ATTN. PRESIDENT TRUMP … EVENING STANDARD (U.K.): “TfL Tube strike: Piccadilly Line drivers to strike across FOUR days including during Donald Trump’s visit to U.K.”: “London Underground drivers are set to strike across four days next month including during Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. The RMT union on Tuesday announced a walkout in a row with Transport for London over working conditions and staffing.
“Piccadilly Line drivers will strike between 9pm on Wednesday, July 11 and 1am on Saturday July 14 2018. The U.S. President is set to arrive in London on July 13 when huge protests are expected in the capital.” http://bit.ly/2MruNma
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IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD YET, House Republicans are trying to pass an immigration bill. They scheduled a vote this week for a “compromise” bill negotiated by moderates and conservatives. Late last night, they dropped an 116-page amendment to that legislation, which would expand the e-Verify program and create a new agricultural guest worker program. This bill is scheduled to get a vote WEDNESDAY, less than two days after the massive 116-page amendment was released. A vote could slip to Thursday — a party meeting this morning will help determine that. Top aides tell us it’s still unlikely this will pass. And the Senate is going to ignore it. So, that’s that. John Bresnahan with the latest https://politi.co/2KlASDa … The amendment, which came out last night http://bit.ly/2Ko82Ca
— WHAT REPUBLICAN LEADERS HOPE: Both the Senate and House are trying to pass a bill to keep families together before leaving for the July 4 recess.
— THE NEXT CRISIS: THE PRESIDENT is having lunch today with House and Senate appropriators — the people who write the spending bills — at the White House. Expect them to talk about the border wall. Anyone who tells you confidently that the government won’t shut down in September over an impasse about the border wall is, well, too confident.
Good Tuesday morning. THANKS FOR READING, MR. PRESIDENT! Trump responded last night to an Playbook item (https://politi.co/2KpX0wk) over the weekend where we quoted Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) making a joke Friday night to donors on Martha’s Vineyard about the Mueller investigation: “If you get me one more glass of wine, I’ll tell you stuff only Bob Mueller and I know. If you think you’ve seen wild stuff so far, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild couple of months.”
— @realDonaldTrump at 7:22 p.m.: “Why is Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), perhaps in a near drunken state, claiming he has information that only he and Bob Mueller, the leader of the 13 Angry Democrats on a Witch Hunt, knows? Isn’t this highly illegal. Is it being investigated?”
FOR HIS PART, Warner told our colleagues Monday on Capitol Hill that his remarks were a bad joke.
WHAT ELSE IS ON TRUMP’S MIND — @realDonaldTrump at 7:30 p.m.: “The hearing of Peter Strzok and the other hating frauds at the FBI & DOJ should be shown to the public on live television, not a closed door hearing that nobody will see. We should expose these people for what they are — there should be total transparency!”
NEW, from Gabrielle Bluestone in the N.Y. Times, with a Mykonos, Greece, dateline: “[Lindsay Lohan] did say that Mr. Trump’s daughter Tiffany, an old friend who is visiting her next month in Greece, is ‘a really sweet girl. Nice person.'” https://nyti.ms/2Mpw4dm
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK … THE TAX COALITION is going up with a two-ad, seven-figure buy criticizing the GOP tax plan. The first ad — “Grandma” — shows a grandmother giving a pile of candy to one grandchild, and a single piece of candy to another. “Some people start off with more than others. And so we’re going to be giving them even more,” the grandmother says. This will air in Reno and Las Vegas, and it is a $500,000 buy. The 30-second spot http://bit.ly/2K7vfZO
— THE GROUP is also going up in Syracuse, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Virginia Beach and Philadelphia with an ad entitled “Accountant,” with a CPA saying the GOP tax law is bad. The 30-second spot http://bit.ly/2K86zk2
PAGING KEVIN BRADY! … NYT’S JIM TANKERSLEY: “The New Tax Form Is Postcard-Size, but More Complicated Than Ever: A new version of the 1040 income tax form, set for release this week, omits some popular deductions and requires several work sheets for many taxpayers to complete.” https://nyti.ms/2tC9579
BRIAN FALER: “Republican tax law hits churches”: “Republicans have quietly imposed a new tax on churches, synagogues and other nonprofits, a little-noticed and surprising change that could cost some groups tens of thousands of dollars.
