Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu provoked a firestorm Thursday by banning two U.S. congresswomen from visiting. | Amir Levy/Getty Pictures
JUST LAST MONTH, Israeli Ambassador RON DERMER — an adviser so near PM BENJAMIN NETANYAHU he’s often known as “Bibi’s mind” — stated that Reps. RASHIDA TLAIB (D-Mich.) and ILHAN OMAR (D-Minn.) could be allowed into Israel “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the nice alliance between Israel and America.”
LAST WEEK, the 2 prime occasion leaders in Congress — STENY HOYER (D-Md.) and KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-Calif.) — went to Jerusalem and stated, sure, in fact Israel ought to let the pair of congresswomen in.
THEN, ON SATURDAY, AXIOS’ JONATHAN SWAN and BARAK RAVID reported that President DONALD TRUMP had stated that Israel ought to bar the pair of congresswomen from Israel. Swan is among the most plugged-in Trump reporters, and Ravid is a legendary journalist in Israel, so this report was all however bulletproof.
STEPHANIE GRISHAM — who’s new to the press secretary job — instructed Axios: “The Israeli authorities can do what they need. It’s faux information.” It was a slender remark, saying solely that TRUMP had not directed Bibi to disclaim entry to Tlaib and Omar, or ask anybody to go alongside the message. Individuals near the White Home who have been conscious of the president’s views conveyed the message that Trump could be OK with the choice — though Trump didn’t ask them to go that alongside.
AND, right now, right here we’re, simply 5 days later, and Netanyahu has barred Omar and Tlaib from Israel. TRUMP has confirmed Swan and Ravid proper by tweeting that “it could present nice weak spot” if the pair of congresswomen have been permitted into Israel. Moreover, MCCARTHY was overlooked on a limb by his shut ally, Trump, after advocating their admittance to Israel. And HOYER and MCCARTHY have been snubbed by NETANYAHU, whom they’ve defended and boosted within the U.S.
— SPOT ON, from @BarakRavid: “I wish to let you know a secret: A month in the past when Netanyahu determined to permit Omar and Tlaib into the nation they already supported BDS and he knew it again then. There is just one cause for Netanyahu’s backtracking right now – the stress from Donald Trump.”
AIPAC SPLITS WITH BIBI … @AIPAC: “We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s assist for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS motion, together with Rep. Tlaib’s requires a one-state resolution. We additionally imagine each member of Congress ought to be capable to go to and expertise our democratic ally Israel firsthand.”
KEEP IN MIND: Netanyahu has his personal political struggles. He’s about to face a brand new election subsequent month, and has struggled to type a secure and sturdy ruling coalition.
GREAT DETAIL … SARAH FERRIS, JOHN BRESNAHAN and HEATHER CAYGLE: “Hoyer and different pro-Israel Democrats like Brad Schneider and Josh Gottheimer additionally personally lobbied Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., on Wednesday to permit the go to.” POLITICO
THE STEP BACK — NYT’S ISABEL KERSHNER in Jerusalem: “Mr. Trump’s determination to advocate that one other nation block entry to 2 United States residents, not to mention members of Congress, was probably the most pronounced violations of democratic norms that he has engaged in since taking workplace in January 2017.” NYT
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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING … AARON DAVID MILLER (@aarondmiller2): “In barring Omar and Tlaib Netanyahu in a single act creates extra publicity and political oxygen than any go to may need; makes an Israeli PM seem like a instrument of a US President; blackens Israel’s picture; and erodes bipartisanship essential to US-Israeli relations.”
— SEN. @ChrisMurphyCT: “I don’t like the way in which these members typically discuss Israel, however a call to ban congressional critics from Israel could be a giant mistake. It will do long run hurt to the U.S.-Israel relationship.”
— FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL @DanielBShapiro: “Unique Israeli determination to permit Tlaib/Omar go to was clever. Reversal makes little sense. I disagree with their stands on Israel, have criticized them. However zero hurt in letting them come study, see (even when they’d an agenda). Reversal harms Israel’s standing in US, boosts BDS.”
— RJC’S MATT BROOKS (@mbrooksRJC) REPLIES … “@DanielBShapiro you’re getting a bit forward of your skis right here. Extra data to emerge that can present they’d no intention of coming with an open thoughts or to study.”
