CHUCK TODD spoke to PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” …
— TRUMP on why Iran shot down the drone: “I think they want to negotiate. And I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear. Look, they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon. … And I think that they want to negotiate. I don’t think they like the position they’re in. Their economy is, is absolutely broken. …
“According to Prime Minister Abe, they went to him, it’s according to the prime minister, and they said, ‘What do we do with Trump? Can we make a deal? Is there something that can be done?’ That’s what Prime Minister Abe told me. I said, ‘Do you mind if I say that if I have to?’ And he said, ‘Not particularly.’ So they came to Prime Minister Abe. He then called me. I said, ‘Send the following message: you can’t have nuclear weapons. And other than that, we can sit down and make a deal. But you cannot have nuclear.’”
— TRUMP on John Bolton: “I have some hawks. Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, OK?”
— REGRETS: “I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. That would be my one –” TODD: “That’s your, in your mind, that’s your worst mistake?” TRUMP: “Yeah, that was the biggest mistake.”
— TRUMP on Pelosi: TODD: “Let me ask you this, why do you think Nancy Pelosi has held off her impeachment caucus?” TRUMP: “Because I think she feels that I will win much easier. I mean, I’ve been told that by many people.”
— ON ELECTION MEDDLING: TODD: “You’re going to see Vladimir Putin in a week.” TRUMP: “Yes. I’m going to see many people.” TODD: “Are you going to address him directly about interference in 2020?” TRUMP: “I may.” TODD: “Are you going to tell him –” TRUMP: “I may.” TODD: “– not to do it?” TRUMP: “I may if you’d like me to do it, I’ll do that.”
— TODD: “Are you prepared to lose?” TRUMP: “No. Probably not. Probably not.” TODD: “Very hon — I mean, you joke –” TRUMP: “It would be much better, it would be much better if I said, ‘Yeah.’ … It would be much easier for me to say, ‘Oh yes.’ No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life.”
Happy Sunday morning.
SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK: Monday: The president will have lunch with VP Mike Pence and sign an executive order on “improving price and quality transparency in health care.” Tuesday: The president will present the Medal of Honor to David G. Bellavia. Wednesday: The president will speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference before flying to Osaka, Japan.
SPOTTED: Bernie Sanders dining with Danny Glover, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Cornell West and Nina Turner at Motor Supply Co. in Columbia. (hat tip: Bloomberg’s Emma Kinery)
ON IRAN … WSJ’S MIKE BENDER and GORDON LUBOLD: “Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack”: “President Trump bucked most of his top national-security advisers by abandoning retaliatory strikes in Iran on Thursday. In private conversations Friday, Mr. Trump reveled in his judgment, certain about his decision to call off the attacks while speaking of his administration as if removed from the center of it. ‘These people want to push us into a war, and it’s so disgusting,’ Mr. Trump told one confidant about his own inner circle of advisers. ‘We don’t need any more wars.’” WSJ
— NYT’S ED WONG and MICHAEL CROWLEY: “Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant Trump on Iran”: “[A]s the debate over the strike showed, the uncompromisingly hawkish views Mr. Pompeo holds on Iran are starting to clash with the perspective of a president deeply skeptical of military entanglements, especially in the Middle East. Mr. Pompeo is unlikely to publicly signal frustration with the president.
“Some officials say he would work through the bureaucracy to push his policy goals while on the surface sticking to the role of loyal soldier, if only because he harbors political ambitions for which Mr. Trump’s support would be invaluable. Despite Mr. Pompeo’s insistence that he has ‘ruled out’ a Senate run next year in Kansas, many Trump administration officials expect him to enter the race.” NYT
VP MIKE PENCE told JAKE TAPPER on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” that the president will announce additional sanctions on Iran tomorrow.
