HIGHLIGHTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S LATEST GAGGLE …
— ON FIGHTING CHINESE TRADE PRACTICES: “I am the chosen one.” (As he looked at the sky.)
— DOUBLING DOWN ON ILHAN OMAR AND RASHIDA TLAIB: “You vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel.”
— REVERSING HIMSELF on indexing capital gains taxes to inflation: “I’m not looking to do indexing.”
— AND WAFFLING ON GUNS: “I have an appetite for background checks. We’re going to be doing background checks. … We already have very strong background checks, but we’re going to be filling in some of the loopholes.”
— ON THE DANISH PM: “I thought that the prime minister’s statement … was nasty.”
— ON BUYING GREENLAND: “This is something that’s been discussed for many years. Harry Truman had the idea of Greenland. I had the idea. Other people have had the idea. It goes back into the early 1900s. But Harry Truman very strongly thought it was a good idea.” (FACT CHECK: true.)
BY THE WAY: It wasn’t just Trump who was interested in purchasing Greenland, per ELIANA JOHNSON. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a fierce Trump ally on the Hill, raised the possibility of a U.S. purchase of the island territory in August 2018 when Danish Ambassador Lars Gert Lose dropped by his Senate office, according to two sources briefed on the conversation. Cotton has also discussed the matter with the president, these people said.
HOW’S IT PLAYING IN DENMARK: ROTTEN! … WAPO’S RICK NOACK in Berlin: “Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Wednesday she was surprised that President Trump canceled a planned two-day state visit to Copenhagen next month over her refusal to entertain the sale of Greenland … Frederiksen said Trump’s response would not ‘change the character of our good relations,’ adding that an invitation ‘for stronger cooperation on Arctic affairs still stands.’ …
“Her measured remarks stood in strong contrast with Danish lawmakers from across the political spectrum and former government ministers who slammed the president’s behavior as juvenile, undiplomatic and insulting.” WaPo
BREAKING — NBC’S JULIA AINSLEY: “Trump admin weighs letting states, cities deny entry to refugees approved for resettlement in U.S.”
Good Wednesday afternoon. Blake Hounshell here with Eli Okun, filling in for Jake and Anna. Hope none of you folks got caught up in Tuesday night’s epic Charlie Foxtrot at Reagan.
TIME FOR SOME TWEETS ABOUT THE CBO — “‘Gradual’ economic slowdown predicted through 2023,” by Jennifer Scholtes: “U.S. economic growth is expected to ‘gradually’ slow over the next four years under the weight of President Donald Trump’s trade policies, less consumer spending and an ebb in government buying, Congress’ nonpartisan budget scorekeeper predicted Wednesday.
“In its quarterly economic outlook, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the economy will expand 2.3 percent this year and then grow at an average annual rate of 1.8 percent over the next decade.
“The federal deficit will total $960 billion this year, the budget office predicts, increasing its estimate by $63 billion compared to its May assessment. The primary cause: the $2.7 trillion two-year budget deal congressional leaders struck with the Trump administration this summer.” POLITICO … The CBO report
— WSJ: “On Tuesday, the White House held a call with state and local officials that the administration had advertised as a briefing on the U.S. economy with [Larry] Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council. Instead, in the roughly 10-minute call, the acting chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Tomas Philipson, heaped praise on the economy and touted what he said were the effects of 2017 tax cuts on economic growth. Mr. Philipson also cited low state unemployment numbers and wage growth, according to a person who listened to the call. He didn’t take questions.”
