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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump, Macron hold tense meeting at NATO summit | Clash over ISIS fighters | Trump calls Macron comments on NATO ‘nasty’ | Anticipation builds for inspector general report on Russia probe | Trump says he’ll be ‘disappointed’ if it goes against him | Appeals court rules Deutsche Bank must comply with House subpoena | Georgia Republican becomes rising star in impeachment drama | U.S. may face French fry shortage | National Cookie Day deals tomorrow
LATEST FROM THE NATO MEETINGS
‘Twas a bit awkward:
What I mean by ‘tense’ — Trump said during a press conference on live TV: “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you,” Trump said with a little smile. “You can take every one you want.”
Macron responded pretty sternly: “Let’s be serious.” He continued: “It is true you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem.” Watch Macron’s full response: http://bit.ly/362SCdt
Trump shot back: “That was one of the greatest non-answers I ever heard. And that’s OK.”
Watch the back and forth:
President Trump and President Macron trade barbs over handling of foreign ISIS fighters:
“Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you. You can take every one you want.” pic.twitter.com/n7ICITIozD
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 3, 2019
Photo of the White House staff at the press conference: http://bit.ly/2rSmSZO
HOW MACRON MADE SOME OF THE NATO MEETINGS AWKWARD BEFOREHAND:
In a recent interview with The Economist, French President Emmanuel Macron slammed the NATO alliance for being “brain dead.” https://econ.st/2PcdxEt
In Macron’s words: “What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO.” He also said the alliance needs to “wake up.”
More from Macron’s interview: https://econ.st/2PcdxEt
SO EARLY THIS MORNING, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED ABOUT THESE COMMENTS:
During a NATO meeting in London this morning, President Trump told reporters that Macron’s comments were “insulting” and “nasty.” http://bit.ly/380x1UR
In Trump’s words: “It’s a tough statement. When you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries.” And Trump proclaimed: “NATO serves a great purpose.”
Keep in mind about the timing: Trump made these comments a few hours before his meeting with Macron.
It’s Tuesday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Hand ’em over:
A federal appeals court ruled this morning that Deutsche Bank and Capital One must hand over financial documents related to President Trump and his businesses to comply with a House subpoena. http://bit.ly/34Hp5G6
Tidbit from The Hill’s Olivia Beavers: “This is why a House Intel spox walked by a line of reporters with a big smile on his face.” http://bit.ly/2rMAdmH
You got my back?:
This morning, President Trump said he would be “a little disappointed” if the forthcoming Justice Department inspector general (IG) report finds that the FBI was justified in investigating former Trump campaign associates. http://bit.ly/2OMow8g
In Trump’s words: “The IG report is a very important report. If what I read is correct … that will be a little disappointing, but it was just one aspect of the report … We’ll see what happens. It’s coming out in a few days. I hear it’s devastating.”
When the report will be publicly released: Next week.
WHAT SPARKED THESE COMMENTS:
The Washington Post reported last night that the inspector general report will say that the FBI had enough information in 2016 to justify investigating his campaign. Attorney General William Barr reportedly told colleagues that he disagrees with the findings. https://wapo.st/2OL8SdC
Who we will see a lot of in the next impeachment phase:
Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, “Rep. Doug Collins isn’t expected to win a coveted appointment this week to fill a Senate seat in Georgia, but the ambitious Republican will play a leading role defending President Trump in the next act of impeachment drama. And in doing so, Collins is certain to raise his national profile, putting him in a stronger position for a possible Senate bid next year.” http://bit.ly/35ZgYFe
What to expect: “As the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the fast-talking Southerner and former Navy chaplain will get plenty of airtime before TV cameras when he goes toe-to-toe with his Democratic counterpart, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), whose panel will likely draft articles of impeachment against Trump this month.”
MEANWHILE – HOW NANCY PELOSI IS FACING TOUGH CHOICES ON IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS:
Via The Hill’s Olivia Beavers: http://bit.ly/2RfmfnP
IN OTHER NEWS
I hate to be the one to break the news to you:
Via Bloomberg’s Ashley Robinson, “America braces for possible French fry shortage after poor potato harvest.” https://bloom.bg/380JM1R
On Capitol Hill:
Moments after Romney says he’s seen no evidence that Ukraine meddled in 2016, Kennedy walks into the elevator with him.
“Mitt says I don’t have to answer!” Kennedy says after I ask if they’ll chat about Ukraine pic.twitter.com/UGuhDGEfhv
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) December 3, 2019
The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in London. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.
4:10 a.m. EST: President Trump meets with Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
6:30 a.m. EST: President Trump participated in a roundtable with supporters in London.
9 a.m. EST: President Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron.
10:30 a.m. EST: President Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
11:45 a.m. EST: Votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2OJG9Wi
12:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
12:30 – 2:15 p.m. EST: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons.
1 p.m. EST: President Trump attends a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence attends a luncheon in honor of Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
2 p.m. EST: The House meets.
2:45 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a reception hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
4:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
6:30 p.m. EST: Votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2rQag5w
Just announced — June 10-12: The Group of Seven (G-7) summit, which is now taking place at Camp David. http://bit.ly/2OHQv9c
WHAT TO WATCH
2 p.m. EST: Senate Republican leaders hold a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/33LPHoe
2:30 p.m. EST: Senate Democratic leaders hold a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2qcDhI6
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Peppermint Latte Day.
And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Cookie Day! Here’s a list of where to get free cookies tomorrow: http://bit.ly/34Gqpcl
And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, here’s a strange bird dancing: http://bit.ly/34Lalpz