”Washingtonian

— “What I Like About U.(S.A.): Even #Resistance feels patriotic sometimes, doesn’t it?”by Alice Lloyd in American Consequences: “Maybe misunderstanding the assignment, [Bill] Ayers sent me an exuberant 4,558-word e-mail – an explosion of patriotic sentiment, you might say. And which, according to an online plagiarism-detection service, was partly an amalgamation of his Facebook posts from over the years.”American Consequences

— “The Future of the City Is Childless,”by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson: “America’s urban rebirth is missing something key—actual births.”The Atlantic

— “The Unbearable Smugness of Walking,”by Michael LaPointe in The Atlantic’s August issue: “Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit.”The Atlantic

— “Private Surveillance Is a Lethal Weapon Anybody Can Buy,”by Sharon Weinberger on the cover of NYT’s Sunday Review: “Intelligence-gathering systems should be treated by the American government like what they are: weapons. And weapons require export licenses from the State Department. … This may not guarantee that exports won’t ever go to countries with spotty records, like Saudi Arabia, but it provides a stronger basis for Congress or the State Department to block them. It would also require pressuring allies — including Germany, Italy and Israel — to follow suit on allowing sales only to countries that respect human rights.”NYT

— “A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age”— cover of National Geographic’s August issue: “Paul Salopek is tracing humankind’s footsteps out of Africa, giving voice on the way to migrants who are part of history’s largest diaspora.”NatGeo

— “The Ashkenazi Quarrel,”by Arthur Fish in Tablet Magazine: “Modern Ashkenazi Jews have developed a peculiar way of expressing anger at one another that makes our family quarrels unusually prolonged and bitter. In most cultures an angry person longs to unload their rage on the wrongdoer. A Jewish quarreller prides himself on not talking to the offender. The quarreller will elaborate endlessly to anyone on the injustice he’s suffered — with the crucial exception of the putative wrongdoer. A fully established quarrel is a life project.”Tablet(h/t

— “Going Down the Pipes,”by Darcy Frey in the NYT Magazine in March 1996, reprinted in Topic: “‘You got to have two mentalities,’ [air traffic controller Jughead] explains confidently. ‘One, these aren’t lives here; these are dots. And, two, even as bad as you can mess up, it’s a big sky; the planes won’t hit. Otherwise, the stress is too much, you’d have a heart attack, you’d be done.’”Topic(h/t

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SPOTTED:Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and husband John Bessler watching “The Farewell” on Saturday night at E Street Cinema.

TRANSITION — Drew Maloneywill be appointed vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution. He is president and CEO of the American Investment Council.

WEEKEND WEDDINGS — “Sarah Reingold, George Roberts”— NYT: “Mrs. Roberts, 29, is the legislative director in the Washington office of Representative Haley Stevens, a Michigan Democrat. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford. … Mr. Roberts, 30, is a founder and the managing principal of Civic Companies, a real estate development firm in Detroit. He graduated and also received a graduate certificate in real estate development from the University of Michigan.”With a pic:NYT

— “Samantha Wechsler, Evan Cantor”— NYT: “Samantha Kate Wechsler and Evan Ronald Cantor were married July 20 at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, N.Y. Rabbi Eric Polokoff officiated. In August, Mrs. Cantor, 29, is to begin working as a vice president in the investment management division at Goldman Sachs in New York. … Mr. Cantor, 28, is an investment analyst at Junto Capital, a hedge fund in New York. He graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia, and received an M.B.A. from Stanford. He is a son of Diana Cantor and Eric Cantor of Richmond, Va.”With a pic:NYT

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Peter Doocy,Fox News correspondent.What he’s been reading lately:“I was lucky enough to meet and briefly chat with the late Neil Armstrong while I was living in Chicago and working out of the Fox bureau there. Ever since then, and especially in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, I’ve been reading everything I can about his amazing trips.”Playbook Plus Q&A

BIRTHDAYS:Mick Mulvaney, acting White House COS and OMB director, is 52 … Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is 67 … Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) is 79 … Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) is 74 … CNN’s Mark Preston (h/t Kevin Bohn) … Bob Shrum is 76 (h/ts Max Schwartz, Teresa Vilmain, Jon Haber and Tammy Haddad) … David Stacy … Lisa Neubauer (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Google’s Ali-Jae Henke … former Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is 64 … Michelle Young … Brian Parnitzke, RNC director of turnout and targeting … SoftBank’s Christin Tinsworth Baker … Billy Schuette … Steve Lerch … Nancy LeaMond of AARP (h/t son Colin Finan) … Blaire Luciano Constable … Dale Schuurman … Gary Crider … former Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.) is 72 … former Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) is 85 … John Negroponte is 8-0 … Rachel Davis … Jessica Menter … POLITICO’s Trudy Bedword … Stacey Moreau Tank …

… Trita Parsi,founder of NIAC and EVP of the new Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft … Amazon’s Amber Talley, a Jason Chaffetz alum (hubby tip: Kip) … Molly Oczkowski (h/t Blake Waggoner) … Dave Noble … Pip Deely … Edelman’s Athena Johnson … Amanda K. Ruisi … Katie Gillen … Martin Bandier is 77 … Benjamin Brafman is 71 … Robbie Diamond … Nia Prater … Laurie Cipriano … Julie Wadler … Katherine Trevas Schneider of Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)’s office … Ron Smith … Michael Sessums, founding partner of Ibex Partners (h/t Ben Chang) … Jahan Wilcox (h/t the Grappones) … Jen Corey Baca … Ron Colburn … Otto Heck … Adam Kroczaleski … Amanda Carey Elliott … Jen Bluestein … Shavon Arline-Bradley … Doug Mellgren … Greg Richardson … Theresa Vawter … Retired Gen. Dick Tubb is 6-0 … Travis Thomas … Wendy Wilkinson … Meaghan Wolff

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