THE PRESIDENT at 7:02 p.m.: “The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, ‘No Conditions.’ That is an incorrect statement (as usual!).”
… THE PRESIDENT in June to NBC’s Chuck Todd: “No pre-conditions.” NBC
… Secretary of State MIKE POMPEO, on Tuesday: “He is prepared to meet with no preconditions.”
WOMP WOMP … NYT: “Iran has dismissed the possibility of a meeting between the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and President Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week, Iran’s state-run news media reported.
“‘Neither is such a plan on our agenda nor will such a thing happen,’ Seyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said at a news conference on Monday, according to Fars, a state-run outlet. ‘This meeting will not be held.’” NYT
MEANWHILE — “Saudi Oil Attack Photos Implicate Iran, U.S. Says; Trump Hints at Military Action,” by NYT’s Eric Schmitt, Farnaz Fassihi and David Kirkpatrick: “The government released satellite photographs showing what officials said were at least 17 points of impact at several Saudi energy facilities from strikes they said came from the north or northwest. That would be consistent with an attack coming from the direction of the northern Persian Gulf, Iran or Iraq, rather than from Yemen, where the Iranian-backed Houthi militia that claimed responsibility for the strikes operates.
“Administration officials, in a background briefing for reporters as well as in separate interviews on Sunday, also said a combination of drones and cruise missiles — ‘both and a lot of them,’ as one senior United States official put it — might have been used. That would indicate a degree of scope, precision and sophistication beyond the ability of the Houthi rebels alone.” NYT
— WAPO: “His administration was contemplating what U.S. officials characterized as a serious military response, though some in the Pentagon were said to be urging restraint. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Trump met with Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Sunday afternoon.” WaPo
— WSJ: “Supply Shock Sends Oil Prices Soaring,” by Benoit Faucon in London, Summer Said in Dubai and Amrith Ramkumar: “The loss of nearly 6% of global oil output in weekend strikes in Saudi Arabia sent crude prices soaring as officials said the kingdom was racing to restore roughly one-third of the disrupted production by day’s end Monday.”
JOE BIDEN on Sunday night at a fundraiser in Miami, per Miami Herald’s David Smiley: “His embrace of [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un — he’s a thug. There is no other answer. This is a guy who had his uncle’s brains blown out sitting across the table. … And he’s writing love letters to him, talking about love letters.”
ROAD SHOW … THE PRESIDENT will travel to Houston with Indian PM NARENDRA MODI and Wapakoneta, Ohio, with Australian PM SCOTT MORRISON on Sunday. The Houston event is called “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures.” Both are in the U.S. ahead of the U.N. General Assembly. WaPo’s Anne Gearan has more details
BURGESS EVERETT: “Pelosi and Schumer take hard line with Trump on gun background checks”: “Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer warned President Donald Trump on Sunday that any firearm legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales ‘will not get the job done,’ complicating delicate negotiations between the president and a group of senators.
“Trump has been discussing potential legislation with senators in both parties that would expand background checks but would not go as far as House-passed legislation that would apply them to all gun sales with limited exceptions. Trump issued a veto threat on the House’s background-checks bill earlier this year, and few Republicans in Congress support it.
“But in a conversation with Trump on Sunday morning, the House speaker and Senate minority leader indicated to Trump that they were taking a much harder line than rank-and-file senators involved in the talks.
“‘This morning, we made it clear to the president that any proposal he endorses that does not include the House-passed universal background checks legislation will not get the job done, as dangerous loopholes will still exist and people who shouldn’t have guns will still have access,’ Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.
“The two leaders said they promised to join Trump ‘for a historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden’ if the president would endorse the legislation and lean on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass it ‘to save as many lives as possible.’” POLITICO
ELECTION TOMORROW … AP/JERUSALEM: “Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank”: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex ‘all the settlements’ in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.
“Locked in a razor tight race and with legal woes hanging over him, Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival. In the final weeks of his campaign he has been doling out hard-line promises meant to draw more voters to his Likud party and re-elect him in Tuesday’s unprecedented repeat vote.” AP
Good Monday morning.
FOR YOUR RADAR … WSJ: “OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy Protection”
BIG IN DETROIT — “No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute,” by AP’s Tom Krisher and Mike Householder: “More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.
“Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. It wasn’t clear how long the walkout would last, with the union saying GM has budged little in months of talks while GM said it made substantial offers including higher wages and factory investments.” AP
2020 WATCH — “Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?” by NYT’s Katie Glueck in Birmingham: “At the Democratic primary debate last week, Joseph R. Biden Jr. prompted some distress within the party with a rambling, discordant answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, a moment that highlighted his unsteady instincts, and mixed record, on matters of race. Three days later, a heavily African-American crowd gave Mr. Biden a warm welcome as he delivered a passionate address at the 16th Street Baptist Church, a symbol of the civil rights struggle, where he denounced institutional racism to mark the 56th anniversary of the bombing that killed four young black girls here in 1963.
“The divergent responses underscore the uncertainty surrounding whether Mr. Biden can translate his longstanding connection to black voters into votes next year. His deep ties to black leaders, his service as Barack Obama’s vice president and his popularity among older, more conservative African Americans have given him a commanding lead in the polls among a constituency that is crucial to any Democratic candidate seeking the nomination.
“But that support has never been rigorously tested at the ballot box outside of his home state of Delaware, and missteps like his meandering debate answer on slavery, as well as his legislative record on issues like busing and criminal justice, have intensified questions among progressive activists, and some party leaders, about whether he is the best standard-bearer for African-American priorities.” NYT
TRUMP’S MONDAY — The president will participate in a credentialing ceremony for ambassadors at 11:45 a.m. He will give the Medal of Freedom to Mariano Rivera at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., the crown prince of Bahrain is coming to the White House for a visit. At 4:10 p.m., the president will leave for Andrews for a flight to New Mexico. He will land in Albuquerque at 6 p.m. Mountain time — 8 p.m. here. At 7 p.m. in New Mexico, the president will hold a rally.
BEHIND THE SCENES IN BIRMINGHAM … NYT: “All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm,” by Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Steve Eder in Calera, Ala.: “It had been a sleepy Sunday morning in the National Weather Service’s office outside of Birmingham. The hot temperatures in the forecast were not out of the ordinary for the waning days of summer. There was a faraway tropical storm that the office was keeping an eye on — one with the name of Dorian — but with each passing day, it seemed more likely to veer in a different direction.
“Then, out of nowhere, there came a flurry.
“It was incoming phone calls from Alabamians energized about Hurricane Dorian, suddenly confused and worried about whether they were in the path of the giant Caribbean storm. At one point, the few people on duty were all answering calls at the same time. In response to the alarm, one employee dashed off a short message to the office’s 50,000 Twitter followers that reaffirmed what the latest models were saying: Alabama had little to worry about. …
“Several forecasters said the employee who sent the tweet hadn’t even been aware of Mr. Trump’s post and had simply reacted to an influx of calls from the public. ‘We don’t monitor the president’s tweets,’ said Michael Garrison, who manages the office’s data on rainfall and temperatures and is the local steward for the National Weather Service Employees Organization. ‘Up until this point, it has nothing to do with what we do.’” NYT
BIG IF TRUE … REUTERS/SEOUL: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearisation talks, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. Kim, in the letter sent in the third week of August, spoke of his ‘willingness’ for a third summit and extended an invitation for Trump to visit the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified source.” Reuters
— NOTE: Trump is scheduled to meet with South Korean leader MOON JAE-IN next week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
HAPPENING TODAY — British PM Boris Johnson is in Luxembourg to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as he tries to sort out the Brexit mess. London Playbook has all the deets.
FOR THOSE WHO CARE — Sean Spicer has his debut on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” tonight. The New Yorker’s Antonia Hitchens sat in on a practice session and wrote about it here.
MEDIAWATCH — “CBS Sunday Morning” spoke with David Haskell, the new editor-in-chief of New York magazine, about magazine journalism and succeeding the legendary Adam Moss. CBS
— The British magazine The Spectator is launching a U.S. print edition. The inaugural cover, featuring Meghan Markle
— Samuel Oakford is now a journalist at Storyful. He most recently was an investigator with Bellingcat’s Yemen Project and has also written for Airwars, Vice, The Intercept, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy.
Send tips to Eli Okun and Garrett Ross at [email protected].
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Charlie Spies has joined Dickinson Wright, along with Sloane Carlough and Jessica Brouckaert. Spies is a longtime election law attorney who most recently has been counsel to the Republican Attorneys General Association. Carlough was previously at Clark Hill and the RNC, and Brouckaert is a Mitt Romney and Right to Rise alum.
