GET THE HINT? … FROM WAPO’S BOB COSTA, the pooler from Monday’s VP MIKE PENCE trip to South Carolina: “This is VPOTUS’s third trip this year to South Carolina, which happens to be a key state in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Past headliners for Duncan’s BBQ include Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). …
… “Spotted here as VPOTUS takes tour: Sean Spicer, Linda McMahon, and John Brabender, a longtime political strategist for VPOTUS, who was seen huddling with … Marc Short. … VPOTUS heaped praise on Senator Graham and Representative Duncan, two power brokers in the state, then said POTUS was a ‘little bit jealous’ that VPOTUS was here today.”
NEWS ANALYSIS, WRAP UP … NYT’S PETER BAKER in Biarritz, France, on A1: “As Trump Swerves on Trade War, It’s Whiplash for the Rest of the World”: “Remember when President Xi Jinping of China was the ‘enemy’? That was so Friday. As of Monday, according to President Trump, Mr. Xi was ‘a great leader’ and a ‘brilliant man.’
“What about that edict by Mr. Trump, who ‘hereby ordered’ American companies to leave China? Three days later, he was positive he would get a trade deal and, if so, then firms should ‘stay there and do a great job.’
“Mr. Trump spent the weekend in France insisting that he was not having a debate with his fellow world leaders, but at times it seemed like he was having a debate with himself. Day by day, even hour by hour, his approach to the trade war with China, the most consequential economic conflict on the planet, veered back and forth, leaving much of the world with geopolitical whiplash.” NYT
— GABBY ORR in Biarritz: “‘Sorry, it’s the way I negotiate’: Trump confounds the world at wild G7”: “It was typical Trump on display on the world stage, refusing to be boxed in by anyone on anything. The president’s meandering statements and conflicting remarks left aides and allies alike guessing at his intended course of action — and his critics reviving questions about his fitness for office.”
IRAN TO TRUMP: NAH … REUTERS: “Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted”: “Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran’s president under the right circumstances to end a confrontation that began when Washington pulled out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. Trump also said talks were under way to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Iran’s economy afloat.
“Rouhani said Iran was always ready to hold talks. ‘But first the U.S. should act by lifting all illegal, unjust and unfair sanctions imposed on Iran,’ he said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.” Reuters
POLITICO EUROPE’S ANCA GURZU: “Brazil rejects G7 Amazon money”: “The Brazilian government rejected an offer for a fund from the G7 members to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest.
“G7 leaders, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Biarritz, France, agreed Monday to set up a $20 million fund to help Brazil tackle the ravaging fires, which have sparked international concern and condemnation.”
“Brazil[’s] Ambassador to France Luís Fernando Serra said on French TV today that his country is rejecting the aid because the decision was taken without involving his country and the ‘language is ambiguous.’ ‘We refuse because we see interference. [It’s] help we didn’t ask for,’ he said. ‘The G7 help was decided without Brazil.’” POLITICO Europe
MIAMI HERALD: “Trump says Miami will probably host next year’s G-7 summit — at his own Doral resort,” by David Smiley: “If Trump has selected his Doral resort to host the summit, it comes as a surprise to Miami-Dade’s hospitality arm, which is typically aware of large conventions and events. Jennifer Diaz, a spokeswoman for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the organization has ‘not been involved in any discussions regarding the G-7 Summit.’
“A spokesperson at the office of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday that, despite global interest in the president’s remarks, the county government has heard nothing from Washington about the potential G-7 summit.
“‘The mayor’s office has not received any communication from the White House or any agency from the federal government about having a G-7 summit in 2020,’ said Myriam Marquez, communications director for Gimenez. ‘We’re getting calls from all over on this.’” Miami Herald
WHAT’S ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND — @realDonaldTrump at 10:30 p.m.: “Just returned to Washington from France and the very successful G-7, only to find that the Fake News is still trying to perpetuate the phony story that I wanted to use Nuclear weapons to blow up hurricanes before they reach shore. This is so ridiculous, never happened!”
TRADE WARS … BEIJING’S VIEW … REUTERS: “China says it hopes U.S. can create conditions for trade talks”: “China’s foreign ministry reiterated on Tuesday that it had not heard of any recent telephone call between the United States and China on trade, and said it hopes Washington can stop its wrong actions and create conditions for talks.
“Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a news briefing, after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there had been contact between the two sides but declined to say with whom.” Reuters
Good Tuesday morning. SPOTTED: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and her husband, pollster Stan Greenberg, having dinner at La Cambusa in Positano, Italy. Pic
AIR WARS … EVERYTOWN, the gun control group, is running ads urging Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL and Sens. CORY GARDNER, MARCO RUBIO and RICK SCOTT to support gun control — background checks and a red flag law. The ad run is more than $350,000 across the multiple markets. The Gardner ad, which will run on Denver TV… The McConnell ad, which will run in Louisville and national cable, including “New Day,” “Morning Joe” and “Fox and Friends” … The Rubio spot, which will run in Miami… The Scott ad, which will run in Naples/Ft. Myers
— BURGESS EVERETT: “Pat Toomey: Odds for background checks better than ever”: “President Donald Trump has wavered on expanding background checks on gun sales — but the lead GOP sponsor of the effort says there’s still a better chance of succeeding than ever before.
“In an interview Monday, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey said he spoke with Trump late last week and that the president is still ‘very interested’ in moving forward with a proposal modeled off Toomey’s bipartisan bill with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). That legislation will likely have to be modified to attract more Republican support and will be more modest than the House-passed legislation to require universal background checks, according to senators involved in the issue.” POLITICO
— MEANWHILE … WSJ: “Private Jets Ferried Relatives of NRA Chief Executive,” by Mark Maremont
MORE ON RYAN’S POST-SPEAKERSHIP LIFE … JANESVILLE GAZETTE: “Ryan joins SHINE Medical Technologies’ board of directors”: “Paul Ryan has been appointed to SHINE Medical Technologies’ board of directors, SHINE officials said. Janesville-based molybdenum-99 producer SHINE announced the appointment of the Janesville native and former U.S. House Speaker in a news release Monday.” Janesville Gazette
INSIDE THE DOUGH … MJ HEGAR, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas, made $99,000 delivering speeches in 2018 and 2019, per her financial disclosure report. Netflix also paid her an optioning fee, and she made nearly $26,000 on book royalties.
2020 WATCH …
— BEN SCHRECKINGER: “Execs claim Biden’s brother offered Biden’s help promoting business venture”: “Joe Biden’s younger brother told potential business partners that the former vice president would help their firm land business with court systems and would incorporate their health care model into his 2020 presidential campaign, according to new allegations made in a court filing in Tennessee.
“The allegations are consistent with others made over the years that relatives of Biden have sought to enrich themselves off of his public service. But they go further, representing the first explicit claims that James Biden offered to have the former vice president use his clout to further private business interests.
“The allegations come in sworn declarations made by executives at firms suing Biden’s brother that were filed in federal court on Friday. They do not allege any wrongdoing by Joe Biden or indicate that the former vice president had knowledge of his brother’s alleged promises.” POLITICO
— BOSTON GLOBE: “Kennedy confirms he’s interested in Senate primary: ‘I’m not sure this is a moment for waiting,’” by Joshua Miller: “Representative Joe Kennedy III, scion of the state’s political dynasty, acknowledged Monday he is considering a run for US Senate in 2020, raising the prospect he could challenge Senator Edward J. Markey in a blockbuster primary that would pit two liberal Democrats separated more by age than ideology.
“Kennedy also filed key paperwork to prepare for a Senate run, creating a campaign fund-raising committee for a potential statewide bid and submitting a statement of candidacy for the Senate, records show. …
“‘I hear the folks who say I should wait my turn, but with due respect — I’m not sure this is a moment for waiting,’ wrote Kennedy, of Newton, who was first elected to Congress in 2012. ‘Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it. I’ve got some ideas on how to do that.’” Boston Globe
— “What Elizabeth Warren Is Quietly Telling Democratic Insiders,” by NYT’s Jonathan Martin in San Francisco: “As Ms. Warren steadily rises in the polls she is working diligently to protect her left flank, lining up with progressives on nearly every issue and trying to defuse potential attacks from supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. ‘I’m with Bernie,’ she responds when asked about what is perhaps the most contentious issue of the primary race: ‘Medicare for all.’
“Yet publicly, and even more in private, she is signaling to party leaders that, far from wanting to stage a ‘political revolution’ in the fashion of Mr. Sanders, she wants to revive the beleaguered Democratic National Committee and help recapture the Senate while retaining the House in 2020.” NYT
EPSTEIN UPDATE … WAPO: “Investigators scrutinizing video outside Epstein’s cell find some footage unusable, according to people familiar with the inquiry,” by Carol Leonnig and Matt Zapotosky: “At least one camera in the hallway outside the cell where authorities say registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself earlier this month had footage that is unusable, although other, clearer footage was captured in the area, according to three people briefed on the evidence gathered earlier this month.
