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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Pfizer — Trump expected to exit Iran deal | What to watch for in 2 p.m. speech | Why Blankenship primary win would be nightmare for GOP | Tuesday’s key primaries to watch | Why few think Trump will sit down with Mueller | NY AG resigns after abuse allegations | Governor taps replacement | Ryan meets with House chaplain
The Art of the Iran Deal:
Trump: ‘Yeah, nope.’ Credit | Getty
President Trump is expected to announce that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, meaning the U.S. will reimpose sanctions against Tehran. More from The Hill’s Jordan Fabian: http://bit.ly/2K3IyGf
CONTEXT AND WHAT TO KNOW:
Was this expected?: Yes — Trump has long referred to the Iran deal as the “worst deal ever.” On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump promised to pull out of the deal that former President Obama negotiated. European allies also tried to negotiate a side deal to address Trump’s concerns about Iran, such as its missile activity and interventions in the Middle East. But those efforts faltered.
Details of this afternoon’s announcement: Trump is expected to announce his decision at 2 p.m. EDT in the Diplomatic Room. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2wtp1xg
Specifics of the announcement: Unclear. It’s also unclear how long it will take to reimpose sanctions.
New detail — Sorry, Macron: The New York Times’s Mark Landler reports that President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron this morning that the U.S. is pulling out of the Iran deal. https://nyti.ms/2rtsJSx
What this means for Iran: The Iran deal was made with six other countries and the European Union. If the deal falls apart with the other signatories, Iran could resume nuclear testing. And if that happens: Trump hasn’t said how the U.S. will handle Iran’s nuclear ambitions without the deal.
The deadline Trump imposed for his decision: May 12.
Meanwhile in Israel: Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of deploying weapons in Syria to threaten his country. Details from Reuters: http://bit.ly/2I4MVQG
TALK OF THE MORNING
New York’s attorney general is the next to join the #Bye movement:
The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow reported late Monday that four women have accused New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) of physical abuse. Full story: http://bit.ly/2I4AioT
The allegations from two of the four women: “They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent … both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked … both say that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. (Schneiderman’s spokesperson said that he ‘never made any of these threats.’)”
Why this is especially disturbing: Schneiderman has been one of the most outspoken figures in the “Me Too” movement.
AND WITHIN THREE HOURS, SCHNEIDERMAN RESIGNED: Eric Schneiderman said in a statement: “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.” http://bit.ly/2I4AioT
LATEST UPDATE — SCHNEIDERMAN’S REPLACEMENT: New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood (D) has been chosen to replace Schneiderman as the state’s attorney general. http://bit.ly/2Ionayg
LATEST WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION
So real talk, what are the chances Trump sits down with Mueller?:
Pretty low. Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “President Trump insisted a few days ago that he would ‘love to’ speak to Robert Mueller‘s team of investigators — but it’s becoming harder to find anyone in Washington who believes him. Behind-the-scenes: “People in Trump’s orbit acknowledge that the attacks on Mueller are a way of preparing the ground for the president to refuse an interview, and to make such a decision as politically palatable as possible.” What would need to happen for Trump to meet with Mueller: http://bit.ly/2rtiehj
Talk to me, Xi:
President Trump tweeted early this morning that he was about to have a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea and trade. Keep in mind — timing: The scheduled conversation comes after Xi reportedly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yesterday and today in one of China’s northeastern provinces. http://bit.ly/2wkrCJO
A ‘come to Jesus’ meeting, if you will:
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he met with House Chaplain Patrick Conroy to discuss “how to improve the services going forward.” Back story: Ryan asked for Conroy’s resignation, but Conroy publicly fought back and will remain in his post. Ryan claimed that he had sought the resignation because lawmakers’ pastoral needs were not being met. But Conroy said Ryan’s chief of staff suggested it was time for a non-Catholic to fill the post. http://bit.ly/2rrMGIs
Tidbit –What Ryan told Republicans about the chaplain’s resignation:
Via The Hill’s Melanie Zanona, “Speaker Ryan told the GOP conference this morning that he thought it was the right thing to do to dismiss Chaplain, but he also thought it was right to accept Chaplain’s withdrawal of resignation letter last week after all the ‘controversy’, said one lawmaker.” http://bit.ly/2rtK24T
Oh so you’re saying I didn’t personally write that? Hmm.:
Via The Hill’s Brooke Seipel, a booklet published yesterday as part of first lady Melania Trump‘s “Be Best” campaign copied a document first published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during the Obama administration. How we know: Internet archives. Screenshots: http://bit.ly/2rsQauo
Reaction from the first lady’s office: In a statement, they criticized “opposition media” for focusing on the booklet. “Mrs. Trump agreed to add Be Best branding and distribute the booklet in an effort to use her platform to amplify the positive message within,” the statement said.
Wait, they dropped bombs?:
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) May 8, 2018
Back story: Yes, bombs have been dropped to try to stop lava. Full story: https://cnn.it/2I2AKUM
The House and Senate are in today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both at the White House today.
Today: Primaries in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. Details for each: http://bit.ly/2rldhIb
11:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Senate Republicans.
12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
1 p.m. EDT: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing on the 2020 census. Details: http://bit.ly/2K3Zjky
1:15 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House.
4:15 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.
5 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the Federal Judges Association reception.
7:30 p.m. EDT: Polls close in West Virginia.
Why the GOP is really nervous: Former coal CEO Don Blankenship — who was in prison a year ago — could be the Republican candidate to win today and take on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the general election. The chances that could happen: Uncomfortably high. The latest: http://bit.ly/2rofp1J
7 p.m. EDT Thursday: President Trump and Vice President Pence are holding a reelection rally in Elkhart, Ind. Keep in mind: This rally was scheduled for South Bend, but was changed yesterday to Elkhart. http://bit.ly/2K2NwTC
May 18: Netflix releases season two of its controversial series “13 Reasons Why.” Why it’s controversial: The show depicts a teenage girl who takes her own life and leaves 13 tapes to explain why. Details: http://bit.ly/2I6nEG6
WHAT TO WATCH:
2 p.m. EDT: President Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2wtp1xg
2:30 p.m. EDT: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies on the department’s 2019 budget. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2I6dQfh
9:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Senate Intelligence Committee holds a confirmation hearing for controversial CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Details: http://bit.ly/2jEyA2W
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
Today is National Coconut Cream Pie Day.
Talk of the entertainment world:
Last night, the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual gala. Skipping to what everyone cares about — photos of everyone’s outfits: https://bzfd.it/2rssnvh
And because you made it this far, here’s a dog getting a ride on a bike, but thinks he’s the one peddling. You are helping!: http://bit.ly/2rr0kfM