Pool report: Trump, talking to Cabinet about opioids, claimed Mexico and China are using "almost a form of warfare" by "sending their garbage and killing our people.”
There are legit political questions here, like whether Chinese govt does enough to stop fentanyl exports. But on immigration, trade and drugs, Trump regularly attributes the acts of individual foreign actors to malign conspiracies perpetrated by foreign countries' governments.
Pool report: Trump repeated his majestic phrasing on his failure to get his health care plan passed, saying, "We actually got rid of Obamacare except for one vote."
Trump did an "impromptu" interview with the WSJ today. He mostly said the same stuff as always. On revoking security clearances, he said he would "put a Republican on, too, if I thought they were incompetent or crazy.” wsj.com/articles/trump…
Best part of the WSJ story: "Several times Mr. Trump interrupted the conversation to summon aides to the Oval Office to share charts showing his endorsement record and to discuss the size of his following on social media."
Trump also claimed Dems "give up" when he does a campaign stop - "it de-energizes them" - and boasted of his stamina: “It’s a lot of work for me. I have to make 50 stops, it’s a lot. So, there aren’t a lot of people that can do that, physically. Fortunately, I have no problem..."
For people confused by this, it is Conway trying to get the Post reporter to quote her criticism of her own husband as if it was uttered by an anonymous source - a “person familiar with their relationship” - instead of just writing that Conway said it.
Sanders announces that Trump is revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. Brennan is a critic of his.
Sanders says Brennan has exhibited "erratic conduct and behaviour."
Sanders says Trump is also reviewing the clearances of various other officials, including former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice and current DOJ official Bruce Ohr. Trump has been complaining about Ohr this month; Ohr had meetings with Christopher Steele.
Sanders's full list of people about whom Trump is "evaluating action": Clapper, Comey, Hayden, Yates, Rice, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr.
Comey, McCabe no longer have clearance. Sanders says Trump may prevent people who no longer have them from re-obtaining them.
The president now says he gave a $180,000-per-year public job to a "crazed" "dog" to give her a "break."
Trump usually tweets that people were "like a dog." The other people he's just flat called a dog are Arianna Huffington, Mac Miller, and, I think, British Apprentice host Lord Alan Sugar. #trumphistory
NYT columnist Gail Collins got a non-simile "dog" too, and former Obama advisor David Axelrod, and some others. The president likes calling people dogs.
Trump in Utica: "Considering the fact that we have the highest taxes in the nation in New York, and we should have NO taxes if Andrew Cuomo if he took over...if they would've allowed a little bit of fracking and taking a little bit of richness out of the land..."
Trump: "It's very sad to see what's happened with New York. I was actually thinking of running for governor (before becoming president)...With the use of brainpower and common sense...this could've been Boomtown USA!"
At the outset of his speech, Trump refers to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act as simply the National Defense Authorization Act and "our new defense bill." Will he acknowledge McCain at all?
Trump on the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Very prestigious title. I always loved the ring: the Joint. Chiefs. Of staff. Right? That's got a good ring."
Trump says that local congresswoman Elise Stefanik kept calling him but he didn't want to take her calls, and then she invited him to come speak at this base but he said he was too busy, but she persisted, so he eventually said he'd come.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, DNC vice-chair and state AG candidate, is being accused of domestic abuse by Karen Monahan, an environmental activist. (Her son made the allegations directly; she's tweeted about them without using Ellison's name.)
Here's the early Star Tribune story on the Ellison matter. Monahan's son says he isn't in possession of the abuse video he saw last year, which Ellison says doesn't exist, but reiterates that he indeed saw it; Monahan said she isn't ready to talk to media. startribune.com/u-s-rep-keith-…
At his prison reform roundtable with Republican governors, Trump took more shots at Chicago over its violence issues, saying, "Bad stuff happening. And probably, uh, I guess you have to take from the leadership. It's called bad leadership."
At least one Democrat, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, is at Trump's prison reform roundtable. He's presided over a major drop in the state prison population.
Trump says that although oil and gas production are booming, the U.S. is "environmentally perfect."
In a now-deleted tweet, Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart called Michigan Democratic governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed, who's Muslim, an "ISIS commie." This has gotten no major media attention as far as I can tell. thinkprogress.org/corey-stewart-…
Corey Stewart's campaign sends me this quote from Stewart, who is claiming that the bigoted tweet from his account was tweeted not by him but by "one of my vendors."
Stewart’s campaign says it won’t answer my questions about the alleged “vendor” or his/her employment status. It told The Hill that it won’t allow the alleged person to tweet under Stewart’s name any more but won’t take any further action.
Quick fact check: Trump spoke to business leaders for 14 minutes at dinner tonight. He made 15 false claims.
Trump added a 16-17-18th false claim in his closing remarks: Chinese market down "28%" in four months (Shanghai about -12%); China trade deficit "$517 billion" ($337 billion last year); Air Force One initial cost "$5.6 billion" (even Sarah Sanders claimed it was $5.3 billion.)
Pool report from Trump's Bedminster dinner with businesspeople: he said he is "very closely" monitoring the California fires he's been making things up about, repeated usual lie about $5 trillion in profits offshore, said everyone in the room likes him a lot.
Also, Trump asked his wife to stand to be applauded, and she said, per pool, "I just want to thank the president for doing an incredible job."
Longer Trump-on-California-fires quote from pool: "And we’re going to have some meetings about it, because there are reasons and there are things you can do to mitigate what’s happening. We send our love and support and prayers to the families of those who have lost loved ones."
After announcing in June that he'd release a new kind of health plan in two weeks (July 4), then later in June that it'd be in three weeks (July 19), Trump just proclaimed that their "different form of health care" is "turning out to be incredible," though it still doesn't exist.
Trump says of his new association health plans: "I hear it's like record business that they're doing...we just opened about two months ago, and I'm hearing that the numbers are incredible."
The new plans can't be sold until September 1.
Trump, at a roundtable in Iowa, has his Make Our Farmers Great Again hats on the table with him.
CNN puts up an alternative transcript from Trump’s legal team, in which Trump supposedly says “DON’T pay with cash...check” before Cohen says “no no no.” It’s mayyybe possible he said “don’t,” from the muffled recording, but the “check” in the Trump transcript is out of order.
Speaking at a theoretically non-campaign veterans’ event in Missouri, Trump calls for the election of Republican AG Josh Hawley for Senate, calls Hawley up to speak.
Missouri AG and candidate Josh Hawley: “When I think about President Trump, there’s one word that comes to mind. That word is: courage.”
Trump says we stand for the national anthem. Pointedly brings back the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” Tells his usual story about saving money on the Jerusalem embassy, though unusually admits he did it by deciding to just renovate an existing building.
Trump begins his Made In America Showcase speech by holding up a green hat he says says Make Our Farmers Great Again. "I just had them made up, and that's the way I feel," he says.
Did not hear what prompted this, but Trump, in the middle of listing various made in America products, said, "Ten years ago I was perfect. Now, I don't know."
Trump on the F-35: "I was saying, 'how do you compare this with a certain other plane from the enemy?'...'The difference is, when we fight, they can't see our plane.' It's called stealth. SUPER stealth."
This is the Iran version of Trump's "fire and fury" threat to North Korea, which was a warning that any more threats would be met with fire and fury "the likes of which this world has never seen before."
Notably, in both cases, Trump didn't issue his dire threat in response to a military provocation - it was words he doesn't like. In the North Korea case, his aides didn't expect the threat, immediately tried to play it down.
What did Rouhani actually do? 1) He referred to Trump directly: "Mr Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret." 2) He said this: "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars."