Sep 18, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: "Make the United Nations great"

We spent today watching President Trump's first day at the U.N., with a big speech coming tomorrow.

  • His main message: "I think the main message is 'Make the United Nations great. Not 'again.' 'Make the United Nations great.'"
  • To French President Emmanuel Macron, on watching the military parade for Bastille Day: "People don't know what great warriors they are in France, but when you see that and you see all the victories it was a tremendous thing. To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th."
  • To Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, on peace between Israel and the Palestinians: "[P]eople say it can't happen, I say it can happen."
1 looming thing

But in Washington, the Graham-Cassidy health care bill refuses to go away.

  • To be clear: Republicans don't have 50 committed votes for repeal.
  • Axios health care reporter Caitlin Owens writes in with her best educated guess: "[I]'d guess most Republicans still don't know what's in it, but the fact that their Obamacare repeal deadline is fast approaching is probably freaking them out."
  • Just posted on the Axios health care stream: "The uncertainty surrounding Senate Republicans' latest repeal-and-replace bill is putting more pressure on Democrats to reach a deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act."

Go deeper: The numbers on how Graham-Cassidy would redistribute federal money.

What you missed
  1. The big tax number: Walmart has paid 46x more income tax than Amazon since '08. How it happened.
  2. Flynn's defense fund: Michael Flynn's family expects an "enormous expense" from legal bills associated with the Russia probe. Details.
  3. Hurricane Maria is next: Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Saint Maarten are all under a hurricane watch with Maria expected around mid-week. Expectations.
  4. Iran's president on the cost of the U.S. killing the nuclear deal: "[I] do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them." His reasoning.
  5. Spicer's regret: Sean Spicer told the NYT he "absolutely" regrets his post-inauguration briefing. Quotes.
Mike Allen