YOUR AFTERNOON READING … TRANSCRIPTS from the depositions of Fiona Hill(466 pages) and Alexander Vindman (340 pages). SEE PAGES 7 by means of 10 of the Hill testimony for a dustup between Rep. MATT GAETZ (R-Fla.) and House Intel Chairman ADAM SCHIFF (D-Calif.).
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP spoke to reporters on the South Garden before leaving for Georgia this morning, hitting on every part from Ukraine to vaping.
-- ON ANOTHER ZELENSKY CALL: “So I had a second name with [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky], which truly came before this one and now all of them want that one. And if they need it, I am going to give it to them. … I had a name. I’m positive it was fantastic. You already know, I make a variety of calls. I have no drawback releasing it. I’m very clear. No one is more transparent than I am.” Trump mentioned the second call at a Senate GOP fundraiser Thursday night time.
-- ON GORDON SONDLAND: “Let me simply inform you, I hardly know the gentleman. However this is the man who stated there was no quid pro quo, and he still stated that. And he stated that I stated that. And he hasn’t modified that testimony.”
… BUT, BUT, BUT, exactly one month ago, on Oct. 8, @realDonaldTrump tweeted that Sondland, who donated $1 million to his inaugural fund, was “a very good man and nice American.” The tweet
-- ON SIGNING PHASE ONE OF THE TRADE DEAL: “Assuming we get it -- I don’t like to speak about issues until we've them. Nevertheless it could possibly be Iowa or farm country or someplace else like that. But will probably be in our country.”
-- ON CHINA TARIFFS: “They'd wish to have a rollback. I haven’t agreed to something. China want to get somewhat of a rollback, not an entire rollback, because they know I won't do it. However we’re getting alongside very properly with China. They need to make a deal. Frankly, they need to make a deal a lot more than I do. I’m very completely satisfied right now. We’re taking in billions of dollars.”
-- VAPING CRACKDOWN UPDATE: “We’re going to be coming out with an important position on vaping. We've got to take care of our youngsters, most importantly. So we’re going to have an age limit of 21 or so, however we'll be coming out with one thing subsequent week.”
-- ON VLADIMIR PUTIN’S INVITATION TO VISIT RUSSIA NEXT YEAR: “It's right in the midst of political season, so I am going to see if I can do it. But I might like to go if I might.”
-- ON MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: “He’s not going to do nicely, however he’s going to harm [Joe] Biden, truly. … There’s no one I’d slightly run towards than little Michael.” A photo of Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Bill Clinton and Bloomberg, via NYT’s Mike Grynbaum
ABOUT LAST NIGHT -- WAPO’S JOSH DAWSEY: “[Trump] asked if Sen. Lisa Murkowski was there and she or he wasn’t. ‘She hates me. I sort of like her but she actually doesn’t like me. We achieve this a lot for Alaska you’d assume we’d get her vote for something one in every of lately,’ POTUS stated.”
Pleased Friday afternoon. The White House introduced that Bulgarian PM BOYKO BORISSOV will visit Nov. 25.
SHUTDOWN WATCH ... CAITLIN EMMA: “House plans vote to stave off shutdown this month”: “The Home will move a stopgap spending measure the week of Nov. 18, hoping to thwart a authorities shutdown later that week, Home Majority Leader Steny Hoyer stated this morning. The leader didn't say how long that next patch would last.” POLITICO … Hoyer’s Dear Colleague letter
IVANKA GOES TO MOROCCO … AND OFF MESSAGE! … FROM AP’S DARLENE SUPERVILLE in Rabat: “‘The whistleblower shouldn’t be a substantive a part of the conversation,’ she informed the AP, saying the individual ‘did not have firsthand info.’ Of the person’s id, she added that, ‘to me, it’s not notably related except for what the motivation behind all of this was.’
“In a wide-ranging, 25-minute interview, Ivanka Trump also addressed her household’s criticism of Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, whether she needs four more years within the White Home and the attainable future sale of her household’s landmark Washington lodge. … In the AP interview, Ivanka Trump stated she had yet to determine on what position she is going to play in her father’s re-election campaign. On the question of whether or not she additionally needs one other four more on the White House, the mom of three stated the answer would largely depend upon the needs of her youngsters.” With video: AP
-- THE IDENTITY OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER is, perhaps, one among the central points for many Republicans in the mean time. That the president’s daughter is scooting away from that's quite noteworthy.
FORGOT ABOUT THIS ONE … FLAGGING AHEAD OF LSU-ALABAMA … ALABAMA REP. BRADLEY BYRNE on DONALD TRUMP post-“Access Hollywood” in 2016: “Donald Trump’s comments relating to ladies have been disgraceful and appalling. There are absolutely no circumstances underneath which it might ever be applicable to talk of girls in such a approach. It's now clear Donald Trump isn't fit to be President of the USA and cannot defeat Hillary Clinton. I consider he ought to step aside and permit Governor Pence to steer the Republican ticket.” PBS
-- TRUMP advised reporters this morning that he gained’t campaign towards Periods. “We’ll see what happens. He’s received robust competition.”