“Their recent tax-code rewrite requires churches, hospitals, colleges, orchestras and other historically tax-exempt organizations to begin paying a 21 percent tax on some types of fringe benefits they provide their employees. That could force thousands of groups that have long had little contact with the IRS to suddenly begin filing returns and paying taxes for the first time.” https://politi.co/2txMYiM
SPOTTED: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross at Chez Billy Sud having dinner last night … Mike Pence yesterday stopping for a haircut at the barber shop on G Street near the EEOB before his trip to Latin America – pics https://politi.co/2ItrR5M … https://politi.co/2K8XrM0
HAPPY PRIMARY DAY! — STEVEN SHEPARD and SCOTT BLAND, whose birthday is today: “Grimm’s comeback and other big storylines in Tuesday’s primaries”: “Here are POLITICO’s top things to watch as the results roll in: Trump’s swampy picks … Romney launches his third act in electoral politics … New York’s restless Democratic activists strike out against entrenched incumbents … Democratic self-funders go for broke … Maryland Dems fight for the chance to face [Gov. Larry] Hogan … [Rep. Doug] Lamborn reborn?” https://politi.co/2Iq8xXi
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ABOUT LAST NIGHT … “In South Carolina rally, Trump targets Sanford, McCain and TV comedians,” by WaPo’s Josh Dawsey in West Columbia, S.C.: “In a discursive 58-minute rally at Airport High School here, he attacked Arnold Schwarzenegger for his TV ratings, revived criticism of Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) for his extramarital affair on what Trump inaccurately called the ‘Tallahassee Trail,’ accused Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) of ‘grandstanding,’ lamented the small high school gymnasium, misstated NATO spending, called home-state comedian Stephen Colbert a ‘lowlife,’ recited his long and recently soured history with comedian Jimmy Fallon over a hair tussle, and repeatedly mocked some of his predecessors as being worse than him.
“Trump said that Democrats don’t like police officers … He exaggerated the U.S. trade deficit. He took credit for better ticket sales at the Olympics and seemingly even for more rockets going to space, describing SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk’s rockets to an apparently perplexed crowd.” https://wapo.st/2KmYmo0
— JIMMY FALLON RESPONDS: “When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was going to tweet back immediately, but I thought, ‘I have more important things to do.’ Then I thought, ‘Wait, shouldn’t he have more important things to do? He’s the president of the United States.’ What are you doing! You’re the president! Why are you tweeting at me?” http://bit.ly/2KjEFAJ
— BUZZFEED’S HENRY GOMEZ in South Carolina: “Trump Supporters Boo A CNN Reporter, Then Ask Him For Selfies”: “Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters marched into a high school gymnasium Monday and began blistering their new perceived enemy: CNN’s chief White House correspondent. ‘Fake News Jim!’ they chanted loudly at Jim Acosta as one woman confronted him near his seat in the press pen and then as he positioned himself in front of a camera for a live hit. ‘Go home, Jim!’ they added later — a taunt that sounded especially menacing when aimed at a reporter with a Hispanic surname and a father who fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba. These were tense moments.
“But before long, Acosta made his way to the metal barricade separating the media from the angry horde assembled at the latest Donald Trump rally. He posed for selfies, first with a kind woman who genuinely seemed to want one, and then with others who appeared more eager to share the moments ironically on social media. Then something even stranger happened: Acosta began signing autographs.” https://bzfd.it/2Is01aa
A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW — “Senate GOP fires another warning shot at Trump over Chinese telecom giant,” by Sarah Ferris and John Bresnahan: “The Senate has a message for President Donald Trump on the embattled Chinese tech giant ZTE: We’re watching. Senate Republicans have repeatedly inserted language in must-pass spending bills that would limit U.S. ties to the Chinese company by banning federal agencies from buying its products.
“The Senate’s provision sets up a clash with the Trump administration because, unlike harsher rebukes of ZTE that have been tucked into legislation this year, this one could make it to Trump’s desk.” https://politi.co/2KpoTB5
THE BIG PICTURE … TRADE WARS — BEN WHITE: “Trump’s trade war triggers recession fears”: “‘The economy is doing exactly what we thought and hoped it would do based on what the administration was able to accomplish in tax reform and the deregulatory agenda,’ Gary Cohn, Trump’s former National Economic Council director, said in an interview. ‘Both were aimed at stimulating the economy through growth and job creation. And that’s happened in a very positive way. Anything else that derails or confuses the economic agenda is confusing for the system.’
