Apr 4, 2019

Trump's border bottom line

Trump inspecting border wall prototypes. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images

The cautious view among most Republican lawmakers and White House aides is that President Trump won’t follow through with his dramatic threat to close ports of entry at the border.

The big picture: A source who has been talking to Trump about the border situation throughout the past week said that the president remains skittish about doing anything to disrupt the markets. Trump is encouraged by what Mexico is doing to apprehend migrants on their journey to the U.S.

"It’s the markets," the source said. "Closing the border, the markets would plummet."

  • "He’s very well aware that there’s a commercial trucking component that would be devastating on Mexico and would be hurtful to the United States."

Be smart: As with everything Trump ... What is true at 10 p.m. on Wednesday could be false by 7 a.m. on Thursday, depending on who Trump talks to, what he watches, and what kind of mood he’s in.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.