First Read’s Morning Clips: Trump’s Afghanistan Plan

TRUMP AGENDA: President unveils new proceed – though no new details


From NBC’s Ali Vitali: “President Donald Trump announced a new proceed — though no sum — for a U.S. fight in Afghanistan on Monday, imprinting a vital process annulment for a male who in new years had insisted America lift out of a war-torn country. Acknowledging that his “original instinct was to lift out, and historically we like following my instincts,” Trump pronounced in a prime-time residence to a republic from Ft. Myer in Arlington, Virginia, that after apropos boss he satisfied a reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan would concede belligerent to apprehension groups.”

The Washington Post: “Trump’s new proceed to Afghanistan is a outcome of a prolonged process examination within his administration that was finalized during a presidential shelter with tip advisers during Camp David on Friday. His preference to validate a Pentagon devise to boost couple levels reflects ascent regard among infantry leaders that terrain setbacks for Afghan supervision army opposite a Taliban and al-Qaeda have led to a fast deteriorating confidence situation. Although Trump did not mention how many some-more infantry will be sent to Afghanistan, congressional officials pronounced a administration has told them it will be about 4,000 some-more than a 8,500 U.S. use members now in a region.”

And from a New York Times: “His decision, several officials said, was reduction a change of heart than a sap acceptance of a case, done during 3 months of heated White House discuss by a infantry leaders who browbeat his fight cabinet. In a end, these officials said, Mr. Trump supposed a proof that a “big military” proceed was indispensable to forestall Afghanistan from again apropos a rising pad for terrorism opposite a United States. Persuaded there were no other options, Mr. Trump became a third American boss to send immature organisation and women into a longest fight in American history.”

POLITICO: “President Trump valid one thing over a shade of a doubt in his Afghanistan devise debate Monday night: After scarcely 16 years of fighting America’s longest war, there are no new ideas.”

Republican members of Congress are on board with a devise — and Afghan officials are relieved. (But Breitbart ripped into a announcement.)

Joe Arpaio tells NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard that he has “no idea” if Trump will atonement him.

Leigh Ann Caldwell: “House Speaker Paul Ryan pronounced Monday night that he opposes a fortitude present among House Democrats that would condemnation President Donald Trump for his greeting to a white nationalist-fueled protests in Charlottesville, Va. final week, job it zero some-more than a narrow-minded “food fight” and “hack-fest” that would serve order a country. But a GOP House personality also used his strongest denunciation nonetheless in condemning Trump’s greeting to a violence, observant a president’s denunciation during a press discussion final Tuesday was “wrong.” “It was not usually implicitly ambiguous, it was equivocating,” Ryan pronounced Monday night during a CNN city gymnasium in Wisconsin.”

One of a Central Park Five writes about Trump’s response to Charlottesville. “When we were secretly indicted of passionate assault, Trump had no qualms about jumping to conclusions.”

What does Steve Bannon’s lapse to Breitbart mean? Jon Ward of Yahoo News: “Steve Bannon’s lapse to Breitbart News is being greeted by many Republican insiders with a shrug. In fact, on a same day that a moon lonesome a sun, a accord opposite a series of GOP operatives and congressional aides is that Bannon himself has been eclipsed by President Trump.”

Will any Trump aides leave a White House? The Wall Street Journal: “Caught in this whirl of opposing forces, many feel compelled to stay for a larger good, convinced, justifiably, that they are assisting drive a nation’s policies onto safer ground. Still, in many cases they left behind good careers or protected sinecures, usually to find themselves underneath conflict by both Trump lovers and Trump haters for doing so.”

“The U.S. Secret Service is confronting income problems — though that’s not President Donald Trump’s fault, a agency’s executive pronounced Monday, in response to a news that a First Family was straining protecting resources,” Vitali writes.

The latest from North Korea, around the Wall Street Journal: “North Korea threatened to spin a U.S. into “huge heaps of ashes” and warned that infantry exercises involving American and South Korean army this week had worsened a standoff, that could usually be resolved by ‘absolute force.’”

OFF TO THE RACES: GOP to Trump: Stay out of AZ SEN race

POLITICO: “The Democratic National Committee is conducting full-scale antithesis investigate on mixed Republicans it believes could plea President Donald Trump for reelection — or are expected to run if he does not. The effort, that began in late spring, covers Vice President Mike Pence, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, among others.”

AL-SEN: Luther Strange says Confederate statues should stay in place.

AZ-SEN: GOP leaders wish Donald Trump out of Jeff Flake’s race.

CO-7: Ed Perlmutter will run for re-election after all.

KS-GOV: Democrat Jim Ward is officially in for administrator in Kansas.

MA-SEN: Beth Lindstrom, a former Romney aide, will challenge Elizabeth Warren.

NV-SEN: ICYMI from Jon Ralston: “In a overwhelming talk that aired Sunday morning on a program, “Politics Now,” Sen. Dean Heller took credit for saving a state’s Medicaid enlargement and called a latest offer he sealed onto with Sens Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) “the empty a swamp” health-care bill.”

TX-23: Will Hurd is getting dual some-more intensity Democratic challengers.

WI-GOV: “State schools arch Tony Evers is officially entering a competition for Wisconsin administrator on Wednesday, a usually claimant in a expected swarming Democratic primary who has won a statewide election.”

VA-GOV: The Washington Post: “Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s classification skeleton to spend during slightest $2 million to elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Virginia’s subsequent governor, with a concentration on branch out millennial voters. The California hedge-fund manager incited meridian romantic told The Washington Post that Virginia, that is holding a nation’s marquee gubernatorial competition this year, is a many critical debate priority for his group, NextGen America.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch: “McAuliffe ‘most likely’ will pursue check to mislay Richmond’s Lee statue.”


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