ENGAGED — Sean Simons, press secretary at the ONE Campaign and a Giffords alum, and Sarah Tagg, strategic communications representative at Northrop Grumman Corporation, got engaged Saturday. The couple met eight years ago as students at the University of Mary Washington. Pic
WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Alex Morgan, executive director of the Progressive Turnout Project, and Juli Scalf, director of college counseling at the Schuler Family Foundation, got married Sunday in Chicago, after 11 years together.
— TJ Tatum, a VP for public affairs at Sard Verbinnen, married Kathleen Iannone, an associate at the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, at Our Lady of the Cape church in Brewster, Mass. The ceremony was followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, Mass. The couple met in their senior year at Boston College. Pic … SPOTTED: Chris Hodgson, Bart Reising, Tyler Daniel, Megan Becker, Lynnel Ruckert, Alex Dease, Geoff Green, Andy Duberstein, Chris Bond and Chance McNeely.
— Giovanna Coia, who works in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison and is Kellyanne Conway’s cousin and goddaughter, and John Pence, a senior adviser for Trump’s reelection campaign and nephew of VP Mike Pence, got married Saturday. They met early in the administration. The couple married at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City, N.J., with a reception at Resorts Casino Hotel. Instapic … SPOTTED: Mike and Karen Pence, Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), Kellyanne Conway, Michael Glassner, Marty Obst, Brett Loyd, Katie Price, Charlotte Riggs, Zach Bauer, Catherine Hicks, Meghan Patenaude, Nancy Pence Fritsch and Rachel Craddock.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Chris Hansen, founder of political consulting firm Canvass America, general consultant for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and an NRSC alum, and Megan Hansen, VP of political affairs for Quicken Loans, on Saturday welcomed Owen Michael Hansen.
BIRTHWEEK (was Sunday): Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) turned 5-0 … Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa turned 77
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Molly Hensley-Clancy, BuzzFeed national political reporter. How she got her start in journalism: “My first story for my high school newspaper was about a school in a rich suburb that had the same name as our inner-city public high school in Minneapolis, but way, way more resources and funding. I convinced the other school to let me spend a day there so I could compare, and I couldn’t believe how much nicer everything these kids got was just because of where they lived. My first real journalism job out of college was as an education reporter for BuzzFeed, so I guess it stuck with me.” Playbook Plus Q&A
BIRTHDAYS: Julián Castro is 45 … Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) is 45 … Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) is 41 … Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) is 65 … Hogan Gidley (hat tip: Judd Deere) … Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is 53 … Christine Ciccone … Josh Benson, co-founder and partner at Old Town Media, is 46 … Jason Zengerle, GQ political correspondent and NYT Magazine contributing writer … Ben Finzel, president of RENEWPR (h/t Jon Haber) … Josh Ginsberg, CEO and co-founder of Zignal Labs … Tamron Hall … Melissa Lafsky … Cleta Mitchell … Andy Serwer is 6-0 … Carol Kresse … Paul Orzulak, founding partner of West Wing Writers … Lauren Dillon, Iowa state director for Amy Klobuchar’s campaign … POLITICO’s Kevin Yamamura … Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute, is 55 (h/t Ben Chang) … Lori Brutten …
… Laurie Knight, EVP of government affairs at the National Beer Wholesalers Association … Luke Hornblower is 38 … POLITICO Europe’s Diego Torres … Taneti Mamau, president of Kiribati, is 59 … Facebook’s Jackie Rooney … Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC … Angelica Grimaldi, senior editorial producer at CNN … WSJ’s Rachel Louise Ensign … Michael J. Totten … Sandhya Kotha … Mark Egan … Emily Bolton … Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims is 41 … NPR managing editor Sara Goo … Johannes Boehm … Tristan White … Macey Sevcik … former Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) is 54 … Jordan Stoick, VP of government relations at NAM … Ian Walton … Chuck Westover … Allison Silver … Evan Carr … David Lavan … Scott Spector … Ed Conlow … Liesl Newton … Elliot Vice … Michael Childers … Dawn Smalls, partner at Boies Schiller Flexner (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Vernice Coleman … John Neurohr … Joe Lee … Sheila Weller … H.F. Yeomans … Stu Johnson is 6-0
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