Good morning Washington! Good afternoon Abu Dhabi!
This morning, I’m in the UAE which was just identified in an unusual, leaked classified National Intelligence Council assessment as meddling extensively in U.S. politics per reporting from the Washington Post. UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Otaiba responded that he “is proud of the UAE’s influence and good standing in the U.S.”
But nonetheless, timing is often everything, and I am here in the UAE as part of a strategic issues conference sponsored by the Emirates Policy Center. Among the hundreds of international participants here, the Biden-Xi meeting is considered crucial, and they are giving both leaders credit for demonstrating “strategic maturity.” One name missing from the chatter: Donald Trump.
In other news, Donald Trump’s likely 2024 presidential bid is stressing out GOP House leadership candidates, Kadia Goba reports. Do they or don’t they support him right out of the gate? Joseph Zeballos-Roig has the latest on stalled student debt relief efforts. And Shelby Talcott reports on Trump world preparations for the rumored 2024 announcement tomorrow.
PLUS: David Weigel asks Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez how she beat self-proclaimed America First patriot Rep. Joe Kent.
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