CHRIS WALLACE spoke to SEN. TOM COTTON (R-ARK.) on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: COTTON: “I think retaliatory strikes were warranted when we’re talking about foreign vessels on the high seas, I think they were warranted against an American unmanned aircraft. What I see is Iran steadily marching up the escalation chain it started out with threats then went to attack on vessels and ports, went to attack on vessels at sea now it’s an unmanned American aircraft. I fear that if Iran doesn’t have a firm set of boundaries drawn around its behavior were going to see an attack on a U.S. ship or U.S. manned aircraft.”
— WAPO’S SIMON DENYER in Tokyo: “North Korea’s Kim receives ‘excellent letter’ from Trump, state media says”: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has received an ‘excellent’ letter from President Trump and is seriously considering what his American counterpart had to say, North Korean state media reported Sunday. Earlier this month, Trump announced he had received a ‘beautiful letter’ from Kim, breaking the silence between the two men since a summit in Hanoi in February ended in failure. Now, Trump appears to have written back and received a similarly warm response. Kim ‘said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,’ the Korean Central News Agency reported.
“‘Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,’ the agency said. The White House has not commented, but there will inevitably be speculation that the letters could pave the way for a third summit between the two leaders.” WaPo
ANITA KUMAR: “Trump learns it’s not always easy going it alone”
CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: “Nancy Pelosi called Trump Friday night asking him to call off ICE raids”: “Trump and Pelosi spoke at 7:20 p.m. ET Friday night for about 12 minutes, according to the source. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere confirmed a phone call took place Friday night between Trump and Pelosi. A senior Democratic aide said Trump is ‘trying to create leverage in a situation where he has none,’ adding that ‘it won’t work.’ ‘Democrats aren’t going to compromise their values,’ the aide said. ‘He’s walked away from several deals on immigration. We have no illusions here.’” CNN
— TAPPER got Pence to say toothbrushes, blankets and medicine should be given to children at the border — something DOJ’s attorney did not agree to in court. Clip
BUZZFEED’s HAMED ALEAZIZ and ADOLFO FLORES: “[T]wo senior administration officials told BuzzFeed News that those within the administration believe acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, or his staff, leaked operational details and that is what ultimately put the ICE operation in jeopardy. ‘Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy,’ said one senior administration official.
“‘The ICE mission is enforcing the nation’s laws and ensuring those who are unlawfully present in the country are removed if ordered by a judge; this will leave an un-erasable mark on his tenure.’ DHS officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.” BuzzFeed
— @Haleaziz: “!!! Former ICE dir. Tom Homan accused acting DHS Sec. McAleenan of ‘resisting what ICE is trying to do’ in this operation and heavily implies that McAleenan leaked operation details to the Washington Post. Homan was picked by Trump to be ‘border czar.’” Video
NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN and ASTEAD W. HERNDON: “‘The Black Vote Is Not Monolithic’: 2020 Democrats Find Split Preferences in South Carolina”: “Recent polls have shown [Biden] with support from about 50 percent of African-American voters in the state. It is what elevates Mr. Biden above his 22 Democratic rivals; though he is often portrayed as a champion of the white working class, he is viewed by many black voters as the play-it-safe choice who could best recreate the multiracial Obama coalition.
“But many young black voters are drawn to Elizabeth Warren and her plan to cancel student debt, while others prefer Bernie Sanders and his calls for systemic change. Some black women like Kamala Harris’s leadership style and her personal story as a graduate of Howard University. And some black men are sizing up Cory Booker, who employs the cadences of the black church in his stump speech.” NYT
— MARTHA RADDATZ spoke to SEN. CORY BOOKER on CBS’ “FACE THE NATION”: RADDATZ: “And Sen. Booker, I want to turn back to politics and to Vice President Biden’s comments. He said he worked along segregationists in congress in order to get things done. You called the comments deeply disappointing, but the two of you spoke privately on Wednesday evening. What was your takeaway from that conversation?”
BOOKER: “Well I’ve said my peace. I have a lot of respect for Joe Biden and a gratitude towards him, and has even more of a responsibility than I have to have — be candid with him, to speak truth to power. He is a presidential nominee and to say something — and again it’s not about working across the aisle, if anything I’ve made that a hallmark of my time in the Senate to get big things done and legislation passed.
