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

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

It's called 'natural talent.' Look it up.:

Via The Washington Post's John Hudson and Josh Dawsey, "Former secretary of state Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds MORE told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTurkey and Russia are not friends, despite appearances O'Rourke: Trump 'made a mess of our foreign policy' O'Rourke: Trump 'made a mess of our foreign policy' MORE out-prepared President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Bipartisan House bill seeks to punish Burma for genocide MORE (D-N.Y.) had requested that Tillerson meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. 

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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 Tillersonhttp://bit.ly/2WkxWg8 

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!" http://bit.ly/2I1qxt1

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." https://wapo.st/2M15AmT

 

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HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

Hahahaha — the mad dash to DCA has begun:

  

LATEST ON IMPEACHMENT TALK

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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments 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. http://bit.ly/2VGkRct

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." http://bit.ly/2YIFeHY

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: http://bit.ly/2JB4BIl

Livestream of Pelosi's remarks: https://cs.pn/2wdOdol

 

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." http://bit.ly/2QkHRN0

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. http://bit.ly/2QkHRN0

 

TRUMP SPOX SAYS THE WALKOUT WAS NOT PLANNED:

White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersWhat President Trump needs in his next press secretary  Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House 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: http://bit.ly/2M8CPoy

 

TIDBIT ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK:

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." http://bit.ly/2VFXDDv

 

HOW NANCY PELOSI HAS FENDED OFF IMPEACHMENT TALKS -- WELL, FOR NOW...: 

http://bit.ly/2EtfZlh

 

THIS A.M. -- MAYOR PETE SAYS HE SUPPORTS IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS: 

During a live interview with The Washington Post's Robert Costa this morning, Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 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. http://bit.ly/2HwOEAC 

  

IN CONGRESS

Don't make me turn this car around:
Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJon Stewart rips into McConnell for saying he's 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victim fund Jon Stewart rips into McConnell for saying he's 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victim fund Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat 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! http://bit.ly/2WoqvV5

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 WydenOn The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill Senate passes bipartisan IRS modernization bill MORE (D-Ore.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (R-Ky.) reintroduced legislation that would prevent searches of electronic devices at the U.S. border without a warrant. http://bit.ly/2M2JCQA

Co-sponsors: "Sens. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Mass.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDemocratic White House hopefuls push to expand health care in US territories Democratic White House hopefuls push to expand health care in US territories Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment 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." 

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 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.  http://bit.ly/2JY2c9N

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

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2JY2c9N

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2wbCSVV

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Spotted on Capitol Hill:

 

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It has over 5 million views so far.

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ON TAP

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: http://bit.ly/2JAjo5P

10:45 a.m. EDT: The House voted. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Wisx9o

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Defense: Trump hails D-Day veterans in Normandy | Trump, Macron downplay rift on Iran | Trump mourns West Point cadet's death in accident | Pentagon closes review of deadly Niger ambush Trump hails D-Day veterans in Normandy: 'You are the pride of our nation' Trump hails D-Day veterans in Normandy: 'You are the pride of our nation' MORE

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with USAID Administrator Mark GreenMark GreenOvernight Energy: Trump appoints Social Security watchdog to also oversee Interior | Critics question EPA guidance on pipelines | Battle over science roils EPA Overnight Energy: Trump appoints Social Security watchdog to also oversee Interior | Critics question EPA guidance on pipelines | Battle over science roils EPA Trump appoints Social Security Administration watchdog to also oversee Interior MORE.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2VLAejY

11:30 a.m. EDT: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Congressional Award — a beacon of hope  The case for congressional pay raises McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (R-Calif.) gave a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2VYxqoJ

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump gives a speech in the Roosevelt Room on "supporting America's farmers and ranchers." Livestream: http://bit.ly/2QhRtbv

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Taffy Day.

 

And because this made me laugh, here's a little boy who is REALLY done with baseball: http://bit.ly/2JAI4LL