The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump

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Via The Washington Post's John Hudson and Josh Dawsey, "Former secretary of state Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea Scaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern MORE told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Can we do business with Kim Jong Un? Leadership analysis might give clues Russian defense minister: 'We won't do anything' in Europe unless US places missiles there MORE out-prepared President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE during a key meeting in Germany, putting the U.S. leader at a disadvantage during their first series of tête-à-têtes." 

When Tillerson said this: Tuesday. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Democrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (D-N.Y.) had requested that Tillerson meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. 


Why Trump was not as prepared as Putin: The U.S. expected a short meeting, but it ended up lasting two hours and covering a wider range of issues than officials expected.


Reaction from Trump --  he called Tillerson 'dumb as a rock': 

President Trump tweeted about The Washington Post report that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more prepared than Trump, slamming his former secretary of State Rex Tillerson 

Trump's tweet: "Rex Tillerson, a man who is 'dumb as a rock' and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany. I don't think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!"

Yeah, but -- from The Washington Post report: "In the past, Trump has downplayed the importance of preparation, saying his gut instinct and ability to read a room are paramount for a successful summit."


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Just now -- Pelosi did not hold back on Trump:

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJohnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Mueller report fades from political conversation Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE (D-Calif.) just said she thinks President Trump is egging on Democrats to start impeachment proceedings against him as a tactic to distract from his administration's scandals.

In Pelosi's words: "There's no question: the White House is just crying out for impeachment. That's why he flipped yesterday, because he was just hoping." 

On her accusation of a cover-up: "He's a master of distraction. ... That's something he does well; to distract from problems that he has he tries to change the subject," she said. "And while he tried to say it's because I said 'coverup' -- we've been saying 'coverup' for awhile."

On Trump's behavior: "I will not take responsibility for his irresponsible behavior because we're pointing out the truth to the American people." Pelosi later said: "Maybe he wants to take a leave of absence, I don't know."

Ouch: "I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country." Watch:

Livestream of Pelosi's remarks:


Is it too early to declare 2019 a wash?:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "House investigations of the Trump administration and the prospect of impeachment are crowding out hopes for legislative progress on Capitol Hill, creating a poisonous atmosphere that makes it all but impossible for the White House and Democrats to work together."

The straw that broke the camel's back: Yesterday during a scheduled infrastructure meeting with congressional Democratic leaders, President Trump stormed out after a three-minute speech about how the House investigations are preventing real legislation. Trump blew up the meeting shortly after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Trump of being "engaged in a cover-up."

Keep in mind: Legislation tends to slow down in the second half of an election year, but it is already surprisingly slow in this off-year.



White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersApril Ryan's bodyguard issued summons over alleged assault of local journalist Sarah Sanders: Democrats should 'quit lying and do their jobs' Biden pledges return to daily press briefings as president MORE Sanders said on CNN’s “New Day” that President Trump’s impromptu walkout from the meeting with Democrats was not premeditated. Sanders said Trump “absolutely” intended to stay and talk about infrastructure. “That was what yesterday was supposed to be about until Nancy Pelosi had a closed-door meeting to talk about the impeachment of the president, which is ludicrous on so many fronts,” Sanders said. Watch:



The Atlantic's White House correspondent Elaina Plott tweeted, "As someone who reported recently that Infrastructure Week was no longer a joke, I will be the first to confirm that it is, in fact, still a joke."





During a live interview with The Washington Post's Robert Costa this morning, Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE said "of course" he supports the impeachment proceedings. "As to when and how the House goes about launching those procedural steps to get the inquiry up and running, I'm going to leave that up to the House," Buttigieg said. 



Don't make me turn this car around:
Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons MORE (R-Ky.) warned that the Senate will not leave for Memorial Day break until the chamber votes on disaster relief legislation. Keep in mind: Negotiators have not come up with a bipartisan agreement yet!

McConnell said on the Senate floor: "The Senate will not adjourn this week until we have voted on legislation to deliver long-overdue relief funding for communities that have been hit hard by natural disasters." 

Timing: "He added that negotiators have to reach an agreement on Thursday if it's going to pass before lawmakers leave for the Memorial Day recess, but 'one way or another, the Senate is not leaving without taking action.' " 


New bill -- do you have a warrant, sir?:

Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Wyden calls for end to political ad targeting on Facebook, Google Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (D-Ore.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (R-Ky.) reintroduced legislation that would prevent searches of electronic devices at the U.S. border without a warrant.

Co-sponsors: "Sens. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Overnight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (D-Mass.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility Senate Dem seeks answers from DHS on reports of pregnant asylum seekers sent back to Mexico Schumer backs Pelosi as impeachment roils caucus MORE (D-Ore.) are co-sponsors of the bill and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is set to introduce companion legislation in the House."

For context to the bill: "A watchdog report last December found U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers searched 50 percent more electronic devices in fiscal 2017 – 29,000 devices among 397 million travelers -- than they did the previous year, when they searched 18,400 devices from 390 million travelers." 



Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Sanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll MORE 2.0:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who has struggled to break through the news cycle and move up in the polls, is entering a new phase of the race to try to build momentum.

How she plans to do that in the coming weeks: Make the case that she can actually beat President Trump.

What to expect:




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The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

9:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate met. The Senate's full schedule today:

10:45 a.m. EDT: The House voted. The House's full schedule today:

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryThe credible case for Texas and its clean energy solutions Oversight: Trump confidant Tom Barrack pushed for Saudi nuclear plant construction Amazon taps Trump ally to lobby amid Pentagon cloud-computing contract fight MORE

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with USAID Administrator Mark GreenMark GreenNew policy at Interior's in-house watchdog clamps down on interactions with press Senate leaves for five-week August recess Overnight Energy: Changing climate boosts Maine lobster industry -- for now | 2020 Dems debate climate response at Detroit debate | Dem asks for perjury investigation into Interior nominee MORE.



10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave a press briefing. Livestream:

11:30 a.m. EDT: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (R-Calif.) gave a press briefing. Livestream:

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump gives a speech in the Roosevelt Room on "supporting America's farmers and ranchers." Livestream:



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