“This is about him evoking a terrible power dynamic that he showed a lack of understanding or insensitivity to by invoking this idea that he was called son by white segregationists who — yes, they see him — in him, their son.”
— CBS’S ED O’KEEFE interviewed SEN. KAMALA HARRIS for “FACE THE NATION” (also will run on “CBS This Morning” tomorrow): “2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris of California reiterated her support for impeachment proceedings against President Trump but admitted there is tension within the Democratic party over moving forward. In an interview with CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe, Harris said that she believes impeachment is ‘the existential question.’
“‘This is the tension which is, do you stand to fight for these principles that were part of the — the spirit behind the design of our democracy, checks and balances, accountability?’ Harris asked. ‘Or do you stand with strategy, which is what is the ultimate goal and if it’s saying that this guy should not be in office and if this could hurt the chances of winning an election, should you hold off?’” CBS
REALITY INTERVENES AGAIN FOR BUTTIGIEG … SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: “One person dead, up to 10 others injured in shootings early Sunday at South Bend bar”: “One person is dead and as many as 10 others are injured after shootings at an east side bar early today.” South Bend Tribune
POLITICO MAGAZINE – “What Mayor Pete Couldn’t Fix About the South Bend Cops: The fatal shooting that derailed Pete Buttigieg’s campaign this week has a 7-year backstory,” by Adam Wren in South Bend for POLITICO Magazine
BORDER TALES — “‘Stop Repeating History’: Plan to Keep Migrant Children at Former Internment Camp Draws Outrage,” by Ben Fenwick in the NYT in Fort Sill, Okla.: “For Satsuki Ina, who was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, the news that the United States would detain undocumented migrant children at this Army base in Oklahoma felt like an unwelcome wallop from the past. The base, Fort Sill, Okla., once held 700 Japanese-Americans who lived in tents in desertlike heat, surrounded by barbed wire and guards. They were among the more than 100,000 residents of Japanese ancestry who were rounded up by the government during the war and placed in detention camps around the country.
“Ms. Ina and more than 200 demonstrators arrived at Fort Sill on Saturday to protest the government’s latest plan for the base: to house 1,400 undocumented children who arrived in the United States without a parent or a legal guardian. The protesters called the plan, which was announced this month, a return to one of the nation’s great shames. ‘We are here to say, “Stop repeating history,”’ Ms. Ina, 75, said at a news conference on Saturday, standing in front of a howitzer display outside the base.” NYT
— “Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children,” by the New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner
CNN’S PAM BROWN and MANU RAJU: “Democrats cut deal to hear from White House counsel office insider, source says”: “The House Judiciary Committee appears to have reached a deal with former White House aide Annie Donaldson that would allow her to not appear before the committee by a Monday deadline and answer written questions instead, according to sources familiar with the matter.” CNN
GABE DEBENEDETTI in NY Mag, “‘That’s Hell’: Democrats’ Debate Prep Gets Real”: “Biden debated well during the 2008 cycle and as the vice-president in 2012, but it’s been seven years, and now he knows he’s everyone’s top target. Multiple candidates who are set to debate him next week are expecting both Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris to go after his flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment, Harris to attack him on his criminal-justice record, Bernie Sanders to criticize his ‘middle-ground’ plans, and Pete Buttigieg to knock him in his signature generational terms. On both nights, they suspect, candidates will bring up Biden’s recent comments about working with segregationist senators. And Biden is preparing for all of it.”NY Mag
— “What the 2020 Democrats Are Like Behind the Scenes,” by NYT’s Alex Burns: “[S]ome of the most telling — and in some cases, jarring or endearing — moments with the candidates happened off camera, or outside the context of the interview. [John] Hickenlooper, for instance, showed up at our office flustered because he had lost his wallet, and confessed sheepishly that it had been a long time since he had dealt with certain indignities of being a private citizen. Learning after the interview that his flight home had been canceled, Mr. Hickenlooper took the development in stride; he lingered in the newsroom, bantering with our colleague Stephanie Saul about Teddy Roosevelt’s relationship with the muckraking reporters of his day.
