1 🎧 thing: I joined Dan Primack for today's debut of Axios' first podcast, Pro Rata, covering the collision of business, tech and politics. Subscribe here.
Situational awareness... Sneak peek at remarks Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will make this evening to the Christians United for Israel at its annual summit in Washington:
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Here's a new one: President Trump wants to revoke the security clearances for some of his most prominent critics, vaguely alleging they're profiting from their clearances and providing an official veneer to the Russia investigation.
Why it matters: It's not normal to target a security clearance without specific accusations of wrongdoing.
Sarah Sanders told the press briefing today:
"The president is exploring these mechanisms to remove their security clearance because they’ve politicized and in some cases actually monetized their public service security clearances, and making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influences by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate. The president contends that the fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence."
The list includes:
What they're saying...
Be smart: This would limit the ability of Trump critics to do lucrative consulting work in Washington, providing a potential chilling effect on future presidential critics.
Photo: Angel Delcueto/Lockheed Martin
For a "Made in America Product Showcase" that President Trump attended on the South Lawn this afternoon, Lockheed Martin used a crane (in torrential rain this weekend) to get a fighter aircraft and space capsule over the White House fence, a company official tells me.
The crane then placed on the lawn and sidewalk:
The exhibit was to include items that don't require a crane, including Wiffle balls and Moon Pies.