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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump calls into ‘Fox & Friends’ | Says he wants a trial | Repeats debunked Ukraine claim | Hill, Holmes give damaging testimony | Five takeaways | New poll: Independents now oppose impeachment | Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskOn the Money: Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up | Consumer confidence falls as COVID-19 rages | Grocery, retail workers urge reinstatement of hazard pay ahead of holiday rush Elon Musk passes Bill Gates to become world's second-richest person in Bloomberg rankings SpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station MORE botches Cybertruck demo, shatters ‘Armor Glass’ windows twice

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Everyone, please welcome our co-host, Donald Trump:

 

 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE called into “Fox & Friends” this morning for a nearly hourlong interview. 

Watch Trump’s full interviewhttp://bit.ly/2QH7SbG

TRUMP REPEATED HIS DEBUNKED CLAIM THAT UKRAINE IS CONNECTED TO A HACKED 2016 DEMOCRATIC SERVER:

Trump said on “Fox & Friends”: "They gave the server to CrowdStrike or whatever it’s called, which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian, and I still want to see that server. ... A lot of it had to do, they say, with Ukraine. Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company?"

Co-host Steve Doocey asked: "Are you sure they did that?" 

Trump: "That’s what the word is. That’s what I asked actually on my phone call you know. I asked it very point-blank because we’re looking for corruption. There’s tremendous corruption. Why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries when there’s this kind of corruption?"

Keep in mind: “Trump made the claim a day after a former White House official with expertise on Russia, Fiona Hill, chastised Republicans for giving air in the impeachment hearings to conspiracy theories that Ukraine, and not Russia, was a driver of electoral interference in the 2016 election.” http://bit.ly/2rkjI0Y

TRUMP SAID HE WANTS A TRIAL:

“I want a trial,” Trump said. “There’s nothing there.” http://bit.ly/35n8h7l

ON KELLYANNE CONWAY’S HUSBAND, GEORGE:

"Kellyanne is great but she’s married to a total whack job,” Trump said on the show. “I think, she must have done some number on him ... I don’t know what Kellyanne did to that guy because I don’t even know him ... he’s got to be some kind of a nut job. She must have done some bad things to him because that guy’s crazy." http://bit.ly/2KLFh11

ON THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS:

Trump says people went easy on Yovanovitch because she's a woman: "I said, ‘Why are you being so kind?’ ‘Well, sir, she’s a woman. We have to be nice,' " Trump said. "She’s very tough. I heard bad things." http://bit.ly/2KIQi36 

And on U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE: Trump called Sondland’s claim about a quid pro quo with Ukraine “total nonsense.” http://bit.ly/37wdBXE 

 

 

Happy Friday! 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

It’s me, Prince Charming:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President Trump stepped up his charm offensive with Senate Republicans, who will handle any House impeachment charges, by meeting Thursday with a group of GOP lawmakers that included two of his biggest critics: Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Romney blasts Trump lack of leadership during pandemic: 'It's a great human tragedy' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal Lawmakers pressure leaders to reach COVID-19 relief deal Biden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him MORE (Maine).” http://bit.ly/2D3ZLOx

What they discussed, besides impeachment of course: “Legislation to lower prescription drug costs, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal and proposals to curb vaping products.”

REACTIONS FROM REPUBLICANS INVOLVED:

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah): He called the meeting “delightful.” And via NBC News, Romney also said, "[Trump] had made some initial comments that related to the impeachment process, but it's nothing that I haven't heard on TV from him.” https://nbcnews.to/2XHhm8u 

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): Collins said “the vast majority of the discussion was on prescription drugs and vaping.” And she said Trump’s comments on impeachment were “brief.”

Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return Graham: Trump should attend Biden inauguration 'if' Biden wins MORE (R-W.Va.): “It was good.” She also said she got to pitch the president on her bill to protect minors from sale for financial gain. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynLawmakers pressure leaders to reach COVID-19 relief deal The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee MORE (R-Texas): “We work together necessarily to pass legislation, so I don’t think getting together and having conversations about issues is anything wrong. I think senators will do their duty as they see it, regardless of a free lunch.”

TIDBIT FROM John BoltonJohn BoltonDefense policy bill would create new cyber czar position Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday MORE THIS MORNING:

Former national security adviser John Bolton tweeted this morning, “Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned........” http://bit.ly/2reOl7O

He then followed up two hours later: “We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation as National Security Advisor. More to come.....” http://bit.ly/2XAsFza

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Interesting poll — independents aren’t keen on impeachment:

45 percent of independent voters oppose impeaching President Trump, while 43 percent support impeachment, according to a new national Emerson College poll. http://bit.ly/37vOvbG 

For context: That’s a 6-point swing since October, when 48 percent supported impeachment and 44 percent opposed it.

I.e.: More independents now oppose impeachment than support it. 

See the full Emerson College pollhttp://bit.ly/2QHfdIh

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM YESTERDAY’S HEARING:

  1. Hill shuts down GOP conspiracy theory
  2. Holmes gives details, color about Trump-Sondland call
  3. Redundancy is part of the strategy
  4. Schiff, Democrats not waiting for the courts
  5. Where do we go from here? 

Here’s a breakdown of context and what’s next in the process: http://bit.ly/2QIazJW

 

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GETTING TRACTION

I can barely watch this clip. The secondhand embarrassment.:

 

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s new pickup truck, the Tesla Cybertruck. On stage, Musk demonstrated the truck’s indestructible windows by throwing a metal ball at the truck. But it shattered the window. So Musk did it again. It shattered again. https://cnn.it/2OAiS87 

Watchhttp://bit.ly/2OHadku

INSIDE THE CYBERTRUCK:

Via The Verge, here are photos of the new vehicle: http://bit.ly/2QSuarh 

Here is video of the truck demo: http://bit.ly/35sgG9z

IF YOU’RE ALREADY SOLD ON IT (LOL), HOW TO ORDER THE TESLA CYBERTRUCK:

Via CNET: https://cnet.co/2Owd1Re

NOTABLE TWEETS:

If you watch one thing today — I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard:

 

 

The Hill’s Olivia Beavers had a cold while covering the impeachment hearings this week. Her appearance with Anderson Cooper on CNN is incredible.

Hyperlink http://bit.ly/2O8imz4

Watch Olivia talk about it on CNNhttp://bit.ly/2OalXN0

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule. 

11 a.m. EST: President Trump participated in the NCAA Collegiate National Champions Day at the White House. 

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a listening session on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic. 

3 p.m. EST on Dec. 3: The Senate returns. The Senate’s full schedulehttp://bit.ly/2rlXQSz

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EST: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate committee advances bill for national Latino museum Senate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Scammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic MORE (D-Minn.) holds a town hall in Henniker, N.H. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2ObNnCk

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Cranberry Relish Day.

D.C. plans this weekend:

Via Washingtonian’s Madeline Rundlett, here’s a list of food events in the D.C. area this weekend. The listhttp://bit.ly/2QOtOBA

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here is an adorable — and patient —“unicorn”: http://bit.ly/34bXo83