“Ms. Harris arrived at the newspaper with a complaint and a request. She asked Patrick Healy, our politics editor, if The New York Times could make it easier to read articles offline on the paper’s smartphone app — an important consideration for a West Coast lawmaker who is regularly confined to transcontinental flights with spotty Wi-Fi. Ms. Harris — who was at her most animated in the interview when discussing her passion for cooking — also asked to meet Sam Sifton, the food editor.
“Soon, the two were kibitzing about recipes amid a maze of desks and a gathering crowd of onlookers. (Ms. Harris was less excited when Carolyn Ryan, a masthead editor, approached to ask her about a blossoming late-March crisis for Mr. Biden, involving his physical behavior with women.)” NYT
HMM … THE STAR TRIBUNE — “New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage history,” by J. Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor: “New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws. Omar has denied the allegations in the past, dismissing them as ‘baseless rumors’ first raised in an online Somali politics forum and championed by conservative bloggers during her 2016 campaign for the Minnesota House. But she said little then or since about Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, the former husband who swept into her life in 2009 before a 2011 separation.
“The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations showing that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi. Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.” Star Tribune
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Aspen, Colorado:
— “The Problem With HR,” by Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic’s July issue: “For 30 years, we’ve trusted human-resources departments to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment. How’s that working out?” The Atlantic
— “What Abortion Access Looks Like in Mississippi: One Person at a Time,” by Zoë Beery in the N.Y. Times Magazine: “With state legislatures passing new abortion restrictions, the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund follows its own compass on how to best help clients.” NYT
— “What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane,” by William Langewiesche on the cover of July’s Atlantic: “It is easy to imagine Zaharie [Ahmed Shah] toward the end, strapped into an ultra-comfortable seat in the cockpit, inhabiting his cocoon in the glow of familiar instruments, knowing that there could be no return from what he had done, and feeling no need to hurry. Around 7 a.m. the sun rose over the eastern horizon, to the left. A few minutes later it lit the ocean far below.” The Atlantic
— “The Birth and Death of a Bike Company: What Happened to SpeedX,” by Iain Treloar in Cycling Tips – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Gripping account of the rise and fall of SpeedX, a Chinese start-up which promised to build a better bicycle, raised $15 million, pivoted into bike-sharing, raised and spent another $100 million, then made arguably most catastrophic blunder in the history of marketing. On June 4th 2017, anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, the bike avatars on SpeedX’s bike-sharing app were replaced by avatars of tiny tanks rolling through the centre of Beijing. Literally overnight, the business was doomed.” Cycling Tips
— “Who Gets to Own the West?” by NYT’s Julie Turkewitz in Idaho City, Idaho: “A new group of billionaires is shaking up the landscape.” NYT
– “Hideous Men,” by E. Jean Carroll on the cover of NY Mag: “Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life.” NY Mag
— “Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In,” by WSJ’s Russell Gold in an adaptation of “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy”: “In the Oklahoma panhandle, one entrepreneur saw a future fueled by cheap and clean energy. But there was a big snag.” WSJ … $17.70 on Amazon
— “Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software,” by WaPo’s Geoffrey A. Fowler: “Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser — in a single week. Here’s why Firefox is better.” WaPo
— “Joe Exotic Built a Wild Animal Kingdom. He Was the Most Dangerous Predator of Them All,” by Sean Williams in The Daily Beast: “A cunning and cuddly persona created an empire. A murder plot brought it crashing down.” The Daily Beast
— “The Land Where the Internet Ends,” by Pagan Kennedy in the NYT in Green Bank, W.Va.: “To find real solitude, you have to go out of range. But every year that’s harder to do, as America’s off-the-grid places disappear.” NYT
— “The Unsolved Mystery of the Malibu Creek Murder,” by Zach Baron in GQ: “When a man was killed in Malibu Creek State Park last summer while camping with his two young daughters, it sent the placid Southern California community into hysterics—spawning amateur sleuths, conspiracy theories, and public paranoia. Was it related to a rash of unsolved incidents in the area? But while the tragedy’s aftermath publicly played out like a new season of Serial, there was also a family left picking up the pieces after a seemingly random act of violence. This is a story about what happens when lightning strikes in the most chilling manner imaginable.” GQ (h/t Longform.org)
— “Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” by Dan Nosowitz in BuzzFeed in Sept. 2014: “In 1937, my great-grandfather started a workwear company in New England called Madewell. In 2006, 17 years after the last factory shut down, J.Crew relaunched a women’s clothing company with the same name and logo, based on a 50-year history in which it had no part.” BuzzFeed (h/t Longform.org)
SPOTTED: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) shopping at the Jenkins Row Harris Teeter. … Bill Weld in Portsmouth, N.H., at the town’s pride celebration. Pic … Hungarian Ambassador László Szabó playing guitar and sitar with jazz fusion band Djabe at the Kennedy Center. Pic Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, Kazakh Ambassador Erzhan Kazykhanov and Portuguese Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital also attended.
