Jennifer Jacobs

Jennifer Jacobs


Sr. White House reporter for Bloomberg. Reporting what I know, not what I think. jjacobs68@bloomberg.net ?Iowa

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Taylor has left the Capitol, about 10 hours after he arrived this morning to testify as part of Trump impeachment inquiry. per @HouseInSession 

NEWS: G7 finance ministers will have a meeting in April, before leaders’ summit Trump hosts in June—and Mnuchin has picked the city: Philadelphia, @SalehaMohsin  scoops. Philly chosen because of its history, including Independence Hall, Liberty Bell. And has a branch of US Mint.

“We’ve reconvened ‘the Quad’—the security talks between Japan, Australia, India and the United States that had been dormant for nine years,” Pompeo said at Heritage. This will ensure “China retains only its proper place in the world,” he said.

Trump making a statement on Syria at 11a, he says.

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In Israel, Kushner will meet with Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s chief rival, I’m told. Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special envoy for Middle East peace, is not going on this trip; Greenblatt's last day is Nov. 1. Avi Berkowitz takes the role after he leaves.

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Trump didn't answer a question about whether it is inevitable he’ll be impeached. He left the Oval. Which is unusual. Usually *we* leave the Oval.

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Trump also bonded with Putin over a scorn for journalists. “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn't it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” “We also have,” Putin answered, in English. “It’s the same.” They shared a chuckle.

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NEWS: Bloomberg News has VIDEO of Trump's closed-door gathering with U.S. diplomats at the United Nations. "We’re at war,” he said, referring to the whistle-blower. “These people are sick. They’re sick.” (Story out soon, from @nwadhams  and me.)

Breaking: Just four of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago — the four he took in February/March 2017 — cost $13.6 million, the US Government Accountability Office says.

Trump and MBS are meeting on a high floor of the Imperial Hotel in Osaka right now. Trump calls the Saudi crown prince “a friend of mine” and says it’s an “honor” to be with him.

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NEWS: The White House ethics lawyer, Stefan Passantino, leaves the post *tomorrow*, sources tell me.

Scoop: John Kelly and John Bolton engaged in a profanity-laced argument outside the Oval Office today, I'm told. The shouting match was so intense others worried one of the two men might immediately resign. Neither is resigning, I'm told.

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