STATEMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES — at 6:25 a.m.: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" … at 6:29 a.m.: "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C." … at 6:37 a.m.: "The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!" … at 6:44 a.m.: "In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!" These statements were issued on Twitter from @realDonaldTrump
— BY THE WAY… These tweets appear to be a direct response to the conversation on "Morning Joe" this morning. Joe and Mika thanked the president for watching. … FOR THE RECORD: In criticizing the Justice Department, the president is criticizing his own administration.
Good Monday morning. TWO INTERESTING SCOOPS to start your week.
— THE HOTTEST TICKET: Fired FBI director James Comey’s public testimony at Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is attracting “Monica Lewinsky-esque” levels of interest from the media wanting to cover his appearance, multiple sources confirm. Senate Daily Press Gallery Director Laura Lytle, who started working in the gallery during the Clinton impeachment trial, said the “interest level is very similar” to those hearings. “That’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it … The difference is the news industry has changed. The demand for information needs to be faster and quicker.” Another source involved in the hearings said “the buzz is like the ‘90s” in terms of excitement and seriousness.
Top gallery staff are scheduled to meet Monday with aides on the Intel panel to discuss the specifics of how many reporters will be allowed into Hart 216 Thursday. Usually about 120 reporters, not including photographers, are allowed to sit in the press section of the hearing room.
— TRUMP’S CAPITOL HILL DINNER: President Donald Trump is hosting a half dozen members of Congress for dinner at the White House Tuesday night, continuing one of the strongest aspects of his presidency: his outreach to Capitol Hill Republicans. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) will all dine with the president. Rooney is a newly elected lawmaker who was a mega fundraiser for Republicans like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. He was also ambassador to the Holy See in the Bush administration.
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OVERHEARD AT TRUMP NATIONAL: Trump discussing his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement over lunch after playing a round of golf Sunday. Trump’s post-Paris analysis: they can’t even get the weather report right, so how come they think they can get that right?
PALACE INTRIGUE — JOSH DAWSEY AND BEN WHITE: “How Reince Priebus hangs on”: “As White House officials scrambled to put together a Rose Garden ceremony with a military band last week, conservative blogger Erick Erickson blared this headline: ‘Reince Priebus’s Departure is Imminent.’ Priebus, seemingly embattled since day one as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, shrugged the story off, as usual. He spent much of the day with Trump, organizing the Paris accord event, finalizing the list of attendees and the president’s talking points. And he was back at the White House Friday.
“It is the fundamental dichotomy Priebus confronts these days. He is a dead man walking, according to senior White House officials, advisers and others close to the president. Aides have begun speculating about his next job. The Washington Post reported he might be ambassador to Greece. Trump adviser Roger Stone later posted a picture of the country online and labeled it as Priebus’s next destination. Yet he continues to show up for work every day as the chief of staff, even as headlines say he will be fired—if not today, then tomorrow or next week.
“And yet, he remains in place. His greatest job security: There are few takers for what might be an unworkable gig. He stays in the office until late at night and often toils away on the weekend with little control of what ultimately happens.” http://politi.co/2rBC4GJ
LAST NIGHT AT FORD’S THEATRE … TRUMP ON THE LONDON ATTACKS — “We renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life,” Trump said while attending the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala, according to a pool report. “And it has gone on too long. This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end. As president, I will do what is necessary is to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores.” Trump said he had spoken with Prime Minister Theresa May.
— “In shadow of deadly attacks, British election campaign resumes,” by Reuters’ Andy Bruce and Kate Holton in London: “After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, [Theresa] May said Thursday’s election would go ahead but said Britain had been far too tolerant of extremism. ‘Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process,’ May, who served as interior minister from 2010 to 2016, said outside her Downing Street office. …
“While British pollsters all predict May will win the most seats in Thursday’s election, they have given an array of different numbers for how big her win will be, ranging from a landslide victory to a much more slender win without a majority. Some polls indicate the election could be close, possibly throwing Britain into political deadlock just days before formal Brexit talks with the European Union are due to begin on June 19.” http://reut.rs/2s8YPnV
IMPORTANT TEST FOR TILLERSON — NYT: “4 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar, Complicating U.S. Coalition-Building,” by Gardiner Harris and Michael Gordon in Sydney, Australia: “Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson offered on Monday to help resolve an intensifying dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries that threatens to complicate the Trump administration’s effort to mobilize coalitions against Iran and terrorist groups in the Middle East. ‘We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences,’ Mr. Tillerson said, adding a reference to the Gulf Cooperation Council, a group of Persian Gulf countries. ‘If there’s any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the G.C.C. remain unified.’
