Jul 1, 2020

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 446 words, a 2-minute read.

  • 🚨 Scoop: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained a shipment of Chinese human hair products suspected of being made through forced labor. Go deeper.

🎧 Podcast: Economist Stephanie Kelton wants Democrats to stop framing policy proposals with the question "How will you pay for that?" Listen here.

1 big thing: Trump goes full Trump

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President Trump has told people in recent days that he regrets following some of Jared Kushner's political advice, three people with direct knowledge of the president's thinking tell Axios' Jonathan Swan.

Between the lines: Trump never really wanted criminal justice reform, according to people who have discussed the subject with him privately.

  • He's told them he only supported it because Kushner asked him to. He has also repeatedly trumpeted it as a politically useful policy at times.
  • Trump now says privately it was misguided to pursue this policy, undercutting his instincts, and that he probably won't win any more Black support because of it.
  • That's in line with the Fox News host, who said Trump's winning 2016 messages "have been since subverted at every level by Jared Kushner."

What's next: In the past 24 hours, Trump has issued a series of tweets that leave no ambiguity about where he is heading in this campaign.

  • He's tweeted enthusiastically about arresting people who are looting or damaging statues, and he's promised to veto must-pass defense spending legislation if it removes Confederate generals' names from military bases.

The bottom line: Trump has made clear he wants to support law enforcement unequivocally, and he won't do anything that could be seen as undercutting police.

  • In tweets this morning, Trump described Black Lives Matter as a "symbol of hate."

In response to this reporting, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, "President Trump is very proud of the historic work that he's done to benefit all communities. The First Step Act made historic strides toward rectifying racial disparities in sentencing while his executive order to secure America's streets works with our nation's heroic police officers to ensure we have safe policing and safe communities."

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2. Day 1 in the new Hong Kong
Photo: Vincent Yu/AP

A reporter after being sprayed with pepper spray by police during a protest in Hong Kong.

  • Police said 10 people were arrested under the brand-new national security law, including a man with a Hong Kong independence flag and a woman holding a sign displaying the British flag and calling for Hong Kong’s independence. (AP)
3. Catch up quick
Screenshot of the new Biden ad.
  1. See it first: The Biden campaign's newest digital ad targets Trump for his presidential leadership. Video.
  2. The number of Americans who want higher immigration levels has surpassed those who want them lowered for the first time, according to Gallup. Go deeper.
  3. Trump said he supports another round of direct stimulus payments as part of a potential "phase four" coronavirus relief package. Go deeper.
  4. Russians have overwhelmingly approved constitutional changes that could allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in office for 16 more years. Go deeper.
  5. Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said the true coronavirus infection rate could be as high as 500,000 Americans a day. Go deeper.
4. 1 fun thing

Mozart music score. Photo: Fred de Noyelle/Getty Images

5 minutes of Mozart: The N.Y. Times asked artists, conductors, musicians, actors and critics "to choose the five or so minutes they would play to make their friends fall in love with" Mozart.