The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure on economy | One-third of economists expect 2020 recession | Trump, Scaramucci fight heats up | Scaramucci assembling former officials to speak out against Trump | Trump talks Greenland | Danish PM calls idea to buy island ‘absurd’ | Eight Dems to join CNN climate town hall | Jury duty pulls Steyer off trail | Pumpkin Spice Spam | National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day 



To misquote Salt-N-Pepa, ‘Let’s talk about the econ-omy. Let’s talk about you and me’:


Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett SamuelsPresident Trump is returning from his 10-day vacation in New Jersey to one of the most important stretches of his presidency.

Reason No. 1 — the economy: “Trump, who has made jobs and the economy the centerpiece of his presidency, is facing growing fears that the economy could head into a recession next year amid a trade war and sluggish growth in China that threatens to set back the global economy. A downturn could be devastating to the Trump brand, which is built on a growing economy and an endless series of economic wins.”

Reason No. 2 — guns: “Trump also faces a decision about how far he wants to go on gun control after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, reinvigorated efforts in Congress to move forward with legislation. The El Paso shooting was allegedly perpetrated by a suspect who espoused white nationalist and anti-immigrant views, which has in turn inflamed scrutiny of Trump’s own rhetoric.”

What to expect coming up:



“Thirty-eight percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics forecasted the world’s largest economy will enter a recession next year.” 



White House advisers pushed back on those worries, offering reassurances about the economy.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on “Fox News Sunday”: “I don’t see a recession at all.”

Chief White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on ABC’s “This Week”: “Before I came to the White House, I spent the better part of 20 years forecasting business cycle and stock market trends and what I can tell you with certainty is that we’re going to have a strong economy through 2020 and beyond.”



It’s Monday, Aug. 19. Hope everyone is enjoying recess! 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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No, no, seriously! This is not an Onion headline:

President Trump is talking about reports that he is interested in buying Greenland.

Trump told reporters yesterday: “Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. … Strategically, it’s interesting, and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner.”

Why Greenland is valuable: Greenland is rich in natural resources, including “iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, rare-earth elements, uranium and oil.” Full reasoning from Live Science:

Uh, is Greenland for sale?: No. The Danish prime minister said yesterday: “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.” And Greenland’s foreign minister told Reuters, “We are open for business, but we’re not for sale.” 

How much would Greenland theoretically cost?: Here’s an estimate from Marketwatch:



Scaramucci: Assemble!:

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said he is organizing a group of former Cabinet members to find a Republican challenger to President Trump

Scaramucci said on CNN’s “New Day”: “I’m in the process of putting together a team of people that feel the exact same way that I do. This is not a ‘Never Trump’ situation, this is not just screeching rhetoric. This is, ‘OK, the guy’s unstable, everyone inside knows it, everyone outside knows it, let’s see if we can find a viable alternative.'” 

Which former Cabinet members…?: Scaramucci would not reveal the names. 

And who are the possible Republican challengers…?: Scaramucci would also not reveal those names either.

Watch Scaramucci’s interview on CNN “New Day”:



President Trump tweeted this morning, “Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable ‘nut job’ who was with other candidates in the primary who got shellaced [sic], and then unfortunately wheedled his way into my campaign. I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence-made a fool of himself, bad on TV. Abused staff, got fired. Wrote a very nice book about me just recently. Now the book is a lie?”



Make sure your sound is on!




The campaign trail is a weird, weird place:



Run, Forrest! Run!:


The caption game was strong: For example, ESPN’s Kelly Cohen added, “me on my way to hang out with a guy despite 101 red flags”



The House and Senate are out. President Trump is back in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Today: Former President Bill Clinton turns 73 years old today. For context from NBC’s Steve Kornacki: “Bill Clinton has reached the age his opponent was at in the 1996 election.” 

This week: Presidential candidate Tom Steyer is off the campaign trail for jury duty in San Francisco.

Friday–Sunday: A Democratic National Committee delegate meeting in San Francisco. Keep in mind: Thirteen presidential candidates are attending. Former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are skipping. 

Sept. 4: Eight presidential candidates will participate in a CNN town hall focused on the climate. Details:



This morning: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) spoke at a Washington Post Live 2020 candidates forum. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EDT: NBC’s Lester Holt sits down with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a special edition of “NBC Nightly News” in Tehran.



Today is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day.


Alright, we are done here. Everyone, go home:

Spam has created a pumpkin spice flavor for the fall. Where to get it: Walmart and Spam’s online stores starting on September 23. Photo and details: 


And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who has revolutionized the game of fetch. Who even needs humans?:

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