“Mr. Tillerson’s remarks came on the heels of dramatic announcements by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that they are suspending diplomatic ties, as well as air and sea travel to and from Qatar, potentially choking off access to a crucial United States ally. In its statement, Saudi Arabia urged ‘all brotherly countries and companies’ to do the same. … Indeed, Mr. Trump became so enamored of the Saudis that he cast them as the centerpiece of a possible peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. But such a deal relied in part on the Arab world uniting behind the Saudis as an interlocutor, a prospect made far less likely by Monday’s events.” http://nyti.ms/2qSsrGo
— AP: “Dubai’s budget carrier FlyDubai says it has canceled its flights to Qatar amid a diplomatic dispute between it and other Arab countries. The carrier said Monday that all flights starting Tuesday would be suspended. It offered no other details. FlyDubai’s decision follows that of Emirates and Etihad in canceling flights to Doha.” http://apne.ws/2rsjvX1
THE NEW NARRATIVE — “GOP running out of time for legislative achievements,” by AP’s Erica Werner: “President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made it through nearly half their first year in power without a single major legislative achievement. If that’s going to change, it will have to start soon, a reality that Republican lawmakers will confront when they return to the Capitol on Monday from a weeklong break. ‘We just need to work harder,’ the second-ranking Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, said in an interview with KFYO radio in Lubbock, Texas, over the recess.
“For now, the party’s marquee agenda items remain undone, their fate uncertain. The long-promised effort to overturn former President Barack Obama’s health law hangs in limbo in the Senate after barely passing the House. A tax overhaul that’s a top Trump priority is unwritten and in dispute, despite his recent claim on Twitter that it’s ahead of schedule….
“Lawmakers will deal with those issues and more as Congress comes back into session, and realistically the window for action is closing fast. Seven legislative weeks are left before Congress scatters for a five-week August recess, a period when lawmakers are likely to lose momentum if they have failed to act on health care or taxes, and face GOP voters frustrated that they haven’t delivered.” http://apne.ws/2suWTDy
— “Trump is finding it easier to tear down old policies than to build his own,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson, Juliet Eilperin and Ed O’Keefe: “Voters are still waiting for progress on the $1 trillion package of infrastructure projects Trump promised, the wall along the Southern border he insisted could be quickly constructed and the massive tax cuts he touted during the campaign. Even debate over health-care reform is largely focused on eliminating key parts of the Affordable Care Act and allowing states to craft policies in their place. After being the ‘party of no’ during the Obama years, Republicans are trying to figure out what they want to achieve in this unexpected Trump era — beyond just rolling back what Obama did.” http://wapo.st/2rVzazl
COMING ATTRACTIONS — “Senate Republicans fear ‘train wreck’ in September,” by Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim: “Concerns are rising in Washington that Congress may be headed toward the economic and political disaster of a debt default and a government shutdown later this year. And the chamber most likely to get Congress out of the jam – the Senate – is failing to live up to its moniker as the world’s greatest deliberative body.
“Rather than a honeymoon with a new presidency and Republicans firmly in the majority, the Senate has become a grinding churn of nomination votes constantly delayed by Democrats, and partisan warfare with little bipartisan cooperation other than averting an April government shutdown. There’s no budget, no funding levels for the fall and little talk between the two parties on how to avoid a shutdown and debt default in late summer or early fall, worrying senators in both parties.” http://politi.co/2rBlS8n
THE JUICE …
— HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI will appear this morning on ABC’s “The View” at 11:20 a.m. to talk about the London terrorist attacks, infrastructure, healthcare and Trump’s ties to Russia.
— THE FIRST FAMILY BEAT — “Dressed to the nines! The First couples Ivanka and Jared and Donald and Melania turn heads in their black-tie attire as they head to the Ford’s Theatre Gala hand-in-hand with Jared” – The Daily Mail — 15 pix on one page http://dailym.ai/2qPa2X5
— “Peyton Manning spotted with President Trump, Sen. Bob Corker on a golf outing” – WaPo: http://wapo.st/2qPuwPa
SPORTS BLINK — “Warriors make it two routs in a row over the Cavaliers in NBA Finals,” by L.A. Times’ Tania Ganguli: http://lat.ms/2rVzK0j
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SCOOP FROM SUSAN GLASSER — “Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech: They thought the president would commit to the principle of collective defense. They were wrong”: “When President Donald Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas trip little more than a week ago, he surprised and disappointed European allies who hoped — and expected — he would use his speech to explicitly reaffirm America’s commitment to mutual defense of the alliance’s members, a one-for-all, all-for-one provision that looks increasingly urgent as Eastern European members worry about the threat from a resurgent Russia on their borders.
