The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits back: 'I don't have a racist bone in my body' | Urges Republicans not to back Dem resolution criticizing him | Dems head to Tuesday evening vote to condemn 'racist' comments | How Trump's tweet sets the stage for a toxic 2020 | AOC's top aid becomes lightning rod | Second quarter fundraising winners | Five 2020 Dems pull away from the pack | Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordScaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump Sunday shows - Recession fears dominate Possible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat MORE weighs Trump challenge | Pence unveils Neil Armstrong's spacesuit at Smithsonian | Day 2 of Prime Day deals

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

'I don't have a racist bone in my body!':

This morning, President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE insisted that his comments toward a group of progressive minority congresswomen were not racist. http://bit.ly/2lK9jsw

Trump tweeted: "Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don't have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!" http://bit.ly/2lK8rEg

 

THIS FIGHT SURE HAS ESCALATED: 

This morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed President Trump for having "bragged about sexually assaulting women." http://bit.ly/2lLas35

She tweeted: "Hey Mr. President, remember when you bragged about sexually assaulting women, talking about feeling their breasts and genitals, because 'when you're a star they let you do it?' And then you imposed DOE policies to make it harder for sexual assault survivors to report assault?" http://bit.ly/2lLas35

  

It's Tuesday. 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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TALK OF THE MORNING

Sorry, I can't comment. I have to wash my hair today:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, Republicans have been put in an awkward spot after President Trump started a feud with four congresswomen who he told to "go back" to where they came from. http://bit.ly/2lJ5W58

How Republicans are handling the firestorm: "Most are seeking to steer clear of the firestorm, but a few GOP lawmakers came out against Trump's suggestion."

 

FOR EXAMPLE: 

A Republican from Texas: "One of the strongest denunciations came from Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (Texas), the only African American House Republican, whose district has a large number of Hispanic residents. He blasted Trump's tweets as 'racist' and 'xenophobic' in a CNN interview."

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP Sen. Tim Scott says if he runs in 2022 it will be his last race When it comes to student debt, it is time to talk solutions Democrats call for Senate to return to vote on gun reform after two deadly mass shootings MORE (S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate: Scott called Trump's language "unacceptable" and "racially offensive."

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (R-Maine), who is up for reelection: "I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus ... but the President's tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the 'places from which they came' was way over the line, and he should take that down." 

From Trump's ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE (R-S.C.): "We don't need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies." 

^How Trump reacted to Graham's rebuke: "Trump appeared not to take such pushback as much of a rebuke. In a Rose Garden ceremony Monday afternoon, he argued that Graham was in some ways harsher on the minority Democratic lawmakers criticized by the president because Graham called them 'a bunch of communists.'"

Other reactions: http://bit.ly/2lJ5W58

 

HOW AOC'S CHIEF OF STAFF HAS BECOME A LIGHTNING ROD IN THIS FEUD: 

http://bit.ly/2lcyRhE

 

The takeaway here? Go back to bed and I'll wake you up in 2021:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "The 2020 election will likely be the most toxic in living memory. That's the unavoidable conclusion after President Trump on Monday defended his tweets the previous day in which he urged four non-white congresswomen to 'go back' to where they came from." 

What to expect in the 2020 presidential election -- it doesn't look pretty: http://bit.ly/2lJRkm0

  

HAPPENING TODAY

Making their disagreement official:

The House is voting on a resolution to condemn President Trump's remarks about four progressive congresswomen whom he told to "go back" to other countries as "racist."

From the resolution: The House "believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations" and "is committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin."

Read the resolution obtained by The Hill: http://bit.ly/2lLvU85

The bill's sponsor: Freshman Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey Democrats call for Pelosi to cut recess short to address white nationalism MORE (D-N.J.) was born in Poland. 

 

SOME DEMOCRATS WANTED TO GO A STEP FURTHER -- CENSURE > CONDEMN:

During a closed-door Democratic meeting this morning, Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenHobbled NRA shows strength with Trump House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony MORE (D-Tenn.) pushed to censure President Trump for his remarks, a step past condemning the comment. Yeah, but: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued that the bill to condemn the remarks may receive some Republican support. Malinowski's resolution is expected to get unanimous support from Democrats later today. http://bit.ly/2lMd3d5

 

JUST NOW

Trump defends the migrant detention centers:

Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting, President Trump just hit back at Democrats who compared migrant detention centers to “concentration camps.” Trump's full comments: http://bit.ly/2lKOr4q

In Trump’s words: “They’re not concentration camps. They’re really well run.”

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Five candidates are pulling away from the pack: 
Democratic presidential hopefuls released their second quarter fundraising totals, giving a glimpse into which candidates are beginning to pull away as front-runners. http://bit.ly/2lJFF6K

The top five candidates: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Calif.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' Biden, Sanders lead Trump in hypothetical match-ups: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes MORE

 

The top five fundraising totals for Q2:

Buttigieg: $24.9 million

Biden: $21.5 million

Warren: $19.1 million

Sanders: $18 million

Harris: $12 million

 

Compared to: 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-N.J.): $4.5 million

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash MORE (D-Minn.): $4 million

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE (D-Texas): $3.6 million

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Sanders unveils plan to double union membership in first term The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (D-N.Y.): $2.3 million

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-Colo.): $2.8 million

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperPoll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (D): $1.1 million

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockCan Steve Bullock win? Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Sunday shows - Recession fears dominate MORE (D): $2 million

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee unveils climate plan to support rural communities Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE (D): $3 million

  

Trump may get a new challenger:

Via The Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd, former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford is considering running for president in the Republican primary. http://bit.ly/2lKZ0EB

Keep in mind: The only Republican challenging President Trump so far is former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldPhysician: Biden 'more than capable' of handling the rigors of campaign, White House Board member resigns from Republican LGBT group over Trump endorsement Trump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary MORE.

  

IN CONGRESS

It's grilling day:

Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel and Ellen Mitchell, "Defense secretary nominee Mark Esper will face senators Tuesday in a confirmation hearing that comes as lawmakers are eager to fill a leadership vacuum at the Pentagon that has languished for months." http://bit.ly/2lJzPCj

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. How big of a concern is his lobbying?

2. Will he be asked to stand up to Trump?

3. What's the plan for Iran?

4. What will he do to combat military sexual assault?

5. Can he maintain a balancing act on the border?

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2lJzPCj

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Trending -- this is why we can't have nice things!: 

 

Hahahha, this is incredible: 

 

ON TAP

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

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump has a Cabinet meeting.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/2lKlbuD

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoChina threatens to sanction US firms over sales of F-16s to Taiwan Trump moves forward with billion F-16 sale to Taiwan Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2lJHAIs

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate has two roll call votes.

3:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Republican Congressional leadership. Oh to be a fly on that wall... 

7 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

July 20: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. 

July 24: The Hill is hosting the third annual "Latino Leaders Summit." Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2lKv6jR

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: The unveiling of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit. Vice President Pence and NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineMaking space exploration cool again In-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both From Apollo 11 to Artemis: This time when we go back to the moon, we are going to stay MORE deliver remarks. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2lcNWjc

2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republican leaders hold a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2lL36MZ

2:30 p.m. EDT: Senate Democratic leaders hold a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2lL36MZ

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Corn Fritters Day.

  

It's still Prime Day!:

Here's a list of the best deals on the last day of Amazon's Prime Day: http://bit.ly/2lKV4Uk

 

And because this made me laugh, here's an incredible dog voiceover: http://bit.ly/2lcDo3E