IT’S OFFICIAL — TED HESSON: “Trump to move to expand detentions of migrant families”: “The Trump administration would have an easier time keeping migrant families locked up together for long periods under a regulation announced Wednesday by Acting Homeland Security Department Secretary Kevin McAleenan. …
“The final rule, which will require court approval before it becomes effective … aims to change licensing requirements for family detention centers and remove a 20-day limit on the detention of children set by a judge enforcing the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, according to a senior department official who briefed some D.C.-based reporters on the measure. The Trump administration contends the new regulation should terminate the court agreement, but the move likely will trigger legal challenges.” POLITICO
YIKES! … BLOOMBERG’S JENNIFER JACOBS: “White House Relocates Top Aides for Asbestos Abatement Project”: “The work is being done on the ceilings and attic spaces in the West Wing’s second floor, where aides to President Donald Trump, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, policy adviser Stephen Miller, top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and members of the White House legal team, have offices. Those staff members relocated during the work.” Bloomberg
SCOOP … BRIANNA EHLEY: “Federal scientists warned of coming opioid crisis in 2006”: “Two of the government’s top scientists detected the first signs of the emerging opioid crisis back in 2006 and tried to warn health officials and the public of the coming catastrophe, according to a confidential document obtained by POLITICO. … [T]he directors from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health flagged ‘disturbing’ data showing a dramatic uptick in opioid addiction — including among teenagers — and requested urgent action. …
“The memo from NIDA Director Nora Volkow led [Surgeon General Richard] Carmona to agree to issue an official call to action — the most urgent and powerful tool his office has — to capture the public’s attention and raise awareness about emerging public health issues. … But Carmona’s term ended a few months after Volkow sent her memo. An acting surgeon general took over. What little momentum had built for a public warning evaporated.” POLITICO
TRADE WAR REALITY CHECKS — ADAM BEHSUDI and SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST’S FINBARR BERMINGHAM: “Trump thinks tariffs will add U.S. manufacturing jobs. Economic reality says they won’t”: “Firms are indeed moving out of China but are not flocking to the United States, undermining the central promise of Trump’s trade war. Cheaper labor markets in Southeast Asia are the ones benefiting the most amid the trade war that has ratcheted up duties on Chinese goods.
“Those working to find ways to increase reshoring say the tariffs are making it harder for companies to make decisions on where, or even whether, to add capacity. … For other companies, the threat of intellectual property, or I.P., theft and not tariffs has driven decisions to relocate production to the U.S.” POLITICO
— WSJ’S CHUN HAN WONG in Beijing: “China Threatens Sanctions Over Planned U.S. Sale of Fighter Jets to Taiwan”: “Beijing’s countermeasure against the proposed sale of 66 F-16V fighters isn’t expected to have much impact on the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin Corp., but it could complicate efforts to resolve the U.S.-China trade dispute.” WSJ … WSJ original story on the sale
— ZACHARY KARABELL in POLITICO MAGAZINE: “What Trump Doesn’t Get About the Chinese Economy”
NOT SO MUCH WINNING — “Coal workers fight for benefits as industry struggles under Trump,” by NBC’s Heidi Przybyla: “As an insurgent candidate in 2016, Trump promised miners he would restore the industry — and their jobs — after years of steady decline. But as the president gears up his 2020 re-election campaign, coal magnates like [Robert] Murray, whose company has a history of labor violations, have been among the biggest beneficiaries of his agenda.
“The rank-and-file miners Trump showered with attention as a candidate have been less fortunate as their job prospects dwindle and their communities languish. … Waves of retired and retiring miners concerned about failing pension plans have become a fixture on Capitol Hill, often holding vigils to gain attention. … Mine owners are Trump’s fifth biggest source of individual/family contributors, directing at least $6.1 million toward joint fundraising committees, his inauguration and related super PACs, according to an NBC News review.” NBC
2020 WATCH — GABBY ORR: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign will dispatch more than a dozen female surrogates on Thursday to some of the most important 2020 battleground states in its first major push to mobilize suburban women … Campaign officials have billed the cross-country events as both a celebration of women’s suffrage — Sunday marks the 99th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote — and a coordinated effort to train pro-Trump women to become effective volunteers in their communities.
“As of Tuesday, a campaign official involved with the planning said about 2,000 attendees were expected across the gatherings in 13 states. … It’s the first test for the Trump campaign’s women’s coalition — a mash-up of the president’s most loyal female supporters, ranging in background from pageant queens and YouTube personalities to Christian podcasters and political wives — and it comes as the Trump administration grapples with warnings of a possible recession that could make the coalition’s message of women’s economic empowerment a tougher sell next November.” POLITICO
— SURE, WHY NOT … WAPO’S BOB COSTA and PHILIP RUCKER: “Trump critics eye GOP primary race, even if defeating him seems ‘preposterous’”: “Joe Walsh, a pugnacious former congressman, is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump … Mark Sanford, a former South Carolina governor and congressman, said he is inching closer to a bid of his own … Jeff Flake, a former Arizona senator and Trump antagonist, said he has taken a flurry of recruitment calls in recent days … And former Ohio governor John Kasich will head to New Hampshire next month to ‘take a look at things’ after experiencing ‘an increase’ in overtures this summer …
“Republicans considering bids, as well as those trying to draft other candidates, acknowledge that defeating Trump appears to be nearly impossible but argue that a recession or an unforeseen change in the political climate could weaken him enough to make a primary challenge more than a Never Trump fantasy.” WaPo
— SPOTTED: Joe Walsh at Union Trust for a happy hour drink.