“That part of the Trump visit is known. What’s not is that the president also disappointed – and surprised – his own top national security officials by failing to include the language reaffirming the so-called Article 5 provision in his speech. National security adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all supported Trump doing so and had worked in the weeks leading up to the trip to make sure it was included in the speech, according to five sources familiar with the episode. They thought it was, and a McMaster aide even briefed reporters from the New York Times the day before that the line was definitely included.
“It was not until the next day … when Trump started talking at an opening ceremony for NATO’s new Brussels headquarters, that the president’s national security team realized their boss had made a decision with major consequences – without consulting or even informing them in advance of the change. ‘They had the right speech and it was cleared through McMaster,’ said a source briefed by National Security Council officials in the immediate aftermath of the NATO meeting. ‘As late as that same morning, it was the right one.’” http://politi.co/2rsh8DJ … Transcript of Susan’s new podcast with Strobe Talbott http://politi.co/2rJTBhM … Subscribe http://apple.co/2kJ9q1U
DANIEL BENJAMIN, former State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, in POLITICO Magazine, “Is Trump Fighting Terrorism? Or is he just tweeting about it, while making it worse?”: “Trump’s steps so far seem to be designed to exacerbate the danger and lengthen the life expectancy of jihadism. … Unfortunately, every piece of evidence from the past 20 years of fighting terrorism shows that the population of jihadis can grow dynamically depending on events. With the paralysis of the Trump/Tillerson State Department, where there are almost no Senate-confirmed officeholders at the assistant secretary level or higher and the plan is to gut the State Department/USAID budget by close to a third, it is hard to envision any kind of future for the sort of diplomacy and development we need to diminish the jihadi threat. Trump unwittingly is setting the stage for major growth in the population of people who would like to kill us.” http://politi.co/2rJuKuN
— “Trump’s sluggish hiring could hamper anti-terror plans,” by Andrew Restuccia: “[T]he president’s counter-terrorism strategy could be hindered by dozens of vacancies across the government, not least a permanent FBI director. Top ranks at the State Department remain largely unfilled, as are some key ambassadorships. Trump has not named anyone to lead [TSA], which screens people at airports, or to run the Homeland Security office charged with protecting the country’s physical and cyber infrastructure. His choice to lead [FEMA] is awaiting Senate confirmation, but Trump has not named a deputy. At the Justice Department, Trump has not nominated an assistant attorney general for the national security division. And he has not nominated a deputy at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence or a director of the office’s National Counterterrorism Center. And, perhaps most crucially, Trump has not yet named a permanent leader of the FBI, which plays a central role in combating domestic terrorism.” http://politi.co/2suXnd3
MEGYN KELLY’S NBC DEBUT WITH PUTIN — “Putin denies having compromising information on Trump,” by Rebecca Morin: “Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday denied having compromising information on President Donald Trump, calling it ‘nonsense.’ During an interview on NBC News’ ‘Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,’ host Megyn Kelly asked Putin if he has ‘something damaging on our president.’ Putin rebuffed the accusation. … ‘Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn’t have any relationship at all,’ the Russian president said.
“Putin said he never met with Trump during the latter’s visits to Moscow, adding that a lot of Americans and companies come to Russia and saying the country doesn’t gather information on them. ‘Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia. Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all, have you all lost your senses over there?’ Putin, a former KGB spy, said.” http://politi.co/2suIHuv
CLINTON COMEBACK TOUR — “Clinton to address Baltimore group that builds ties between black, Jewish communities,” by Baltimore Sun’s John Fritze: “With her first public appearance in Baltimore since the Democratic primary last year, Clinton returns to a city and state that overwhelmingly supported her candidacy. Eighty-six percent of Baltimore voters backed her over Trump, and organizers said the sold-out fundraiser will raise some $200,000. Clinton will address a group [the Elijah Cummings Youth Program] founded to build ties between the African-American and Jewish communities at a time when both have had a complicated relationship with Trump.” http://bsun.md/2qSq8Dk
BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “Dueling Portland rallies end without major violence, but police intervene,” by The Oregonian’s Brad Schmidt: “Dueling rallies engulfed five blocks of downtown Portland on Sunday as hundreds of Trump supporters and counter-demonstrators hurled insults but largely avoided physical confrontation during a tense standoff just days after police arrested a known extremist in the grisly killing of two good Samaritans. Officers in riot gear prevented a full-scale clash between protest blocs by restricting access to Terry Schrunk Plaza, where Trump backers and free-speech advocates rallied for hours in a self-contained bubble within this liberal city.
