The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on historic Trump, Kim summit | Leaders sign denuclearization deal, hail 'new chapter' | Trump lavishes Kim with praise | Reaction from Washington | Dems rip concessions, 'embarrassing' rhetoric | The strangest moments | Sights and sounds from Caps' victory parade | George HW Bush turns 94

Get used to this photo shoot. You're going to see these photos on every U.S./North Korea article for a long, long time.


Watch out -- Justin Trudeau is going to be jealous of the bromance:
President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement to give North Korea unspecified "security guarantees" if the peninsula denuclearizes.



Trump on the chances Kim follows through: "I may be wrong. I mean, I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey, I was wrong,'" said Trump, before adding, "I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse." Watch:

What this means for the U.S. military: Nothing yet. A U.S. military spokeswoman said that troops on the Korean peninsula have not received any updated guidance on ending training exercises with South Korea.

What this means for South Korea: Stay tuned -- they're curious about that, too. "At this point, we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump's remarks," a South Korean spokesperson said.

Read the full text of Trump/Kim's agreement:


It's Tuesday. Filing from downtown D.C. with SWARMS of Caps fans, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and Trump/Kim puns to and on Facebook.



Trump on Kim's personality: "Really, he's got a great personality. He's a funny guy, he's very smart, he's a great negotiator."

You're beautiful. No, youuu're beautiful: President Trump called Kim "a very worthy, very smart negotiator" and vowed to meet with him "many times."

North Koreans, they love the guy: President Trump said the people of North Korea "love" leader Kim Jong UnWhy this is noteworthy: Trump has recently criticized Kim's oppressive regime that's been accused of multiple human rights abuses. Watch the back and forth from ABC's George Stephanopoulos:

So much praise: Trump called Kim a "very talented man" who "loves his country very much."

Trump invites Kim to D.C.: When asked whether Trump would invite Kim to the White House, he said: "Absolutely, I will."



From House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNew Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem' Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORERyan (R-Wis.) said, "Only time will tell if North Korea is serious this time, and in the meantime we must continue to apply maximum economic pressure."

From Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances The Hill's 12:30 Report Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORE: McConnell (R-Ky.) called it a historic step, but was cautious. "Today is the beginning of the arduous process. Our eyes are wide open. I support the goals contained in the statement and I remain supportive of the administration's mission."

From Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE: Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed the meeting. "It is worrisome, very worrisome that this joint statement is so imprecise. What the U.S. has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting ... We've legitimized a brutal dictator who's starved his own people."

From House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances New Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem' MORE: Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a scathing statement. "In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime's status quo," she said.

From Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP looks to injure Nelson over Russia comments Rubio’s pro-family, conservative family leave policy promotes stability Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries MORE (R-Fla.) -- 'total weirdo': "While I know [President Trump] is trying to butter him up to get a good deal, [Kim Jong Un] is NOT a talented guy. He inherited the family business from his dad & grandfather. He is a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy."

From Fox's Brit Hume: "Disconcerting to say the least to see POTUS shaking hands with the thug Kim Jong Un and saying he's 'honored.' Will only be worth it if Mike Pompeo is right about what he sensed in his NK meetings. We'll know soon enough," Hume tweeted.

From CNN's Jake Tapper: "It's not as if other presidents couldn't have done this," Tapper said of Trump's meeting with Kim. "It's that they didn't want to." Tapper's reasoning: Other leaders haven't met with Kim to avoid giving the dictatorship "prestige."

Iran weighs in -- a little salty: Iran warned Kim that Trump could still scrap the agreement. From an Iran spokesman: "We don't know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home."

From an Obama official: "I was a little taken aback by the North Korean flags and the American flags side by side ... We aren't equals to each other," said Wendy Sherman, a former undersecretary of State for political affairs.

The most bizarre interview of the day -- it's just a big day for Dennis Rodman, that's all: NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman gave an emotional, awkward TV interview reacting to the summit. Just watch it -- you'll see what I mean:

From former CIA North Korea analyst Soo Kim: "Fantastic, indeed."



Video of the handshake -- So. Many. Camera. Clicks.: 

Hm. Definitely an idea...: Comedian Tim Young tweeted, "RETWEET if you think Dennis Rodman should be the first U.S. Ambassador to North Korea."

*coughs up sip of water* -- Um what?!: "Trump Showed Kim Jong Un A Fake Movie Trailer Starring The Two Of Them As Heroes." Watch: 

Haha, this is SO relatable: 

The ultimate 2017 meets 2018 meme:



There's a suspicious number of people with Caps jerseys over their work clothes:

The Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals are celebrating through the streets of Washington, D.C. for the team's victory parade. Livestream and updates:

Video of the parade from the air:


Late this a.m. -- Obama gives the Caps a shout out:

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe US must not turn its back on refugees Gorka calls Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants ‘fake news’  The queen, Aretha Franklin, is dead MORE tweeted, ""Congratulations to the @Capitals! This @NHLBlackhawks fan knows what it's like to lift that cup – and I'm happy for all the Caps fans who cheer so hard for their team, and for a team that celebrates so hard with its fans." Keep in mind: The Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups during his presidency.




Haha, now t​hat's a record:



Well, good, the U.S. would actually make the World Cup that year... (grumble):

Via The New York Times's Andrew DasPresident Trump wrote to the head of FIFA to pitch the U.S. as the host team for the 2026 World Cup.


Happy Birthday, HW!: 

Former President George H. W. Bush turns 94 today. Keep in mind: He is the first U.S. president to turn 94 years old. (h/t CBS's Norah O'Donnell)


Get well soon, Larry Kudlow: 

President Trump announced last night that his economic adviser Larry Kudlow had a heart attack and is recovering in the hospital. Keep in mind: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "very mild."




The news we all deserve:

As promised, here are updates of the fox: 



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is on his way back to the United States and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the Senate Republican policy lunch. 

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes postponed in the House.



2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republicans hold a press briefing. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: Senate Democrats hold a press briefing. Livestream:

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on election interference. Livestream:

Thursday: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is National Jerky Day. It's also National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.


Little known fact: deer LOVE parades: 

The D.C. metro tweeted a video of a deer that wandered into the metro station in Crystal City. The caption: "Seems like *everyone* wants to get aboard the Capitals train this morning!" Video:


And because you made it this far, here's a kitten who needs help reaching its toy: