THE PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE I am fond of saying that it is the Democrats who are hindering a great rewrite of the immigration laws of the nation. Next time he tries to blame the Democrats, we should ask him this: "How has the clearance of top DHS officials brought you closer to a review of immigration?"
PRESIDENT has been hindered both by the legislative process and by its own administration. If you are a vulnerable Republican senator, how do you feel about the president promising to get harder on the border?
– KIM SEUNG MIN OF WAPO: "Grassley warns the White House not to drive out other senior immigration officials": "The senior Republican senator is warning the White House not to expel another senior immigration official, appealing to the administration against the dismissal of Lee Francis Cissna, director of citizenship and immigration services in the United States, in the midst of a purge of Homeland Security leaders.
"In a Washington Post interview, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said he was "very, very worried" about reports that Cissna could be the next in a series of rapid-fire DHS layoffs that began at the end of last week when the White House suddenly withdrew the nomination by Ronald Vitiello, who had been exploited as director of immigration and customs.
"One, those are good public employees," Grassley said Monday night after the rumors of potential release of Cissna percolated all day. "Secondly, in addition to the personal connection I have with them and the qualifications they have, they are the intellectual basis for what the president wants to achieve in the field of immigration." WaPo
– BURGESS EVERETT, JOHN BRESNAHAN is MELANIE ZANONA: "The purge of Trump's DHS paves the Republicans": "It's a disaster," said Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), summarizing the dynamics at the border and in Washington.
"& # 39; It only strikes me as a frustration of not being able to solve a problem. Honestly, it was not the fault of Secretary Nielsen. It was not for lack of effort on his part. I don't know if it's someone who will be able to do more, "said Cornyn, who spoke with Nielsen on Monday and plans to speak to his acting alternate, Kevin McAleenan, later in the day.
"& # 39; I thought Nielsen was doing a fantastic job & # 39; added Joni Ernst of Iowa, the leader of the GOP n. 5 of the Senate. & # 39; I'd like to see a little & # 39; of continuity. I think it's important. & # 39; "POLITICAL
What this means … NYT A1: "Trump marks an even more ferocious immigration agenda, with a possible return of family separations" by Michael Shear, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Maggie Haberman: "The purge by President Trump of the nation's top national security officials is a signal that he is preparing to unleash an even more ferocious attack on immigration, including a possible return of his controversial decision. Last summer to separate migrant children from their parents, current and former officials of the administration said Monday.
"But the long-term effect of the eruption of the Oval Oval's frustration it is likely that this is a stringent set of policies that also stand out in an administration that has pursued an unprecedented series of enforcement actions and rule changes aimed at reducing legal and illegal immigration in the United States.
"In addition to urging Mr. Trump to review the idea of family separation, many of the president's closest immigration confidants prompted him to consider even stricter measures. These include additional limits on who can apply for asylum; a stronger action to close the ports of entry along the Mexican border; an executive order to end citizenship; more aggressive construction of a border wall; and a more solid embrace of active troops to secure the border against illegal immigration.
"In an administration famous for chaos and the last minute the decision-making process, it is not clear which of these policies the president might choose to move forward. But by removing Mrs. Nielsen, Mr. Vitiello and perhaps others, Mr. Trump is getting rid of rumors that sometimes warned him against taking actions that they considered illegal or imprudent. "NYT
BUT, BUT, BUT … Meanwhile, in Palm Beach: "At Trump's Florida Resort Empire, a quiet attempt to eliminate an undocumented workforce" by NYT Miriam Jordan, Annie Correal and Patricia Mazzei
– "House Dem, experts dispute the legality of Trump's move to replace Nielsen" of JOSH GERSTEIN is STEPHANIE BEASLEY: "[I]A letter to Trump on Monday, representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Wrote that "the law of succession to the department is clear" that, at Nielsen's departure, the temporary task of guiding the agency would pass to the undersecretary at direction Claire Grady.
"The legal problem could lead Trump to dismiss Grady, since she seems to be an obstacle for McAleenan to be able to take the lead role in the agency. "POLITIC … Thompson's letter
HOW TRUMP PERSONS WORKS – DANIEL LIPPMAN is ANDREW RESTUCCIA, "& # 39; I would have preferred not to be expelled as an Austin Powers villain & # 39 ;: From Nielsen to Mattis to Mooch, a president obsessed with the optics tells the exits. "POLITIC
Happy Tuesday morning. "THE HILL TO DIE" it's in stores around the world today. JAKE is ANNA will sit with THE MAGGIE HABERMAN OF NYT at the Murmrr Ballroom in Brooklyn tonight at 7:30 to talk about the book and the news of the day. L & # 39; event … Order the book
SPOTTED: The former Virginia A.G. KEN CUCCINELLI, who was nominated as a potential candidate for the DHS secretary and is a U.Va of 1991. grad, going out with hundreds of other U.Va. basketball fan at the Marquette Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, before the NCAA national championship on Monday night.
Asked if he was contacted to be on the short list for the DHS secretary, he said he was "just here to support U.Va. tonight," according to our informant. pic
HOT POLL … "Biden is still leading the democratic field after a difficult week," by Steven Shepard: "The wave of negative stories about Joe Biden's interaction with women has not overthrown the former vice president as the presumed democratic leader of 2020, according to the first national presidential poll conducted by when the controversy broke out.
"The survey, by Morning Consult, finds Biden still at the top the list of other candidates with the support of 32% of voters who say they want to participate in a primacy or a democratic caucus next year. He has 9 points ahead of the next closest candidate: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), At 23%. "POLITIC
– "Dems of the early years stand next to Biden" by Natasha Korecki and Chris Cadelago
HOT SEAT … BILL BARR overlooking Capitol Hill, via ANDREW DESIDERIO is KYLE CHENEY: "The Democrats plan to use the audition to print the Barr report on Mueller": "The House Democrats are planning to fire Attorney General William Barr on his handling of the final report of Special Adviser Robert Mueller when he appears before a sub-committee on allocations on Tuesday morning.
"The audition is apparently focused on the Justice Department's budget, but it will be Barr's first public appearance since he created a four-page summary of Mueller's discoveries. Mueller team members were openly frustrated with the summary, arguing that it does not accurately represent their 22-month Russian interference survey in the 2016 elections and the potential Trump-Russia collusion.
"The Democrats plan to lean heavily in Barr's decision making process for the summary. "POLITIC
– SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO will also appear before the Senate Appropriations Committee today.
HOW TO THINK ABOUT BIBI … Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu is ready for re-election today against what many believe to be a dream team of former defense officials who have united to bring down the Israeli premier. During this campaign, Netanyahu floated annexing the West Bank. Was he just parking? Or will he use the rest of Trump's mandate to block the diplomatic gains he can get with a kindred White House spirit?
– L.A. TIMES & # 39; NOGA TARNOPOLSKY in Jerusalem: "Netanyahu says that Trump appointed the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group at his request" LAT
– Front page of Israel Hayom owned by Adelson: "IS IN YOUR HANDS" … The first page, with Netanyahu at the Wailing Wall and Gantz taking a selfie
WATCH 2020 … AND THEN THEY WERE 18: ERIC SWALWELL announced his presidential race on Monday night. Why of course, why not?
– ESQUIRE & # 39; S @ryanlizza: "Swalwell was in the same class as 2012 in the class of Beto O & # 39; Rourke and Tulsi Gabbard. They are all friends and now they are all running for president." … NYT TREE BURNS points out that Beto, Swalwell and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) all came to the D.C. after eliminating the democratic incumbents.
– AP & # 39; S SARAH BURNETT: "LGBT donors help Pete Buttigieg to challenge the expectations of 2020"
– FLASHBACK … June 17, 2015, Indiana: "When WSBT 22 asked [Mike] Though he thought of Buttigieg's announcement, Pence replied, "I hold Mayor Buttigieg with the utmost personal respect. We have a very good working relationship. I see him as a dedicated public employee and a patriot."
THE JUICE …
– JOHN ROGERS, who served as executive director of the NRCC during the 2018 cycle TORCH STRATEGIES with a long-time advertising creator JASON MEATH. The company will focus on TV and digital creative work, general consulting and public affairs. More from Scott Bland
– DEPARTMENT. NEVER ALSO SOON – The RNC transferred $ 540,000 to the 2020 On Arrangements For The Republican National Convention.
TRUMP TUESDAY – Trump will participate in the arrival and then hold a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Oval Office at 12.05 pm The two will take part in an extended business lunch in the Cabinet Hall at 12:35 pm Sisi will leave at 1 pm: 35
BREXIT LATEST – With the big deadline now just three days, the British P.M. Theresa May will meet separately with her European counterparts Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron today to ask for the umpteenth extension. Parliament has finally approved a Brexit agreement on Monday, but it needs more time to work out the details. CNN … More from London Playbook
MAR-A-LAGO IMBROGLIO – Yujing Zhang, the 32-year-old Chinese woman accused of illegally entering Trump's Florida retreat, was found with four cell phones, a hard drive, "a malware-infected stick", "a radio-frequency device that detects hidden cameras" , "nine USB drives and five SIM cards," "different debit cards" and "about $ 8,000 in cash".
She was not accused of espionage (yet), though: "After the authorities established that the event that said they came to participate did not exist, she was arrested and accused of lying to a federal officer and having access to a restricted area." NYT
– N. Y. Post cover: "MAR-A-HARI" – @nypost
— MORE on the hearing of Zhang's bail by the Miami Herald, which was all this: Miami Herald
ARAB SPRING IS BACK, according to NYT David Kirkpatrick: NYT
COMMERCIAL WAR – "U.S. moves to impose tariffs on $ 11 billion of EU assets" from the WSJ Josh Zumbrun: "The United States is in dispute at the World Trade Organization for the case of the Airbus subsidies since 2004, and said it was issuing a list of proposed tariff items in anticipation of a sentence to short from the WTO on the case.
"& # 39; This case has been in litigation for 14 years, and time came to the action, "said Robert Lighthizer, the US sales representative." Our ultimate goal is to reach an agreement with the EU to end all inconsistent WTO subsidies to large civil aircraft. When the EU puts an end to these harmful subsidies, the additional US duties imposed in response may be revoked ".
"Although the rates are in response to the WTO case, the move will certainly increase tensions between Washington and Brussels, where negotiators have struggled for almost a year to make progress on the proposed trade negotiations. "WSJ
CLOSE MEETINGS WITH JOE BIDEN – LILLY JAY in SLATE: "Holding my hand with the vice president felt a little strange – when was the last time I held hands with someone? But I didn't experience it as intrusive or disturbing. I remember that I was later disappointed that most of the images in my press that day captured some degree of physical contact with the vice president or president, I could have sworn it was a moment when I found myself alone . "Slate
PHEW … NBC WASHINGTON: "A Maryland man stole a U-Haul van with the intent of using it as a weapon in an ISIS-inspired conspiracy against pedestrians in National Harbor, the United States Attorney's Office said of Maryland …
"The accused Randall Henry, 28, of Germantown, "I wanted to create the kind of" panic and chaos "that happened in France … According to prosecutors, Henry said:" I was just going to drive and drive. I wouldn't have stopped. "NBC … Read the complaint
SANCTIONED – On Monday night, the State Department banned 16 Saudis from visiting the United States for their alleged roles in the murder of the Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Missing from the list: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is broadly convinced he has signed the coup.
