Good morning. Here is your Early Warning for 25 June 2018. (All times Eastern.)
Advanced Early Warning: In a speech over the weekend, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called on Democratic supporters to harass all members of the Trump administration when they are seen anywhere in public. The call comes as Trump’s DHS secretary was harassed in a local D.C. restaurant last week and his press secretary was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant on Friday. We’ll have more coverage in this week’s National Intelligence Bulletin.
ALSO: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, warned in response to protestors besieging an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Oregon that similar incidents in the late 1850s and early 1860s led to the Civil War. Immigration is becoming as passionate an issue for many Americans as abolishing slavery was in the 19th century. We’ll have much more on this in the upcoming National Intelligence Bulletin.
President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House at 11:45 a.m., then first lady Melania Trump joins him to meet and greet Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania of Jordan at 2:10 p.m. The president and King Abdullah will hold talks afterward. He will attend a political rally in West Columbia, South Carolina this evening, arriving back at the White House at 9:55 p.m.
After meeting with POTUS at the White House, Secretary Pompeo meets Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip at the State Department. He will rejoin the president for his meeting with the Jordanian king. At 5:30 p.m. Pompeo meets with Romanian Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall at State.
Deputy Secretary John Sullivan meets with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue at State at 11:30 a.m.
Later, Sullivan will depart for the Netherlands, Denmark, Algeria, and Morocco, from June 25 -29, to discuss a range of U.S. priorities, including joint efforts to maintain an enduring defeat of ISIS and promote cooperation on regional and global security challenges.
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis is traveling. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. have no public or media events on their schedules.
Aircraft carrier movement/activities:
Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is participating in the RIMPAC 2018 exercises in the Pacific Ocean.
Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is operating in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is operating in the Philippine Sea.
The remaining U.S. carriers are in their home ports. A conflict requiring a Carrier Strike Group does not appear imminent.
The House has no committee hearings scheduled and a light floor schedule. Members meet at 5:00 p.m. to discuss HR 200, Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.
There are no Senate committee hearings scheduled for today.
3:00 p.m.: Convene and resume consideration of H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019.
(1) The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell in triple digits on news that the Trump administration was considering limiting Chinese investment in U.S. technology companies. Boeing and Intel were the biggest decliners in the index. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell 1 percent as tech declined 1.4 percent. The Nasdaq composite pulled back 1.3 percent as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet dropped. The major indexes finished last week lower amid ongoing market jitters regarding Trump administration trade policy with China.
(2) According to a CNBC poll, a majority of Americans — 51 percent — now approve of Trump’s handling of the U.S. economy. That’s the first majority CNBC has seen in its polling data. The president’s economic approval rating surged 6 points to 51 percent with just 36 percent of the public disapproving, a 6 point drop from the March Survey.
There are no major storms threatening the continental U.S. or its possessions within the next 48 hours.
Yesterday’s Significant Reporting
“What the Russians have been trying to say, and the Soviets before them, is that the American model is sort of immoral and doesn’t work, dysfunctional and totally undesirable. They are trying to demonize us.” –Long-time national security official in the Reagan administration and both Bush administrations, Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., on ongoing Russian disinformation campaigns in the U.S. aimed at dividing Americans.