“It was not immediately clear why some video footage outside Epstein’s cell is too flawed for investigators to use or what is visible in the usable footage. The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which are attempting to determine what happened and how to assess whether any policies were violated or crimes committed.” WaPo
RECESS READING — “Trial of High-Powered Lawyer Gregory Craig Exposes Seamy Side of Washington’s Elite,” by NYT’s Sharon LaFraniere: “Mr. Craig’s trial has supplanted any image of Washington’s elite as sage Brahmins with a vivid picture of the ruling class at its avaricious worst. The details include a $4 million payment shunted through a secret offshore account to Mr. Craig’s law firm, a backdated invoice, a lying publicist, a scheme to net one player’s daughter a cushy job and a bungled wiretap by a suspected Russian intelligence asset nicknamed ‘the angry midget.’
“Taken together, they illustrate how lawyers, lobbyists and public relations specialists leapt onto slippery ethical slopes to cash in on a foreign government’s hopes of papering over its sordid reputation.” NYT
TRUMP’S TUESDAY — The president will have lunch with Pence at 12:30 p.m.
HARVARD CRIMSON: “Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked,” by Shera Avi-Yonah and Delano Franklin: “While most Harvard freshmen settle into their dorms Tuesday, one new student, Ismail B. Ajjawi ’23, faces ongoing negotiations with immigration officers to allow him to enter the United States and study at the College.
“U.S. officials deported Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian resident of Tyre, Lebanon, Friday night shortly after he arrived at Boston Logan International Airport. Before canceling Ajjawi’s visa, immigration officers subjected him to hours of questioning — at one point leaving to search his phone and computer — according to a written statement by Ajjawi. …
“Ajjawi wrote that he spent eight hours in Boston before he was required to leave. Upon arrival, Ajjawi faced questioning from immigration officials along with several other international students. While the other students were allowed to leave, Ajjawi alleges an immigration officer continued to question him about his religion and religious practices in Lebanon.
“The same officer then asked him to unlock his phone and laptop, and left to search them for roughly five hours, Ajjawi alleges. After the search, the officer questioned him about his friends’ social media activity.” Harvard Crimson
WASHINGTON INC. — “Top MPAA Executive Steven Fabrizio Fired Amid Sexual Abuse, Blackmail Charges,” by Variety’s Nate Nickolai and Matt Donnelly: “Steven Fabrizio, a top executive at the Motion Picture Association of America, has been fired following charges of second degree sexual abuse and blackmail. Fabrizio served as general counsel to the trade group, which represents the interests of Hollywood on Capitol Hill. He was charged on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
“On Monday morning, MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin informed his board — which includes all of the major studios and Netflix — that Fabrizio was dismissed ‘for violating certain terms of employment.’ Daniel Robbins has been appointed interim general counsel as a replacement is found, Rivkin added.” Variety
WEED READ — “Justice Department Takes Step Toward Expanding Marijuana Research,” by WSJ’s Sadie Gurman: “The Drug Enforcement Administration, part of the Justice Department, will begin advancing more than two dozen applications from entrepreneurs, a university professor, a former Navy SEAL and others hoping to study the potential health benefits of marijuana as society takes a more tolerant view of its use.” WSJ
AP/MARYSVILLE, MICH.: “Candidate who wanted Michigan city as white ‘as possible’ ends run”: “A City Council candidate in Michigan who said last week that she wants to keep her community white ‘as much as possible’ withdrew from the council race on Monday.
“Jean Cramer went to Marysville City Hall to say she was leaving the race and later, at the request of city officials, put her withdrawal in writing in a one-sentence letter that did not give a reason for why she dropped out, the Times Herald in Port Huron reported. Her name will remain on the Nov. 5 election ballot.
“Cramer, 67, created a furor after a moderator at an election forum Thursday asked her and the other candidates if the city should do more to attract foreign-born residents. Cramer replied: ‘Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible.’ She added: ‘White. Seriously. In other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people.’” AP
IMMIGRATION FILES — “Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court for Power to Enforce Asylum Rule,” by WSJ’s Jess Bravin: “The Trump administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court for authority to immediately begin denying asylum to Central Americans who show up at the U.S. border without first seeking refugee status in Mexico or other countries they traveled through.
“Federal courts in California had blocked implementation of the administration’s interim rule, finding that the Justice and Homeland Security departments skirted federal Administrative Procedure Act requirements that proposed rules be published for public notice and comment before taking effect.
