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 SanfordTrump accuses media, Democrats of going 'crazy' over G-7 at his Miami resort GOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders 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 HurdGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted' 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 ScottBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Rand Paul: 'We deserve to know' identity of Trump whistleblower Bottom Line MORE (S.C.), the only African American Republican in the Senate: Scott called Trump's language "unacceptable" and "racially offensive."

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes 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 GrahamZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate 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) MalinowskiHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters Khashoggi fiancée meets with lawmakers seeking 'justice and accountability' for his slaying 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 CohenDemocrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Hill editor-in-chief: 'Hard to imagine' House leadership without Cummings Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing 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 BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Warren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Kamala Harris reacts to supporter who got tattoo of her handwriting Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE (D-Calif.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Buttigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years' 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 BookerWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (D-N.J.): $4.5 million

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDeVos calls Democratic presidential hopeful's education plans 'crazy' Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE (D-Minn.): $4 million

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeAuthorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance MORE (D-Texas): $3.6 million

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally 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-N.Y.): $2.3 million

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists MORE (D-Colo.): $2.8 million

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis Gardner dodges questions about Trump's call for Biden probe 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE (D): $1.1 million

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Private flight spending soars in Democratic presidential race MORE (D): $2 million

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate CNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate 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) WeldTrump accuses media, Democrats of going 'crazy' over G-7 at his Miami resort GOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff 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 PompeoGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring White House officials work to tamp down controversies after a tumultuous 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 BridenstineTrump speaks with NASA astronauts on all-female spacewalk NASA makes historic all-female spacewalk NASA reveals new spacesuits for next moon mission 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