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

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment talk stalls work in Congress | Pelosi tries to fend off the impeachment push | Buttigieg would support impeachment proceedings | McConnell demands vote on disaster bill before break | Tillerson told lawmakers Putin out-prepared Trump at talks | Trump fires back at 'dumb as a rock' Tillerson | How Harris aims to rejuvenate her campaign | Chef José Andrés on Capitol Hill



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Via The Washington Post's John Hudson and Josh Dawsey, "Former secretary of state Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDiplomats describe all-time low in morale at State under Trump Trump sends nomination for Russia ambassador to Senate Democrats eye Pompeo testimony MORE told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump The Russo-Chinese alliance emerges Russia's snub of Geneva Convention protocol sets dangerous precedent MORE out-prepared President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 EngelOvernight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan House chairman joins with European counterparts to slam Trump's Syria withdrawal Pelosi, delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan 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."


It’s Thursday.  So close to the holiday weekend! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him 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 SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' 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: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race 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 McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports 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 WydenHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out US ban on China tech giant faces uncertainty a month out Hillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship MORE (D-Ore.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul confronted over 'Republican bullshit' in restaurant This week: Tensions flare over Schiff, impeachment inquiry Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate 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 MarkeyDemocrats introduce SWAMP Act to ban meetings with foreign leaders at Trump properties Flight attendant union endorses Markey in Senate primary battle Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs MORE (D-Mass.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDemocrats introduce SWAMP Act to ban meetings with foreign leaders at Trump properties Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick 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 HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special 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 PerryOvernight Energy: Watchdog warns of threats to federal workers on public lands | Perry to step down on December 1 | Trump declines to appear in Weather Channel climate special Perry to step down on December 1 Here's what to watch this week on impeachment MORE

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with USAID Administrator Mark GreenMark GreenInterior gains new watchdog We need a new structure to secure our border Tackling China in modern Cold War 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 McCarthyHouse rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff Poll: 14 percent of GOP voters say Trump should be impeached Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate 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:



Today is National Taffy Day.


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