Jan 10, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Michael Cohen will testify before the House in February.

1 big thing: North of the border

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Shutdown negotiations don't seem to be improving during President Trump's visit to the southern border.

  • Trump rejected a Senate Republican that would have re-opened the government while starting a bipartisan negotiation on immigration and border security, Politico reports.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: "I think we're stuck. I just don't see a pathway forward. I don't see a way forward."
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I don’t even know if the president wants the wall, he just wants the debate."
  • VP Mike Pence: “It’s time for the Democrats to start negotiating ... if there’s no wall, there’s no deal.”
  • Trump today: "I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency. I haven't done it yet. I may do it. If this doesn't work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely."
  • More Trump: "I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party."

The big picture: Federal workers miss a paycheck tomorrow, three weeks into a shutdown that's raging over a $6 billion funding request that Trump threw into the process in the final days of unified Republican control in D.C.

  • The federal discretionary budget is just under $1.4 trillion in 2019.
  • Republicans had complete control of Congress and the White House for two years.

Reality check: Trump also said this today:

  • Trump today: "When I say Mexico is going to pay for the wall, that's what I said, 'Mexico is going to pay.' I didn't say they're going to write me a check for $20 billion or $10 billion. No one's going to write a check. I said they are going to pay for the wall."
  • Trump's website in 2016: "It's an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5- 10 billion..."

P.S. Trump is skipping Davos

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Bonus: Pics du jour

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Above: Trump speaks during his visit to U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas.

Below: Veterinarian Viktor Agafonov feeds two white lionesses, two months old, delivered from Belarus to the Sadgorod zoo in Vladivostok.

  • There are only 300 white lions in the world, of which 200 live in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.
A man feeds lion cubs. Photo: Yuri Smityuk\TASS
2. What you missed
  1. Fed chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy "is solid," adding that he doesn't predict a recession in 2019. Go deeper.
  2. BlackRock is laying off 500 employees around the world, or about 3% of its workforce, as the world's largest asset manager grapples with "market uncertainty" and evolving "investor preferences." Go deeper.
  3. Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $500 million in a settlement announced Thursday with the Justice Department and EPA. Go deeper.
  4. Vulnerable Joshua trees have been cut down by visitors who illegally drove into areas where vehicles are banned during the partial government shutdown. Photo.
  5. House GOP conference chair Liz Cheney condemned remarks made by her colleague Steve King as "abhorrent" and "racist," and said they "should have no place in our national discourse." His remarks.
3. Quote du jour
“I personally don’t know if there exists little green men other places, I kind of doubt that, but I do believe that the information we have indicates we should do a lot more study."
— Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talking UFOs with Roll Call
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