“Three distinct groups of counter-demonstrators overtook the surrounding blocks, forming a perimeter along streets and sidewalks while chanting anti-hate messages and sometimes taunting Trump supporters under the watchful eye of police. Officers deployed explosives and pepper balls to scatter the antifascist crowd gathered in Chapman and Lownsdale squares just north of the pro-Trump rally. By 6 p.m., each demonstration had subsided without any significant violence and police had arrested 14.” http://bit.ly/2qSkfGk … Protest pics http://bit.ly/2rJc8eh
THE NATION OF CALIFORNIA — “[Jerry] Brown’s first stops in China are in cities that look a lot like California,” by the L.A. Times’ Jessica Meyers in Chengdu, China: “Brown’s meetings began Sunday in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu, part of a weeklong trip hinged on his mantra of climate change collaboration. Sichuan’s rivers and steep terrain have helped make it a hub for hydropower. Nanjing’s Jiangsu province, which he will visit on Monday, aims to position itself as a leader on renewable energy. These local stops take on greater significance amid President Trump’s decision Thursday to pull the U.S. from a historic Paris climate accord led by China and the Obama administration. Officials are reinforcing regional partnerships — with the economic links they provide — in a quiet effort to ensure continued ties.” http://lat.ms/2qSlcyo
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION — “Kalorama’s parking crisis deepens with Obamas and Ivanka Trump as neighbors,” by WaPo’s Luz Lazo. http://wapo.st/2qWz1Xu
MEDIAWATCH — “Of course Washington is plagued by leaks. That’s a good thing,” by WaPo’s Margaret Sullivan: “Ever since taking office, President Trump has been condemning leaks, leakers and the journalists they leak to. … Paul Steiger stakes out the opposite position. The revered former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal (and founder of ProPublica, the investigative nonprofit) put it this way: ‘It is not the publishing of these secrets that threatens national security. Publishing these secrets threatens the secret-keepers. It protects the public interest by letting us know what powerful people are doing when they think no one is looking.’ Accepting a journalism award, Steiger summed it up: ‘We need more journalists revealing more secrets, not fewer.’” http://wapo.st/2qSeVCx
–“Breitbart employees infuriated by colleagues’ ‘appalling’ comments after London terror attack,” by CNN’s Oliver Darcy: “Breitbart employees expressed strong displeasure on Sunday with two of their colleagues for inflammatory comments posted to Twitter in the aftermath of the London terror attack. ‘I find it appalling,’ one Breitbart employee told CNN. ‘It’s a terrible comment,’ another Breitbart employee told CNN, saying it was wrong to make a blanket statement about an entire religious group. … A third Breitbart employee described the comments as ‘dumb.’ Following the attack in London … Breitbart writer Katie McHugh tweeted, ‘There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there.’” http://cnnmon.ie/2qPplPs
SPOTTED: Arianna Huffington sitting on the patio Sunday night at Me Jana in Virginia … Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch yesterday snapping a photo with College to Congress Interns and C2C founder Audrey Henson — pic http://bit.ly/2qPuqHv
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — CNN correspondent Pamela Brown married Adam Wright over the weekend at her childhood home, Cave Hill in Kentucky. “Celebrations included Woodford Reserve bourbon tasting, Kentucky-made Crank and Boom ice cream, and Kentucky Derby bugler Steve Buttleman doing the call to post.” Pics http://bit.ly/2rBnsqX … http://bit.ly/2qX005p … http://bit.ly/2rVr365 … Dana Bash blowing a trumpet http://bit.ly/2s8VB3N
SPOTTED: CNN executives Jeff Zucker, Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley and husband Tom Nides, CNN correspondent Dana Bash and Spencer Garrett, Gloria Borger and Lance Morgan, Sally Quinn and son Quinn Bradlee, Jerry Bruckheimer and wife Linda, Evan Perez, and Elise Labott.
