The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure on economy | One-third of economists expect 2020 recession | Trump, Scaramucci fight heats up | Scaramucci assembling former officials to speak out against Trump | Trump talks Greenland | Danish PM calls idea to buy island 'absurd' | Eight Dems to join CNN climate town hall | Jury duty pulls Steyer off trail | Pumpkin Spice Spam | National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day 

  

TALK OF THE MORNING

To misquote Salt-N-Pepa, 'Let's talk about the econ-omy. Let's talk about you and me':

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Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant and Brett SamuelsPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE is returning from his 10-day vacation in New Jersey to one of the most important stretches of his presidency. http://bit.ly/2Z0YQfc

Reason No. 1 -- the economy: "Trump, who has made jobs and the economy the centerpiece of his presidency, is facing growing fears that the economy could head into a recession next year amid a trade war and sluggish growth in China that threatens to set back the global economy. A downturn could be devastating to the Trump brand, which is built on a growing economy and an endless series of economic wins."

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Reason No. 2 -- guns: "Trump also faces a decision about how far he wants to go on gun control after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, reinvigorated efforts in Congress to move forward with legislation. The El Paso shooting was allegedly perpetrated by a suspect who espoused white nationalist and anti-immigrant views, which has in turn inflamed scrutiny of Trump's own rhetoric."

What to expect coming up: http://bit.ly/2Z0YQfc

  

HOW MANY ECONOMISTS EXPECT A RECESSION IN 2020:

"Thirty-eight percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics forecasted the world's largest economy will enter a recession next year." http://bit.ly/2NfEKGN 

 

HOW THE WHITE HOUSE SPENT SUNDAY:

White House advisers pushed back on those worries, offering reassurances about the economy. http://bit.ly/2NhUUPN

White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE on "Fox News Sunday": "I don't see a recession at all."

Chief White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on ABC's "This Week": "Before I came to the White House, I spent the better part of 20 years forecasting business cycle and stock market trends and what I can tell you with certainty is that we're going to have a strong economy through 2020 and beyond."

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Z1XEIj

 

It's Monday, Aug. 19. Hope everyone is enjoying recess! 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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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

No, no, seriously! This is not an Onion headline:

President Trump is talking about reports that he is interested in buying Greenland.

Trump told reporters yesterday: "Denmark essentially owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. ... Strategically, it's interesting, and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little bit. It's not number one on the burner." http://bit.ly/2Z5klvq

Why Greenland is valuable: Greenland is rich in natural resources, including "iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, rare-earth elements, uranium and oil." Full reasoning from Live Science: http://bit.ly/2NcbJff

Uh, is Greenland for sale?: No. The Danish prime minister said yesterday: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." And Greenland's foreign minister told Reuters, "We are open for business, but we're not for sale." 

How much would Greenland theoretically cost?: Here's an estimate from Marketwatch: https://on.mktw.net/2Z12IMV

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Scaramucci: Assemble!:

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci: 'Trump fatigue' could help Bloomberg beat Trump if he wins Democratic nomination Will Republicans continue to engage in willful blindness? Scaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat MORE said he is organizing a group of former Cabinet members to find a Republican challenger to President Trumphttp://bit.ly/2Ndga9o

Scaramucci said on CNN's "New Day": "I'm in the process of putting together a team of people that feel the exact same way that I do. This is not a 'Never Trump' situation, this is not just screeching rhetoric. This is, 'OK, the guy's unstable, everyone inside knows it, everyone outside knows it, let's see if we can find a viable alternative.'" 

Which former Cabinet members...?: Scaramucci would not reveal the names. 

And who are the possible Republican challengers…?: Scaramucci would also not reveal those names either.

Watch Scaramucci's interview on CNN "New Day": https://cnn.it/2NcZfUB

  

REACTION FROM THE PRESIDENT:

President Trump tweeted this morning, "Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable 'nut job' who was with other candidates in the primary who got shellaced [sic], and then unfortunately wheedled his way into my campaign. I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence-made a fool of himself, bad on TV. Abused staff, got fired. Wrote a very nice book about me just recently. Now the book is a lie?" http://bit.ly/2Nhzhzs

 

Omfg: 

Make sure your sound is on!

Watch: http://bit.ly/2NcZrTP

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

The campaign trail is a weird, weird place:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2Ni2jyK

 

Run, Forrest! Run!:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2NjzNg7

The caption game was strong: For example, ESPN's Kelly Cohen added, "me on my way to hang out with a guy despite 101 red flags" http://bit.ly/2NeT828

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is back in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Today: Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOvernight Defense: Dems unveil impeachment articles against Trump | Saudi military flight students grounded after shooting | Defense bill takes heat from progressives | Pentagon watchdog to probe use of personnel on border Hillary Clinton documentary to premiere at Sundance Bill Clinton says Congress doing its job on Trump impeachment MORE turns 73 years old today. For context from NBC's Steve Kornacki: "Bill Clinton has reached the age his opponent was at in the 1996 election." http://bit.ly/2Nhoqpc 

This week: Presidential candidate Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerBloomberg not sure Trump is a billionaire: 'Never seen' his tax returns Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE is off the campaign trail for jury duty in San Francisco.

Friday–Sunday: A Democratic National Committee delegate meeting in San Francisco. Keep in mind: Thirteen presidential candidates are attending. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE are skipping. http://bit.ly/2Z2uNUj 

Sept. 4: Eight presidential candidates will participate in a CNN town hall focused on the climate. Details: http://bit.ly/2NhnpgS

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Gabbard calls for congressional inquiry over Afghanistan war report Overnight Defense: Bombshell report reveals officials misled public over progress in Afghanistan | Amazon accuses Trump of 'improper pressure' in Pentagon contract decision | House Judiciary holds final impeachment hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) spoke at a Washington Post Live 2020 candidates forum. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2NePkxS

6:30 p.m. EDT: NBC's Lester Holt sits down with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a special edition of "NBC Nightly News" in Tehran.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day.

  

Alright, we are done here. Everyone, go home:

Spam has created a pumpkin spice flavor for the fall. Where to get it: Walmart and Spam's online stores starting on September 23. Photo and details: https://cnn.it/2YWBiIa 

 

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