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August 9, 2017

8-9-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump warned that North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continues to threaten the United States. Earlier in the day, North Korea said it would take “physical action” in retaliation against newly imposed sanctions. Trump also vowed that the United States “will win” the fight against the opioid epidemic, but introduced no new policies to do so. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent letters to federal agencies requesting documentation of payments being made to the Trump Organization or any Trump-owned properties. The Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan to turn over parts of the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors.

Washington Brief

  • Four in 10 registered voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance while 55 percent disapprove, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll – the worst since he took office more than 200 days ago. (Morning Consult)
  • Trump threatened “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the U.S., prompting its leader, Kim Jong-un, to respond threatening “an enveloping fire” around the U.S. territory Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The threats came after an intelligence report revealed North Korea has miniaturized warheads small enough to fit atop intercontinental ballistic missiles. (The New York Times)
  • Trump endorsed Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who is facing a tough fight for the party’s nomination in next Tuesday’s Senate primary for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Roll Call)
  • Despite his public critique of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt,” Trump has sent private messages to the former FBI director expressing “appreciation and greetings.” (USA Today) Mueller left a $3.4 million job to lead the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to his personal financial disclosure. ( The Washington Post)
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Trump had “excessive expectations” about how quickly legislation could be enacted. Trump fired back on Twitter, questioning why McConnell’s Senate majority had not passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. (Politico)
  • Most Americans think the American relations with North Korea have worsened under President Donald Trump, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this morning Trump had “basically drawn a red line” with his comments Tuesday threatening “fire and fury” if North Korea were to endanger the U.S. ( Morning Consult)
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation used a search warrant last month to search former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home the day after he met privately with staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. ( The Washington Post)
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) attempted to walk back comments made in a Tuesday interview in which he said Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor “might have factored in” to the vote that killed the Senate GOP’s proposed “skinny” repeal of Obamacare. The office of McCain (R-Ariz.) called the original remark “bizarre and deeply unfortunate.” ( CNN)

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