“Four immigrant-rights groups had sued to stop the rule; Monday’s application, filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, argued that the groups lack legal standing to bring the lawsuit. Additionally, the administration contended that the rule was necessary to lessen the ‘crushing burden’ a surge of such asylum seekers has imposed on the U.S. immigration system.” WSJ
— “California leads multistate lawsuit over migrant children detention rules,” by Angela Hart: POLITICO
PHOTOS — “The Burning Amazon Rainforest,” curated by The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor
COMING ATTRACTIONS — BLOOMBERG’S @JenniferJJacobs: “Ivanka Trump to travel to Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay Sept 3-6, State Dept says.”
MEDIAWATCH — SIREN … “At the New York Times, Bedbugs,” by Slate’s Ashley Feinberg: “The second, third, and fourth floors, in addition to being the newfound home of a small army of bloodsucking parasites, also happen to house the entirety of the Times’ newsroom. A source inside the newsroom has confirmed that people are ‘freaking out’ and taking photos of the cordoned-off areas.”Slate
— HAPPENING TODAY: Playboy’s White House correspondent Brian Karem, whose press pass was suspended until mid-September, get his day in court. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras is due to hear the case today.
— BERNIE SANDERS released his “plan for journalism” Monday via an op-ed in CJR. His ideas include greater scrutiny of media industry mergers, promotion of employee ownership and new leadership at the FCC.
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WHITE HOUSE DEPARTURE LOUNGE — Katy Talento is launching a new firm, KFT Consulting, advising employers and others on health care and benefits. She previously was a special assistant to the president on the Domestic Policy Council, where she was lead health adviser to Trump.
TRANSITIONS — Andrew Romeo is joining Sen. Thom Tillis’ (R-N.C.) reelection campaign as communications director. He previously was communications director for Rep. John Joyce (R-Pa.). … Katherine Flocken is joining Allon Advocacy as a senior policy adviser. She previously was senior government relations specialist at Arent Fox.
ENGAGED — Michael Weber, a software developer, proposed to Marina Villeneuve, state government and politics reporter at the AP, on a pier near Greenwich Village, where he later surprised her with their families and her best friend. They met seven years ago on a blind date starting at Penn Station, when they had pizza and got made fun of by Amy Schumer at the Comedy Cellar. Pic
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Elizabeth Daigneau, most recently managing editor of Governing magazine, and Stefano Terricola, construction executive at Gilbane Development Company, welcomed Matteo. Pic … Another pic
BIRTHWEEK (was Monday): National Journal’s Harrison Cramer (hat tip: Zach Cohen)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Josh Paciorek, communications director for Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.). What he’s been reading recently: “I just finished reading Tim Alberta’s ‘American Carnage.’ The book provided a really in-depth look at how the GOP has changed over the past decade. But on the lighter side, Fred Upton’s office just started a book club and we recently finished our first book — ‘Before I Go to Sleep.’ It was a great thriller and a quick read.” Playbook Plus Q&A
BIRTHDAYS: Roger Stone is 67 … Josh Mankiewicz, correspondent for NBC’s “Dateline,” is 64 … New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is 61 … Ashley Moir, booker and panel producer for Fox News’ “Special Report” … Rachel Racusen … Steve Clemons, editor-at-large at The Hill … former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is 76 … former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) is 68 … Jennifer Senior is 5-0 … Mac Abrams … POLITICO’s Darius Dixon, Megan Cassella and Lydia Jabin … Jedd Rosche, CNN senior Congress editor … Sarah Gamard … Xavier Pugliese … Peter Sterne … Blake Sobczak, a deputy editor at E&E News … Morris Jones … Pete Boyle, VP of public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities … Christopher LaPrade, senior manager of global relations at the American Chemical Society (h/t Steven Overly) …
… Brandt McCool, CTO at New Blue Interactive (h/t father-in-law Randall Samborn) … Jason Houser … Ty Matsdorf … Melissa Sellers … Jim Osman … Biruk Bekele … Benjamin Haas is 33 (h/t Morgan Dwyer) … Kelsey Berg … Edelman’s Polly Mingledorff … Francesca McCrary … Sarah Schenning … Peter Rothfeld … Moutray McLaren … Linda McKay … Marilyn Renner … Jon Kinney … POLITICO Europe’s Pierre Teheux … Megan Wilburn … Donald St. Clair … Danielle Weisberg, co-founder of theSkimm … Nicole Charalambous … Bill Hamilton … Mindy Tucker Fletcher … Ruth Harkin … Leah Daughtry (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Jeannette O’Connor … Christopher S. Brown … August Skamenca … Christine O’Donnell is 5-0 … Naomi LaChance … Katrina Salhioui
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