Mike Allen Sep 30
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Trump's new feud

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on NBC Nightly News

Three days before flying to Puerto Rico, President Trump this morning attacked the mayor of San Juan, the capital. Yesterday, the mayor took to TV to lash out at the administration for a disaster response that she said could come "close to a genocide" if logistics aren't figured out.

Be smart: Long after people have finished talking about Tom Price's flights or tax reform or NFL protests, they'll remember how Trump handled Puerto Rico. So the stakes are massive for the hours ahead.

  • Trump tweeted: "The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump."
  • "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They ... .want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job."

The mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, led "NBC Nightly News" with her emotional plea at a news conference, then did several one-on-one interviews with prime-time cable anchors:

  • "We are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency."
  • "I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell."
  • To Trump: "I beg you to take charge and save lives. ... I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island."
  • "If we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide."
Mike Allen 14 hours ago
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A White House olive branch: no plan to fire Mueller

Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images

After a weekend at war with the Mueller investigation, the White House is extending an olive branch. Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling the probe, plans to issue this statement:

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

Why it matters: The White House strategy had been to cooperate with Mueller. So this is an effort to turn down the temperature after a weekend of increasingly personal provocations aimed at the special counsel.

Jonathan Swan 16 hours ago
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Trump's trade plan that would blow up the WTO

President Trump announces tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this month, flanked by Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Robert Lighthizer, and Peter Navarro. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

For months, President Donald Trump has been badgering his economic advisors to give him broad, unilateral authority to raise tariffs — a move that would all but break the World Trade Organization.

His favorite word: “reciprocal.” He’s always complaining to staff about the fact that the U.S. has much lower tariffs on some foreign goods than other countries have on the same American-made goods. The key example is cars: The European Union has a 10 percent tariff on all cars, including those manufactured in America, and China hits all foreign-made cars with 25 percent tariffs. But the U.S. only charges 2.5 percent for foreign cars we import.