“Confusion is certainly coursing through the system now on both trade and immigration. Trump’s trade battles with Mexico, Canada, the European Union and China could wind up increasing costs for consumers while destabilizing markets and global supply chains, economists warn. They’ve already left the Dow down for the year despite the strong economy.” https://politi.co/2tsZzUi
THIS IS A NEW ONE … “Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host,” by NYT’s Mike Grynbaum and Maggie Haberman: “Ellen. Oprah. … Sean? Sean Spicer, arguably the world’s most famous White House press secretary, is developing a talk show with the tentative title of ‘Sean Spicer’s Common Ground,’ in which the former spokesman for President Trump interviews notable people in an informal setting. A pitch sheet for the show’s pilot, obtained by The New York Times, describes Mr. Spicer hosting ‘some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.’
“‘The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage,” the pitch continues. ‘They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard.’ No network is attached to the project, but the pilot episode, to be filmed in July, is backed by heavy hitters in the realm of unscripted television. Debmar-Mercury, the syndicator of daytime series including ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ and ‘Family Feud,’ is co-producing with Pilgrim Media Group, which has developed basic-cable staples like ‘American Chopper.’” https://nyti.ms/2Ko2mb8
MORE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROTESTS — “Stephen Miller’s D.C. home a target of immigration policy protest,” by USA Today’s Merdie Nzanga: “White House adviser Stephen Miller became the latest Trump administration official to get a direct protest as immigration demonstrators converged on his home in downtown D.C. Monday. About 20 people protesting Miller’s role in the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy marched about a block to Miller’s CityCenterDC apartment building, handing fliers to spectators along the way.
“Miller, who was traveling with President Trump to a campaign rally in Columbia, South Carolina, was not home when the protesters arrived.” https://usat.ly/2Kjlfsv … Flyer protesters were handing out https://bit.ly/2KlGGws
— NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN: “As Activists Confront Trump Officials, Democrats Confront Democrats”: “The attempts at shaming have delighted many on the left, particularly following Mr. Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents, and many progressives feel that the president’s incendiary messaging and actions must be met with something far stronger than another round of news releases from politicians.
“But the social media-fueled confrontations have opened a rift in the party over whether stoking anti-Trump outrage is helping or undermining its prospects in the midterm elections. Many younger Democrats believe that conventional politics are insufficient to the threat posed by a would-be authoritarian — and that their millennial and nonwhite base must be assured that the party is doing all it can to halt Mr. Trump.
“Older and more establishment-aligned party officials fear the attempts at public humiliation are a political gift to Republicans eager to portray the opposition as inflaming rather than cooling passions in the nation’s capital.” https://nyti.ms/2MrKUA7
— NEVER ONE TO MISS OUT ON A FIGHT … @realDonaldTrump: “Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!”
CNN’S ELISE LABOTT sat down with SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: “The secretary declined to put a deadline on how long he will give North Korea to demonstrate it is serious about dismantling its nuclear program. With Pompeo’s international legitimacy now tied to the outcome of diplomacy with Pyongyang, it’s unclear how long he can credibly make the assertion Kim has made the ‘strategic choice’ to engage in good faith without tangible signs of progress. But Pompeo argued that because Kim, like Trump, is ‘the (sole) decision maker,’ the framework reached in Singapore between the leaders put the two countries on a path to success.” https://cnn.it/2lDyKIJ
THE INVESTIGATIONS …
— “Special counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince’s phones, computer,” by ABC News’ James Gordon Meek: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging deeper into Trump ally and Blackwater founder Erik Prince, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. Prince, America’s most famous private military contractor, acknowledged last week that he ‘cooperated’ with Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after falling under scrutiny amid questions about an alleged effort to establish a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, something Prince has vehemently denied.