TOP-ED – Iran State Department sent GANCIO BRIAN in NYT: "The peoples of the United States and Iran should have diplomatic ties. We can envisage a new American embassy in Tehran that issues visas to tourists, business travelers and teachers. There should also be direct flights from Tehran to New York or Los Angeles. Before the revolution, America was the second largest trading partner of Iran. It should be again. "NYT
VALLEY TALK – Facebook is Google Executives were questioned today by the Chamber Judiciary Committee on how they are handling white supremacist content on their platforms. (hat tip: The Hill)
MEDIAWATCH – NUNES SUES MCCLATCHY, via Gregg King of Fox News: Devin Nunes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee's ranking, filed a $ 150 million lawsuit in the Virginia state court against McClatchy Company and others Monday, claiming one of the agency's reporters has conspired with a political agent to derail Nunes oversight work on Hillary Clinton's campaign and Russian electoral interference.
"The deposit, obtained by Fox News, arrived a day after Nunes, R-Calif., revealed that he would send eight criminal complaints to the Justice Department this week about alleged abuses of surveillance by federal authorities during the Russian probe, false statements to Congress and others issues. "Fox News
– D.D. Guttenplan he was named the top editor of The Nation. For Morning Media: "Guttenplan, a longtime writer and editor of Nation, succeeds Katrina vanden Heuvel, who has worked as a top editor for 25 years." He will become editorial director and will continue as a publisher. POLITIC
– Chris Lehmann he was appointed editor of The New Republic. Most recently he was editorial advisor to the publication and also editor-in-chief of The Baffler. He will remain an at-large editor for The Baffler. (J.J. Gould was the most recent editor until he resigned in December.)
– Candidates for the Peabody Award will be announced later today @PeabodyAwards.
SPOTTED: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) And Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Flight trainer on an American Airlines flight to D.C. from Las Vegas on Monday. They sat in opposite rows and exchanged greetings and fellow travelers as they passed by, for two tipsters. … Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) Monday night at Cafe Milano. The former Republican Newt Gingrich was there first with two men.
BIRTHWEEK (it was Sunday): MacKenzie Bezos is 49 years old
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Arizona Government. Doug Ducey, who visited first D.C. only about nine years ago when he was 46, he is 55 years old. How are you celebrating: "My daily work keeps me busy, even on birthdays. But Tuesday night I can't wait to spend time with my children and my wife in an event where Ben Shapiro will be headlining. We're big fans!" Q & A Playbook Plus
BIRTHDAYS: Joe Scarborough is 56 years old … Jeff Zucker is 54 years old … Alex Witt, host of "MSNBC Live with Alex Witt" on the weekends … Alex Anderson … Cynthia Nixon is 53 … Katie Dowd .. .Interior & # 39; s Caroline Boulton … Larry Kamer (h / t Jon Haber) … David MacKay … POLITICAL Alexandra Manzano and Molly Dunphy … Mike Berman, president emeritus of the Duberstein group, is 8-0 … The Hill's Miranda Green … Elizabeth Santorum … Neal Kemkar … Brad Perseke, a GMMB partner … Samantha Cotten, press secretary of America Rising (ht Sarah Dolan) … Ross Wallenstein of Marathon Strategies is 41 years old … WJLA & # 39; s Brett Holton … Jon Silvan, founding partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group (ht Erin Billings) … the former Swiss president Alain Berset has 47 years …
… Amy Dudley, chief spokesman for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative … Stephanie Dreyer … Lucia Graves of the Guardian … GOP operative agent Dennis Lennox … Paul Jhin … Roy Ramthun … Todd Foley, SVP for government policy and business at the American Council on Renewable Energy … Christopher Turman, SVP of National Strategies, is 48 years old … Frank Gargon, former staff member of Joe Kennedy and president of the Andino group (ht t Chris Lapetina). .. Facebook Brittany Uter … Ali Aslan. .. Emma Allen … Jill Gershenson-Cohen … Allen Jamerson … Rob Green … David Mork … Jeff Kepnes, senior EP for MSNBC specials … Ryan Webb is 49 years old … Gregory Flap Cole … Bonnie Campbell … Eric Norrby (h / ts Teresa Vilmain)