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"Hello we're Ecuador as a global energy leader we're working hard to reduce methane emissions and our carbon footprint Good Morning I'm James Home in from the Washington Post and this is the daily to Thursday January sixteen in today's news. The Democrats will control over the impeachment process as they literally walked the articles across the capital. The president secretly threatened three European allies. If they didn't do what he wanted on on an an inspector general testifies senior. US officials have routinely lied to you about Afghanistan for eighteen in years now. But I the big idea. President trump has often revealed himself as woefully hopefully uninformed about the basics geography and history during his three years as the most powerful man on the planet during his first meeting for example with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Syndrome. Odi Trump told him that he didn't have to worry about China explaining quote. It's not like you've got China on your border. In fact the two countries share more than two thousand miles house of border some of which remains in dispute and his heavily militarized. Modi's is apparently bulged in surprise according to people in the room when trump said this and senior trump trump aide concluded that Modi left the meeting believing that trump is neither a serious leader nor a reliable partner that you was validated. When soon after the meeting the Indians took a few steps back in their diplomatic relationship with the United States? This is one of the many wild nuggets from a new book by colleagues Phil Rucker and Carolina. That comes out next week. They both won the Pulitzer Prize fill. Is the White House. Bureau chief Carols One of our top investigative reporters. The book is called a very stateful genius. And it's based on hundreds of hours of interviews with more than two hundred sources often corroborated by calendars diary entries internal memos in even private video recordings after trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg in two thousand seventeen for example trump declared himself a Russian expert and he dismissed the expertise of his then secretary of state REX Tillerson who had negotiated with Putin over more than in two decades as the CEO of Exxon Mobil Trump told tillerson quote. I had a two hour meeting with Putin. That's all I need to know. I've sized it all up. I've got it in the spring of two thousand. Seventeen trump also clashed with tillerson. When the president told him he wanted his help? Repealing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act a landmark nineteen seventy eighty seven law that prevents US firms and individuals from bribing foreign officials to get business deals. Trump said it's unfair that American companies aren't allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas the president's lack of knowledge about basic. US history also occasionally terrified his top aides for example. When trump was in Hawaii he was preparing to take a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial which commemorates the Japanese sneak attack at Pearl Harbor? That pulled us into World War. Two trump asked his then chief of Staff John on Kelly a decorated marine general. Who lost his own son in combat? What Pearl Harbor was all about? Trump had heard the phrase Pearl Harbor and understood that it was some kind kind of historic battle but Kelly was shocked that he didn't seem to know much else. Another former senior White House official told my colleagues for their book that that trump was at times quote dangerously uninformed. Some details in the book seemed more harmless than disconcerting but nonetheless reviewing early in his presidency for instance trump agreed to participate in an. Hbo Documentary that featured judges in a bipartisan mix of lawmakers as well as all the living former presidents reading aloud from the constitution but when a camera crew came into tape trump he struggled and stumbled over taxed. He blamed others in the room for his mistakes and then he griped about how the Constitution Constitution is written saying quote. It's like a foreign language. The president of the United States said the constitution is like a foreign language. And that's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar number one with with pomp and circumstance. The House of Representatives delivered the two articles of impeachment to the Senate last night the impeachment managers brief ceremonial journey across the capital. A month after the House voted to impeach relinquished democratic control over the process that is expected to end in the president's election year acquitted by the Republican controlled Senate House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi declared that trump is guilty of an assault assault on the constitution and rejected criticism. That is impeachment is politically motivated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch. McConnell attacked the House inquiry is dangerous and unprecedented and accused Democrats Kratz of pure factionalism privately. McConnell and other senior Republicans still hope a majority of senators will think they've heard enough after opening arguments to make a vote to to acquit the president without hearing from any witnesses several closely watched Republican senators declined to say whether they believe how Biden is worthy of summoning. Yesterday as there's some pressure Asher from hardline conservatives to do so and Democrats are unanimous in their view that the former vice president's son should not be compelled to testify. Trump's legal team is eyeing a swift swift trial that they hope will take less than two weeks goals to get it wrapped before the state of the Union February fourth. The president is demanding his team do everything possible to block witnesses who would delivered damaging testimony about the hands on role that he played in the Ukraine saga last night left parnassus regionally. He's indicted Soviet board associate went on. MSNBC and told Rachel maddow that the president knew exactly what Giuliani and his team were up to in Ukraine. The president's lawyers are looking looking to cast as much as possible on the two charges against the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Though there's a pretty large set of bad facts that are not in dispute senior White House. Aides are also gaming out how to manage trump himself during this trial which they expect him to watch and they worry he'll tweet things that undermine his case while the trials underway as he did during the house hearings Republican House members many of whom jockeyed for official roles on the defense team for the Senate trial will instead fan out across television. Works White House advisers. Say this is as as much about ensuring that trump feels like. He's receiving a robust defense as anything else the procedural formalities of the trial are expected to begin this afternoon with the the reading of the articles. The swearing in chief justice. John Roberts who will preside over the trial and then the swearing in of the Senators Jurors Roberts will administer an both to every senator. It's different from the one they take when they joined Congress now they're Jersey trial. I'll be at the trial of a president. And they're pledging to quote do impartial social justice. So help them God. The oath is prescribed by Senate rules. And it's the same one that was used going back to the trial of Andrew Johnson in eighteen sixty eight after that. The Senate is expected to recess for the weekend and the trial will begin in earnest next Tuesday after. Mlk Day on. Monday number two a week before Germany. France and Britain formally accused Iran of breaching the twenty fifteen nuclear deal which they did earlier this week. The trump administration issued a private threat to the Europeans pins that shocked leaders in all three countries if they refused to call out Tehran and initiate and are keen dispute mechanism in the deal trump on boys Toba leaders at the US would immediately imposed a unilateral twenty five percent tariff on all European automobiles within days three countries cave to trump and formally accused Iran of violating the deal triggering a recourse provision that could reimpose United Nations sanctions on Iran and then unraveled the last remaining vestiges of the Obama. Eh Agreement the effort to coerce European foreign policy through tariffs a move one top European official acquainted to extortion represents. It's a new level of hardball tactics. With the United States' oldest allies it also underscores the extraordinary tumult in the transatlantic relationship threats like. This aren't the way most people deal with their friends. Number three. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction told Congress yesterday that. US officials have routinely lied to the American people throughout the eighteen year war. John sopko said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that there is an odor of mendacity throughout the Afghanistan issue mendacity and Hubris he said three presidents have created incentives. That almost require people to lie as an example sopko said. US officials have lied in the past about the number of Afghan children enrolled in schools. A key marker of progress often touted by the Obama and Bush administrations even though they knew the data was bad he also said that. US officials have falsely claimed major gains in Afghan life expectancy. Even they knew the claims they were making were statistically physically impossible to achieve in addition sop criticized the trump administration specifically for classifying information. That shows the war is going badly including data ada on Afghan troop casualties and assessments of the Taliban strength but he said then declassified misleading information that makes their strategy look like. It's working these kinds of lies. He said are corrosive and even dangerous to a free society. And that's the daily to you for Thursday January sixteenth. Thanks for listening. I'm James Hillman. If you WANNA get more news about the impeachment process you can subscribe to a podcast asked feed from the Washington Post with all our updates in one place including the latest from the daily to of Tuesday big idea. Can he do that and post reports. They find it at Washington Post Dot com slash podcasts.."