MEANWHILE, BEHIND THE SCENES … “U.S. Arranges Secret Talks Between Israel, U.A.E. Over Iran,” by WSJ’s Warren Strobel and Dion Nissenbaum: “The conferences have been convened by Brian Hook, the State Division’s prime official for Iran, and are the most recent signal of a gentle thaw between Israel and Gulf Arab nations, largely led to by their shared antipathy towards Tehran and its makes an attempt to unfold its regional affect.
“A primary assembly passed off this spring and a second was held extra just lately … The discussions amongst U.S., Israeli and Emirati officers, though nonetheless within the preliminary levels, seem to point these contacts have gone past being symbolic and exploratory to mapping coordination on particular points. They have been meant to extend diplomatic, navy and intelligence cooperation in coping with Iran.” WSJ
Good Thursday afternoon. The Mueller report “was downloaded practically 800 million instances from DOJ’s web site between its public launch in mid-April and early July,” per Darren Samuelsohn.
TRUMPERS ABROAD! … SPOTTED: Newt Gingrich flying from Barcelona to Rome. Pic … A.G. Invoice Barr on the Rome Marriott Grand Lodge Flora.
A POSITIVE ECONOMIC SIGN — AXIOS: “Sturdy U.S. client spending in July defies different recession warnings”
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WHAT ELSE IS ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND — @realDonaldTrump at eight:59 a.m.: “The Philadelphia shooter ought to by no means have been allowed to be on the streets. He had an extended and really harmful felony report. Regarded like he was having time after his seize, and after wounding so many police. Lengthy sentence – should get a lot more durable on avenue crime!”
ON THE WORLD STAGE — HALLEY TOOSI: “Trump outlines path to ending Hong Kong disaster”: “President Donald Trump has recommended a path to an ‘enlightened ending’ to the disaster in Hong Kong: Have China’s chief meet ‘instantly and personally’ with pro-democracy protesters.
“After weeks of largely avoiding the subject, the U.S. president’s recommendation — delivered, as standard, through Twitter — is an indication that he’s begun listening to advisers who’ve urged him to weigh in, regardless of his issues over the way it would possibly have an effect on ongoing U.S.-Chinese language commerce negotiations. … It’s unlikely that Chinese language chief Xi Jinping will observe Trump’s recommendation.” POLITICO
2020 WATCH — NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN in Council Bluffs, Iowa: “Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren. They Additionally Fear About Her”: “At the same time as she demonstrates why she is a number one candidate for the occasion’s nomination, Ms. Warren is going through persistent questions and doubts about whether or not she would be capable to defeat President Trump within the normal election. The issues, together with from her admirers, replicate the head-versus-heart debate shaping a Democratic contest more and more being fought over the that means of electability and methods to tackle Mr. Trump. …
“The Massachusetts senator’s prime marketing campaign aides are conscious about their problem on questions on Ms. Warren’s viability. They’re taking a sequence of steps to allay the issues, maybe most notably arming her within the final debate with the speaking level that standard knowledge additionally recommended that each Mr. Trump and former President Barack Obama have been dangerous nominees.” NYT
— DAVID SIDERS: “O’Rourke: We’ll ‘die in our sleep’ if we do not confront Trump risk”: “Beto O’Rourke, blaming Donald Trump for acts of racism and violence spreading throughout the nation, re-started his presidential marketing campaign on Thursday as a singular, impassioned campaign to defeat the Republican president. …
“O’Rourke, who had paused his marketing campaign and returned house to El Paso, Texas, following the mass taking pictures at a Walmart there, instructed supporters that he’ll resume campaigning with a spotlight not on early main states, however in communities the place he stated Trump’s insurance policies have been felt most acutely. … O’Rourke plans to go to Mississippi on Friday, drawing consideration to the Trump administration’s latest immigration raids within the state. He’ll converse at an Arkansas Democratic Occasion dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday.” POLITICO
— THE ENDORSEMENT BATTLE … “Marcia Fudge endorsement widens Kamala Harris’s lead with CBC lawmakers,” by Chris Cadelago: “Requested how she got here to her determination, Fudge pointed to Harris’ endurance as a top-tier candidate — alongside along with her understanding of individuals and aptitude for metabolizing political technique that the congresswoman took away from their conversations. Fudge stated chief amongst her concerns was Harris’ capability to go up towards Donald Trump.” POLITICO