-- BURGESS EVERETT: “11 GOP senators help Jeff Periods' comeback bid for Senate”: “The letter is signed by GOP Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman of Arkansas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Deb Fischer of Nebraska. Roberts, Enzi and Isakson are all retiring this yr or next. Barrasso and Blunt are the Nos. 3 and four GOP leaders, respectively, within the Senate GOP. …
“‘Jeff Periods was unflinching ‘America First’ before it was cool. As a U.S. Senator, Jeff helped lead a conservative revolution again to 'America First' rules,’ Barrasso stated.” POLITICO … The letter
HIS SIGNATURE ISSUE … “Trump’s immigration policy is in disarray,” by Anita Kumar: “Almost three years into workplace, Trump’s makes an attempt to match the lofty marketing campaign promises he made on immigration are in disarray — the wall stays largely unbuilt, so-called sanctuary cities are nonetheless receiving federal money and birthright citizenship remains intact. And over on the sprawling Division of Homeland Safety, a bitter dispute lately erupted over who should head the agency tasked with enacting Trump’s immigration insurance policies, main some annoyed aides to plot ways to circumvent federal regulation and push for the chief of their selection. …
“[T]he Senate is predicted to verify [Chad] Wolf to his present job — appearing undersecretary of Homeland Safety for Strategy, Coverage and Plans — as quickly as subsequent week, permitting him to develop into appearing secretary … The White House has been chatting with reluctant GOP senators, including Mike Lee of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, to make sure they have the required votes … Now, some immigration hawks are apprehensive Trump won't ever nominate a everlasting secretary, leaving Wolf as appearing secretary. Or, worse but, they worry Trump will ultimately nominate Wolf to run the agency full time.” POLITICO
HMM … “Referee says he advised Rep. Jim Jordan that Ohio State doctor carried out intercourse act in shower,” by NBC’s Corky Siemaszko: “Knowledgeable referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated in entrance of him in a shower after a wrestling match at Ohio State University, and he reported the encounter on to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was then the assistant coach.
“‘Yeah, that’s Strauss,’ Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied, in response to the lawsuit, when the referee, identified in courtroom papers as John Doe 42, informed them about the incident. The lawsuit, filed in federal courtroom in Ohio, implies that Jordan’s response to the incident, which the referee stated happened in 1994, was primarily a shrug. John Doe 42 is the second individual to say he informed Jordan immediately about both being approached or molested by Strauss. … [Jordan] has repeatedly denied figuring out anything about what Strauss did.” NBC
BATTLE FOR THE SENATE -- “GOP senators hit by early wave of outdoors money forward of 2020,” by James Arkin: “Democrats spent years sounding the alarm on ‘darkish money’ as teams pummeled their senators. Now, the left is the aspect delivering the early blow. … Outdoors teams in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Iowa have already spent or booked over $1 million in every state — and in some instances far more, in line with Promoting Analytics — on promoting criticizing the senators, greater than doubling the spending from Republican-aligned teams making an attempt to respond. …
“[T]he prime spenders are a band of nonprofit organizations that shaped just this yr, which may increase and spend limitless amounts of money and wouldn't have to disclose details about their donors.” POLITICO
2020 WATCH -- “Local weather Activists Try to Harness Young Voters’ ‘Existential Nervousness,’” by WSJ’s Eliza Collins in Ames, Iowa: “Sunrise Movement [has] collected roughly 12,00zero pledges from younger individuals throughout Iowa and New Hampshire to vote for candidates who help the Inexperienced New Deal …
“Activists are hoping to harness that nervousness and use it to induce 2020 Democratic candidates to take extra formidable positions on local weather points. Then, they need young individuals to point out up at the polls and vote for the candidate prepared to be most aggressive.” WSJ
SNAPSHOT OF AMERICA -- “Two versions of Texas collide over gun measures and mass shootings,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson in Austin: “Republicans who management the state are beneath strain to implement gun-control measures that they’ve long spurned, ones conservatives in other states embraced following mass shootings. Persevering with to ignore these calls might imply dropping political energy as speedy progress and accelerated variety are defining a New Texas. Acceding to them, nevertheless, means angering what’s left of Previous Texas, and the highly effective gun supporters it has long accommodated.” WaPo
WHAT SCOTT BROWN IS UP TO -- BOSTON GLOBE’S JOSHUA MILLER: “Scott Brown, the Wrentham selectman turned state representative turned state senator turned US senator turned US ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, could have a new title at the end next yr: regulation faculty dean. Brown and New England Regulation Boston announced Friday that Brown will turn into president and dean of the regulation faculty in December 2020 after finishing his time as ambassador.” Boston Globe
TV TONIGHT -- Bob Costa sits down with Anita Kumar, WaPo’s Josh Dawsey, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and NYT’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg at 8 p.m. on PBS’ “Washington Week.”
TRANSITIONS -- Harry Fones and Matt Boggs at the moment are assistant press secretaries at DHS. Fones previously was federal relations and communications coordinator for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and is an RNC alum. Boggs beforehand worked in public affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
SPOTTED at the Worldwide Middle for Journalists’ 35th anniversary dinner Thursday night time: award winners Elizabeth Palmer, Marty Baron, Rose Wangui and Stevan Dojčinović; Kurt Volker, Vint Cerf, Whitney Johnson, Wolf Blitzer, Melissa Bell, Wendell Reilly, Marci McCue, Carrie Budoff Brown, John Heilemann, Chris Shays, Richard Gingras, Jennifer Preston, Michael Golden, Rik Kirkland, Abderrahim Foukara, Chris Isham, Major Garrett, Jay Shaylor, Mary Hager, Lance Frank, David Martin, Mary Walsh, Christina Ruffini, Scarlette Whyte and Brooke Lorenz.
BONUS BIRTHDAYS: Ben Williamson, communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) … NRSC’s Charlotte Regulation is 25
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