JUST POSTED — The must-read of the day is Bloomberg’s Josh Green going long on DONALD TRUMP’S post-presidency in Florida: “Welcome to the Trump Coast.” We got an exclusive early peek:
“He’ll show up to anything. In recent weeks, Trump has popped into engagement parties and memorial services. A Mar-a-Lago member who recently attended a club gathering for a deceased friend was surprised when Trump sauntered in to deliver remarks and then hung around, apparently enjoying himself.
“This insular feedback loop, amplified by the worshipful validation he gets for doing Newsmax or OAN TV hits, doesn’t appear likely to diminish as he settles into his New Jersey golf club for the summer and prepares to resume his trademark rallies. ‘Donald Trump needs the adulation of the crowd the way you or I need oxygen to breathe,’ says MICHAEL COHEN, his estranged former lawyer. By all accounts, Trump’s life after the White House doesn’t resemble that of a typical ex-president so much as a foreign monarch cast into exile—like NAPOLEON at Elba, but with golf and a bigger buffet.” With cameos from Brad Parscale, Eddie Vale, Andy Surabian, Sean Spicer, Hogan Gidley, Sam Nunberg, Joe Budd and Thomas Peterffy
ASSESSING THE VEEP’S TRIP — KAMALA HARRIS’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico — like just about every foreign trip by a president or VP — was a mix of policy and politics. On the policy, her aides, her allies and those in the immigration advocacy space tell us she did what she was supposed to do. On the politics, they admit her performance could have been smoother. (Though they will also remind you the bar is much higher for a woman of color.)
First, the policy: Harris spent an hour-and-a-half talking to Guatemalan President ALEJANDRO GIAMMATTEI. And in Mexico, before an hourlong bilateral with President ANDRÉS MANUEL LÓPEZ OBRADOR, we’re told Harris called an “audible,” telling her staff, “I’m going to talk to this guy,” according to an aide present. She did so privately for 30 minutes and then again for 40 minutes after the bilat.
Two aides on the trip insisted the ensuing conversations went well, especially considering her lack of foreign policy experience. Harris took flack — including from some far-left Democrats — for advising Guatemalans “do not come” to the United States right now, the official policy of the administration. But the advisers downplayed that dustup.
As for the politics: For months, Republicans have been trying to pin the entire immigration quagmire on Harris, despite the fact that her assignment from President JOE BIDEN was actually much narrower. Folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. have grown increasingly frustrated by it, but they also recognize Republicans weren’t to stop beating the “why isn’t she going to the border” drum.
They also knew it was bound to come up in media interviews, including the one where NBC’s LESTER HOLT pressed her about going to the border. A clearly frustrated Harris eventually said, “I, and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Two former Harris advisers said that exchange with Holt fit a pattern. One of the former aides from her Senate office put it like this: “It sometimes takes her a while to land on the right message, and sometimes she can be a little undisciplined in her message. But she eventually gets there.”
Some folks in Harris’ orbit think Biden isn’t doing her any favors. The president has been largely able to dodge the issue of immigration and the border, as…