— KFILE: “Marianne Williamson promoted anti-vaxxer theories on her radio present in 2012 episode,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck: “Marianne Williamson as soon as gave a platform to the unfounded idea that vaccines are linked to autism and referred to as on her viewers to ‘be awake’ and ‘do your due diligence’ earlier than making the choice to vaccinate their youngsters. … [S]he was prepared to entertain and provides credence to claims about vaccines which have been roundly criticized as unfounded and harmful by scientists and medical professionals.” CNN
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BEYOND THE BELTWAY — BIG INVESTIGATION from CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL’S KEN WARD JR.: “Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxurious Resort Stuffed With Conflicts of Curiosity: Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia’s richest man and owns its most storied resort. When lobbyists and state companies guide there, he income. Right here’s how the governor, dubbed ‘Large Jim,’ turned West Virginia’s little Trump.” ProPublica
DATA DU JOUR — AP/BERLIN: “Meteorologists say July was the most popular month recorded on Earth since data started in 1880.” AP
BACKSTORY — NYT’S NICHOLAS KULISH and MIKE MCINTIRE: “Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Attempting to Hold Immigrants Out”: “An heiress to the Mellon banking and industrial fortune with a half-billion at her disposal, [Cordelia Scaife] Might helped create what would turn out to be the fashionable anti-immigration motion. She bankrolled the founding and operation of the nation’s three largest restrictionist teams — the Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA and the Heart for Immigration Research — in addition to dozens of smaller ones, together with some which have promulgated white nationalist views.
“At present, 14 years after Mrs. Might’s demise, her cash stays the lifeblood of the motion, by means of her Colcom Basis. It has poured $180 million right into a community of teams that spent a long time agitating for insurance policies now pursued by President Trump … In some ways, the Trump presidency is the fruits of Mrs. Might’s imaginative and prescient for strictly limiting immigration. … The New York Occasions, by means of dozens of interviews and searches of courtroom data, authorities filings and archives throughout the nation, has unearthed essentially the most full report of her considering.” NYT
THURSDAY LISTEN — POLITICO’s World Translations podcast is out with its first episode inspecting the worldwide fallout from Trump’s determination to withdraw from the Paris local weather accord — and the way China is filling the U.S. void. Hear … Extra from Luiza Ch. Savage
MEDIAWATCH — “Spectator to launch U.S. print journal yr after going transatlantic on-line,” by Press Gazette’s James Walker: “The primary month-to-month print version of Spectator US will seem on newsstands in October with its standard concentrate on politics, way of life, tradition and journey. The U.Ok.-based 191-year-old weekly information journal will cost U.S. subscribers $7.99 a month for entry to its print and digital product. …
“[T]he U.S. journal will likely be primarily geared toward subscribers, showing solely on choose newsstands in New York and Washington D.C. … [T]he journal is at the moment staffed by seven editors and writers, largely based mostly in Washington D.C … Events will likely be hosted in New York and D.C. to mark the journal’s print launch, whereas occasions will stay a key a part of the Spectator U.S. product.” Press Gazette
— WAPO: “Kentucky sports activities radio host plans book-length rebuke of Mitch McConnell,” by Ben Strauss … Matt Jones profile
— Kim Castro will likely be editor and chief content material officer of U.S. Information & World Report, the primary lady within the function. She beforehand was deputy chief of content material and government editor of client recommendation. Brian Kelly will turn out to be editorial director and EVP.
— Brandon Tensley will likely be a author for CNN overlaying politics, tradition and identification. He’s at the moment co-host of the Outward podcast at Slate and affiliate editor at New America.
TRANSITION — Adam Conner is now VP of expertise coverage on the Heart for American Progress. He beforehand labored for Slack and was Fb’s first D.C. worker.
CLICKER — Barack Obama’s summer time studying listing, on Fb: Toni Morrison’s collected works … “The Nickel Boys” … “Exhalation” … “Wolf Corridor” … “Males With out Ladies” … “American Spy” … “The Shallows” … “Lab Woman” … “Inland” … “How you can Learn the Air” … “Maid”
BONUS BIRTHDAYS: Dara Cohen, COS to Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) … Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Group, is 72.
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