Jul 12, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Trump ventures outside the Fox/Twitter bubble

President Trump has given his first non-Fox News interview in two months to Christian Broadcasting Network, which has posted some early excerpts. It airs tomorrow evening.

Top quotes from Trump's exchange with Pat Robertson, rounded up by Axios' Shane Savitsky:

  • "[I]f Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That's what Putin doesn't like about me. And that's why I say, why would he want me?"
  • "We're going to be exporting energy – he doesn't want that. He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills. He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up and Russia as you know relies very much on energy."
  • His relationship with Putin: "People said, 'Oh they shouldn't get along.' Well, who are the people that are saying that? I think we get along very, very well. We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn't make sense not to have some kind of a relationship."
  • Could health care fail in the Senate? "Well, I don't even want to talk about it because I think it would be very bad. I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset. But I'm sitting waiting for that bill to come to my desk. I hope that they do it. They've been promising it for years."
What you missed
  1. House Dem goes "there" on impeachment: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) has filed an article of impeachment against President Trump. How the process works.
  2. Trump's FBI director nominee got a hearing: Christopher Wray faced the Senate today, and it was pretty dang smooth. Highlights.
  3. Big in Brazil: Former Brazilian president Lula was convicted on corruption charges today. His successor was impeached in September. Details.
  4. The chatbot parking ticket fixer: DoNotPay, a chatbot created by a Stanford undergrad, has gotten people out of 375,000 tickets since 2015. Nice.
  5. Another VC resigns after accusations of 'misconduct': Frank Artale, a former Microsoft executive and co-founder of venture capital firm Ignition Partners, has resigned at the firm's request. Statement.
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Mike Allen