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February 25, 2019

2-25-2019 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Alva Johnson, a staffer on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, filed a lawsuit alleging Trump kissed her without her consent before a Florida rally and is seeking unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the allegation by Johnson – who joins more than a dozen other women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct – “is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.” (The Washington Post)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in an email to supporters that she won’t attend high-dollar fundraisers, dinners or cocktail receptions with donors, setting a new standard for her campaign that means “wealthy donors won’t be able to purchase better seats or one-on-one time with me at our events.” The Massachusetts Democrat has also sworn off lobbyist and PAC money, something many other 2020 contenders have done that has not precluded them from scheduling high-dollar fundraisers. (The Daily Beast)
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he will sue the Trump administration over a rule that would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals, the first of several legal challenges expected to be launched by Democratic-led states. Ferguson said the rule is “a transparent attack on Planned Parenthood” that would weaken access to many types of medical care. (The Associated Press)
  • President Donald Trump said the United States will delay a March 1 increase in tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, saying there had been “substantial progress in our trade talks with China.” Trump did not provide any details on a future deadline for the tariffs increase, but said if “additional progress” was made between the two countries, he’d plan for a summit meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. (Financial Times)
  • The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to cede power. Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Colombia today to meet with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, and he’s expected to announce “clear actions” in remarks to the Lima Group, a coalition of more than a dozen countries organized to address the crisis in Venezuela. (The Associated Press)
  • Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might declare a formal end to the Korean War during their summit in Hanoi this week, according to a South Korean presidential spokesman. Trump said Sunday that he didn’t expect to lift sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, and said he didn’t feel a sense of urgency for “total denuclearization” if Kim’s government continued to refrain from testing nuclear weapons and missiles. (Bloomberg)
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