SPOTTED at a joint book party at Juleanna Glover’s house last night for Jim Sciutto’s “The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America” ($18.98 on Amazon) and Winston Lord’s “Kissinger on Kissinger” ($17.10 on Amazon): Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy, Tom Nides and Virginia Moseley, Tammy Haddad, Suzanne Kianpour, Kaitlan Collins, Melanne Verveer, Mike Abramowitz, Gloria Riviera, Dan Yergin, Indira Lakshmanan, Karin Tanabe, Shayna Estulin, Jeff and Mary Zients, Eric Lipton, Mike Allen, Mike Pillsbury and Paula Dobriansky.
WEEKEND WEDDING — “Bryana Turner, Robert Jackson Jr.” – N.Y. Times: “Mrs. Jackson, 31, is the founder and principal of Turner Divorce Mediation … Mr. Jackson, 42, is a commissioner on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington. He is currently on public service leave from the faculty of the N.Y.U. School of Law, where he specializes in corporate law and financial regulation. He previously served in the Obama administration as a counselor to senior Treasury Department officials during the financial crisis.” With a pic.NYT
BIRTHDAYS: Sylvia Burwell, president of AU, is 54 … Chasten Buttigieg is 3-0 (h/t Marina McCarthy) … Steven Cheung (h/t Janae Garcia) … Kaelan Dorr of Sinclair Broadcast Group (h/ts Andy Hemming) … Aaron Cutler, partner at Hogan Lovells (h/t Boris Epshteyn) … Paul Tewes … Amber Moon, director of external comms at BAE Systems … POLITICO Europe’s Kate Day, Etienne Bauvir and Ali Walker … State’s Robert Palladino … J.P. Fielder … Josh Lauder … Jeremy Katz, president and COO of D1 Capital Partners and a Trump WH alum (h/t Tevi Troy) … Robert D. Kaplan, CNAS senior fellow and senior adviser at Eurasia Group, is 67 … Pelosi alum Judy Lemons … Ryan Woodbury … POLITICO’s Ryan Kohl …
… Suzanne Clark, president of the U.S. Chamber … former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) is 66 … former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) is 5-0 … former Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.) is 62 … Atanu Chakravarty … Adam Lerner … Louisa Tavlas, director of comms at the Niskanen Center … Bradley Engle … Rick Reynolds … Chris Spanos … Steven Stombres, partner at Harbinger Strategies … political consultant Joe Duffy … Emma Whitestone of Blueprint Interactive (h/t dad Randy) … Sivan Ya’ari is 41 … Jerry Speyer is 79 … Patrick Morris … Brian Pomper is 3-0 … Caitlin Dorman … Mark Leder … Bronagh Finnegan … Tom Frechette … Tina Karalekas … Robin Strongin … Greg Hale is 44 … Andrew Roos (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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