Early Warning for 04 June 2018

Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Monday, 4 June 2018. (All times Eastern.)

 

Advanced Early Warning: Multiple media outlets are reporting that Facebook struck agreements with at least 60 phone and device manufacturers and gave them extensive access to users’ personal information — allegations that the company is vehemently denying. If true, it would appear to represent a massive Fourth Amendment violation of privacy.

 

ALSO: Another social media behemoth is in hot water. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has warned that Google officials may be called into to testify before his and other congressional committees after reports the company’s search engine showed results linking Republicans to “Nazism.”

Nunes said that the tech monopolies “should be reined in” while calling for a new search engine to compete against Google that doesn’t “censor” conservatives or anyone else. If no free market solution can be found, Nunes said Congress may have to look at regulatory action aimed at busting up “monopolies.”

 

White House

After receiving his daily intelligence briefing around 1130, POTUS Trump will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Later he will meet with Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, then host a Gold Star families Memorial Day reception with first lady Melania Trump.

 

State Department

Secretary Pompeo meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, then delivers remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C. Later he will host a working luncheon for the General Assembly of the Organization of American States and deliver remarks at Under Secretary Thomas Shannon’s retirement ceremony. Pompeo closes out his schedule with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, whom he will meet at the State Dept.

Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh will travel to Singapore to participate in the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ 17th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, from June 1-3 and to South Korea for economic and security talks from June 4-5.

 

Defense Department

SECDEF Mattis will have lunch with POTUS but neither he nor Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. has any public or media events on their schedules.

On Saturday, SECDEF Mattis met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. They talked about the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and the role of both nations in cooperating to uphold international laws and principles and to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is in the Mediterranean Sea, while Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) recently departed Yokosuka, Japan for a regularly scheduled patrol in the Western Pacific.

 

Congress

The House of Representatives and Senate have no significant hearings or events scheduled for today.

 

 

Federal Reserve/Economy

Neither Treasury nor the Federal Reserve has any major events or hearings scheduled for today.

All major stock indices are up this morning at present. The Dow gained 200 points after open on Friday’s gains which came from renewed confidence in the economy.

 

Yesterday’s Significant Reporting

Giuliani says Trump’s legal team will fight Mueller subpoena

Kim Jong-un unexpectedly sacks top military leaders

 

Notable Quotable: 

“A president could not be prosecuted for murder? Really? It is one of many absurd positions that follow from their argument. It is self-evidently wrong.” — Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer under President Obama, responding to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s claim that POTUS could have shot fired FBI Director James Comey without fear of prosecution (but not impeachment), in The Hill.

 

 

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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