“ABC News has since learned that Mueller is also reviewing Prince’s communications, a sign that Mueller could try to squeeze Prince, as he has others, probing potential inconsistencies in his sworn testimony in an attempt to pressure him to turn into a witness against other targets of the investigation. In response to questions from ABC News, a spokesperson for Prince released a statement noting that Prince has provided Mueller with ‘total access to his phone and computer.’” https://abcn.ws/2KlKFG9
— JOSH GERSTEIN: “Any gag order should cover Trump, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says”: “Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, is fighting an effort to bring a court-ordered end to his near-continuous media appearances, but is also telling a federal judge that if a gag order is issued, it should cover another frequent tweeter and TV presence: President Donald Trump.
“Earlier this month, a lawyer for Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, sought to shut down Avenatti’s public commentary about a suit Daniels filed trying to invalidate a ‘hush money’ deal that Cohen arranged. … Trump’s attorney didn’t join in the gag order request, but indicated that he would not oppose it. However, Avenatti said that if the judge went forward, any gag would have to cover Trump and his primary legal mouthpiece, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.” https://politi.co/2yISXX9
CNN’S MANU RAJU (@mkraju): “Reporters ask Nunes if DOJ complied with his demand to get answers by 5pm. His response: ‘We don’t talk about committee business outside of the committee.’ He talked about committee business on ‘Fox and Friends’ this morning”.
— MANU and JEREMY HERB: “Conservatives grumble about House GOP’s handling of investigation into FBI” https://cnn.it/2MZxv3d
TRUMP’S TUESDAY — In the morning, the president meets with national executive committee members of the Associated Builders and Contractors (closed press). He will have lunch with members of Congress (closed press) and will also meet with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in the Oval Office (closed press). Later in the afternoon, Trump will present the medal of honor (pre-credentialed press).
LAST CHANCE — Join us for a sit-down with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell TOMORROW morning at Ajax (1011 4th St. NW). Doors open at 7:50 a.m. RSVP https://bit.ly/2MjxB4x
— WE’RE ALSO HEADED TO FLORIDA … Join us, along with Playbook Florida co-author Marc Caputo, for a Playbook Elections event Friday at the InterContinental Miami. It’s part of the POLITICO-AARP “Deciders” series. We’ll talk with Nelson Diaz, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, David Richardson and Donna Shalala about their candidacies. Doors open at 8 a.m. RSVP https://bit.ly/2K0E3AN
REMEMBER THIS STORY? “Sen. Paul files civil suit against Boucher,” by Bowling Green Daily News’ Justin Story: “Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green has filed a lawsuit against the neighbor who admitted to assaulting him in front of his house. In the civil complaint, filed Friday in Warren Circuit Court, the Republican senator seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages from Rene Boucher for ‘physical pain and mental suffering’ resulting from Boucher’s tackle of Paul as the senator was mowing his yard Nov. 3 in the Rivergreen subdivision in Bowling Green. Paul sustained multiple rib fractures and dealt with recurrent pneumonia in the aftermath of the incident.” http://bit.ly/2It53Dd
CNN’S JAKE TAPPER (Dartmouth class of ‘91) interviews NEW YORK SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (Dartmouth class of ‘88) in DARTMOUTH ALUMNI MAGAZINE: TAPPER: “You talk about reaching across the aisle. You voted against almost every single Trump appointee.”
GILLIBRAND: “I didn’t vote against [former Veterans Affairs Secretary David] Shulkin, and I didn’t vote against [U.S. Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley. I voted for Haley because she stood up and took down the flag as governor [of South Carolina, where the state legislature passed a bill in 2015 mandating removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol]. That was meaningful leadership when it was really needed. I voted for Shulkin because his record under President Obama wasn’t horrible.” …
TAPPER: “Some people might look at it and say, this is you posturing for 2020.” GILLIBRAND: “I reject that. It’s not true at all. I wasn’t keeping score. Pundits started keeping score. I just looked at each nominee uniquely, and the one that does set me apart is the vote against [Defense] Secretary Mattis. I stand by that vote today. I will stand by that vote tomorrow. He did not have the relevant experience.
“President Trump might have thought a general is a good secretary of defense. We decided in the Constitution that it was not a good idea. We believed in civilian control of the military. The job is to create oversight over a huge enterprise of civilians and military personnel and to be able to look into the Department of Defense and decide what’s wrong, then advise the president what’s good for the country, based not on your acumen as a commander but on what’s right for our national security.” http://bit.ly/2IshGyo
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HOLLYWOODLAND — “Russell Crowe To Star As Roger Ailes In Limited Series Greenlighted By Showtime,” by Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva: “Showtime has given an eight-episode order to a limited series about Roger Ailes, with Oscar winner Russell Crowe set to star as the controversial Fox News founder in his U.S. television debut.
“The as-yet untitled series (fka Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes), a Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’ and his extensive reporting for New York magazine about the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the late Ailes’ ouster at Fox News. Sherman co-wrote the initial episode with ‘Spotlight’ writer Tom McCarthy, who will executive produce with Jason Blum.” http://bit.ly/2K8hXfU
MEDIAWATCH — “Fox News Suspends Ex-Trump Aide David Bossie for ‘Cotton-Picking’ Remark,” by the Daily Beast’s Andrew Kirell, Asawin Suebsaeng and Maxwell Tani: “David Bossie, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and current outside adviser to the president, has been suspended from his contributor gig at Fox News, three sources familiar with the situation tell The Daily Beast. The suspension is set to last two weeks.
“Appearing Sunday on Fox & Friends Weekend, the Trump surrogate found himself in a heated spat with Democratic strategist Joel Payne, who is black. ‘You don’t have to be a golden retriever to hear all the dog whistles coming out of the White House these days and from my friend David here,’ Payne said, mid-debate. Amid the ensuing crosstalk, Bossie fired back with a dog whistle of his own: ‘You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.’ ‘I have some relatives who picked cotton,’ an infuriated Payne responded, ‘and I’m not going to sit back and let you attack me on TV like that.’” https://thebea.st/2KrLhxj
— FT ROME BUREAU CHIEF JAMES POLITI (@JamesPoliti): “Some personal news: I’m thrilled to say I’ll soon be moving back to Washington, joining @Dimi and the great @FT team in DC in August as world trade editor. Will be sad to leave Rome after a wonderful 4 years, but very excited about the new adventure!”
SPOTTED: Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip last night in the Domingo room at Cafe Milano. Filip met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday and also visited Capitol Hill.
TRANSITION — Jocelyn Moore is the NFL’s new EVP of communications and public affairs and will be based in NYC. She most recently was the organization’s SVP of public policy and government affairs and is a GPG and Senate Finance alum.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Elizabeth Wilner, managing editor for policy at Airbnb. What she reads: “I read a huge amount for work each day, but it’s a joy – there’s so much great reporting and analysis to read. The Times’ Interpreter column and Eurasia Group’s Signal email on democracy and populism. Stratechery because Ben Thompson is cracking the code on online platform models. Politico’s granular coverage of tech. Axios and Tech Review on the future of work. All themes we watch closely at Airbnb.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2yLx6OQ
BIRTHDAYS: Charles S. Robb is 79 … Juliet Eilperin, WaPo’s senior national affairs correspondent … Emily McBride, associate director of the Office of Cabinet Affairs in the White House … Politico’s Scott Bland … WSJ’s Louise Radnofsky … WSJ’s Michael Bender is 41 … Rachel Gantz, communications director at Renewable Fuels Association … Dave Brown, director at Brunswick Group (h/t Tim Griffin) … Mark Kadesh … Adam Goers, founder and principal at Demo Strategies … Jesse Greener … GOP pollster Jon McHenry … Mark Ritacco … Betsy Burton Goldin … former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is 8-0 … Mickey Leibner, attorney at Mayer Brown … Joe Durheim … Lucy Silver … Ed Buckley … NYT’s Daniel Victor … Philip Lajaunie …
… Ross Feinstein, senior manager of corporate comms. at American Airlines (h/ts Stephen Johnson and Tim Burger) … Judy Havemann, director of public affairs/comms at the National Endowment of the Humanities … Bill Lyne … Alex Hayden DiLalla, manager of global policy and government affairs at Global Citizen … Graeme Zielinski … Julie Norton, partner at TNR Campaigns (h/t Jon Haber) … Alan Solow is 64 … Elisabeth Cholnoky …… Jan Burmeister … Preeya Noronha Pinto … Kathleen Falk … Joannie Braden … Denny Gass (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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