— SPOTTED at Third Way President Jon Cowan’s wedding to Rachel Rosenthal of Rachel and Company at Kinship in D.C. on Sunday: Matt Bai, and Ellen Uchimiya (who introduced the couple), Jacquie Lawing Ebert and husband Brian, Nancy Hale, Jim Kessler, Matt Bennett, Amy Liu, Nancy Jacobson and Mark Penn, and Rhoda Glickman. Pic http://bit.ly/2rVAtyn
RUBIO ALUMNI — Robert Daniels, former personal assistant to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) from May 2011 to August 2016, got married on Saturday to Jane Ann Coleman, at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. Robert is now regional sales manager for Titan Transfer Solutions in Greenville, South Carolina, and Jane is South Carolina sales representative for Ginna Dunlap Stationery. They met in D.C. while Robert was working for Rubio and Janie was the nanny for the Allbritton family. Pic http://bit.ly/2qWQwXN SPOTTED: Robert and Elena Allbritton and their three children, Jessica Diaz, Mike Haidet, Sarah Daniels
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Bret Jacobson, partner at digital advocacy firm Red Edge, and Trice Jacobson, director of strategic communications at the Charles Koch Institute, welcomed their third daughter, Evelyn Jacobson. “[H]er sisters, who think Heaven has come to Earth with a little baby sister they can kiss and dress up from sunrise to sunset.” Pics http://bit.ly/2qS6bwy … http://bit.ly/2sHaU0e … http://bit.ly/2rBeCJr
TRANSITIONS – OBAMA ALUMNI — Former Obama administration DOJ officials Peter Kadzik and Alicia O’Brien have joined Venable’s government division as partners in their D.C. office. Kadzik most recently served as assistant attorney general in the office of legislative affairs, while O’Brien served as an associate deputy attorney general in the office of the deputy attorney general and a deputy assistant attorney general in OLA. They both worked at Dickstein Shapiro prior to joining DOJ.
— Stu Loeser & Co. has hired Jeane MacIntosh to lead a new corporate intelligence and research practice. MacIntosh spent two decades at the N.Y. Post as an investigative and breaking news reporter and previously was director of research at Marathon Strategies. Jake Petzold has also joined from Gerson Lehrman Group to expand the firm’s speechwriting and executive communications work. Petzold was previously an independent consultant in L.A., where he wrote speeches for clients including Mayor Eric Garcetti.
— Laura W. Fornash, former Virginia secretary of education, has joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a SVP and co-leader of its national education practice. http://politi.co/2rBvGPH
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): May Davis, assistant staff secretary at the White House … (was Thursday): Argentine diplomat Federico Barttfeld – his birthday coincided with his departure from D.C. and the Embassy here (where he was head of cultural affairs) to become the first Ambassador of Argentina to Singapore (hat tip: Ben Chang)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ward Baker, former NRSC executive director and president of the Baker Group. How he’s celebrating: “Just spending time with family this [past] weekend because I am traveling on Tuesday with the next governor of Florida, Adam Putnam.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2rrY2xw
BIRTHDAYS: Sam Sifton is 51 … Megan Beyer … David Espo is 68 (h/t Jon Haber) … Suze Orman is 66 … Abeer Al Otaiba, founder and creative director of luxury fashion line SemSem (hubby tip: Yousef) … Bill Moyers is 83 … N.Y. Post’s Andrea Peyser … Mike Heimowitz … Rob Engstrom, SVP and national political director at the U.S. Chamber … Elan Kriegel, co-founder of BlueLabs and battleground states analytics director on Obama 2012 … Politico alum Chelsea Raab, now at FiscalNote … Jordan Ballard … Atlantic alum Matt Vasilogambros, now “hiking the Pacific Crest Trail,” per his Twitter … Shane Pummill …
… Katy Summerlin, account manager at Rokk Solutions and an Issa and Collins alum, who celebrated Friday with a swanky speakeasy party at For Rent (h/t Becca Glover) … John D’Adamo, who runs the D.C. office of BizBash, the events media company, and continues his active involvement in all things D.C. politics (h/t Brandon Shaw) … NBC News’ Tali Deeb (h/t Olivia Deeb) … Travis Brock … Linda Krantz … Karen Campbell … Lester Pines … Carol Guensburg … Katie Visco (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Ellen Fleysher … Riley Dickens … Thomas Michael … Aaron Latham … Raj Khandwalla … WaPo alum Tony Reid is 6-0 … Arnold L. Flowers III … Eric Wind … former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark is 78 … Kenny G is 60 … Mark Wahlberg is 46 (h/ts AP)