Trump in London

  • President Trump landed in Britain Monday morning and began throwing insults on Twitter, calling London Mayor Sadiq Kahn a "stone cold loser" - https://cnn.it/2HRInzs
  • Trump's insults toward Kahn come after the mayor compared Trump to "fascists of the 20th century" in an op-ed - http://bit.ly/2HQMk7I
  • In a pre-visit interview, Trump called Meghan Markle, the Duchesshttps://cnn.it/2HRInzs of Sussex, "nasty" in response to her criticism of his personal conduct. Trump, then denied throwing the insult toward Markle despite his comment being on tape - https://cnn.it/2MsehqR

Pompeo says Trump's Middle East peace plan is "unexecutable." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the comment in a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders according to an audio recording. Pompeo also said the plan might not "gain traction" and he worried the plan would be dismissed out of hand - https://wapo.st/2MnKfo0


Eyebrow-raising statements from Kushner 

  • White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner said in a televised interview with Axios on Sunday he doesn't know if he would call the FBI if he were to again receive a letter promising campaign help from a foreign government similar to the email that led to the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016.
  • Kushner also claimed he never discussed his top-secret security clearance with Trump despite reports the president ordered his own staff to approve it.
  • He also repeatedly refused to say whether Trump leading the "birtherism" charge against former President Obama was racist.

Watch clips of the interview - http://bit.ly/2Mqqz33


Bombshell. An investigation by the New York Times found Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao repeatedly used her position to benefit her family's shipping company, which has deep ties to the economic and political elite in China. Chao also requested "alarmingly inappropriate" meetings between her family's company and Chinese officials in 2017. The meeting was canceled after government officials raised ethics concerns - https://nyti.ms/2Mq8YIq


Impeachment

  • Democrats in the House are ramping up the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, hoping she will crack on her no-impeachment stance this month - https://politi.co/2Mq9Ahc
  • House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn says he feels Trump will eventually face impeachment proceedings in the House - https://cnn.it/2HQaOhs
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders called on the House to open an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, but warned the Republican-controlled Senate will probably not vote to convict him - http://bit.ly/2HTNFL7
  • A new poll shows most Democrats are in favor of impeaching President Trump while overall Americans remain opposed. The same poll shows President Trump's approval rating holding steady at 43% - https://cnn.it/2HTMLyd

2020

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he will not challenge Donald Trump for the GOP nomination next year - https://wapo.st/2HT8mXx
  • Former vice president Joe Biden has opened up a massive lead over the rest of his Democratic rivals, leaving them to fight amongst themselves for 2nd place - https://politi.co/2HTO3Jz
  • New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tangled with Fox News' Chris Wallace over gender equality during a televised town hall on Sunday night - https://politi.co/2HRISJQ

Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's willing to negotiate with Iranian leaders without any preconditions - https://politi.co/2Mp52HS


Recession fears grow. A survey of top American business leaders shows they are increasingly worried that the country will enter a recession by the end of 2020 - https://cnn.it/2MqGcar


Top economic advisor to leave the White House. Kevin Hassett, who has served as chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers since 2017, is leaving the administration - https://wapo.st/2MtnwqA


The Pentagon vs. the White House. Top Pentagon officials have warned the White House to stop politicizing the military - http://bit.ly/2MpZblK


Pentagon media briefings. The Pentagon has not held an on-camera media briefing in more than a year. Officials tell CNN they stopped the televised briefings because they were worried President Trump would get angry if he saw something he didn't like - http://bit.ly/2HSTHvl


North Korea. A North Korean official who was reportedly executed last week because of the failed summit with the U.S. was seen in public over the weekend - https://nyti.ms/2MAyf2q


Immigration. Visa applicants to the U.S. are being required to submit information about their social media accounts under a new State Department policy - https://nyti.ms/2MpZhK8