— STEVE SHEPARD: “Biden and Bernie the only Democrats to beat Trump in new poll”: “A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll is just the latest survey showing the former VP with the biggest lead over Trump. It has Biden up 7 points over the president in a hypothetical general election matchup, 42 percent to 35 percent. Other than Bernie Sanders, who led Trump by 5 points, every other Democrat is either tied with the incumbent or trails him. … [D]espite this wide spread in the margins, Trump comes in at 35 percent or 36 percent in each of the seven different matchups tested.” POLITICO … The poll
— “Parkland students unveil sweeping gun-control proposal and hope for a youth voting surge in 2020,” by WaPo’s Jacqueline Alemany and Matt Viser: “‘A Peace Plan for a Safer America’ … would create a national licensing and gun registry, long a nonstarter with gun rights advocates; ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; implement a mandatory gun buyback program; and install a ‘national director of gun violence prevention’ …
“It would dramatically increase restrictions around owning guns in ways sure to spark fierce blowback, including raising the age to 21 from 18 for those who want to buy guns.” WaPo
— REMEMBER THIS GUY? — “Lobsterfest: Roger Stone joins South Florida Republicans in praise for President Donald Trump and scorn for Democrats,” by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Anthony Man in Boca Raton: “‘I’m concerned. This is not a cakewalk. This is not a landslide in the making. This will not be an easy race, and anyone who thinks so does not understand the dynamic of American politics,’ Stone said. ‘The greatest single obstacle to the president’s re-election is overconfidence.’” Sun-Sentinel
THE POLICY PRIMARY — “Bernie Sanders introduces labor plan to broaden union power,” by CNN’s Gregory Krieg: “Sanders’ ‘Workplace Democracy Plan’ includes a mix of legislation and promised executive orders, including one that would deny federal contracts to companies that pay their executives 150 times more than their employees or offer wages lower than $15 an hour. The Vermont independent would also push new legislation allowing all federal workers the right to strike and end so-called right-to-work laws.” CNN … The plan
THE JUICE … Sen. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-Md.) is hosting a fundraiser Sept. 23 in Potomac for SARA GIDEON, a Democrat who’s running to challenge Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) next year. Tickets are available at $1,000, $2,800, $5,600 and $11,200 levels.
HUAWEI LATEST — WSJ’S DAN STRUMPF: “Court Documents Tie Huawei to Iran, Syria, Sudan, Describe New Banking Links”
AFTERNOON READ FOR THE E-RING — VALERIE INSINNA in the NYT MAGAZINE: “Inside America’s Dysfunctional Trillion-Dollar Fighter-Jet Program”: “With the critical problems that once dominated both headlines and congressional hearings seemingly resolved, the F-35 may not be the high-profile problem child it once was. But the Pentagon’s efforts to play down new complications raise questions about whether America’s most controversial warplane is actually ready to move into its next phase and what kind of new problems might surface in that transition.” NYT Magazine
IN MEMORIAM — “Jack Perkins, NBC newscaster who became host of A&E’s ‘Biography,’ dies at 85,” by WaPo’s Matt Schudel
MEDIAWATCH — “CBS This Morning” named Shanta Fripp director, Claudia Milne managing editor and Jon Tower senior broadcast producer. Milne previously was senior editor of video at ProPublica.
WEEKEND WEDDING — Sarah Davey, press secretary for Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and a Hillary for America alum, and Daniel Wolman, a GW law student formerly of the Podesta Group, got married Sunday in Philadelphia, her hometown. They met playing soccer on the National Mall in 2013. Pic
BONUS BIRTHDAY: Sergey Brin is 46.
IT’S ALL HAPPENING: Sean Spicer will be on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars,” along with Ray Lewis, James Van Der Beek and Christie Brinkley, because it’s 2019. GMA
Correction: The Danish ambassador who met with Sen. Tom Cotton in August 2018 was Lars Gert Lose, not Lone Decker Wisberg, who is the current ambassador. Sorry for the mixup!
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