The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage

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*Cuing our inner George-W-Bush-overheard-at-Trump's-inauguration-last-year* -- 'That was some weird shit.': 


Back story if you don't remember that reference --> 

The consensus on 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's joint press conference yesterday with Russian President Vladimir Putin: bizarre.

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here are five takeaways: 

1. A jaw-dropper, even by Trump's standards -- Trump stating he believes Russia over the intelligence community is pretty stunning.

2. Republicans and outside allies join chorus of disapproval-- Democrats, Republicans and sympathetic media outlets are all critical of Trump's performance.  

3. A very good day for Putin-- Putin must be thrilled.

4. Any good news for Trump got lost-- Trump's prepared remarks were substantive, but the off-the-cuff remarks have dominated any positive news.

5. All eyes on what's next-- This will likely dominate the news cycle and that's grim news for Trump.

Context and details for each:

LATE THIS A.M. -- TRUMP REACTS: President Trump criticized the media, accusing them of unfairly covering his meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinHe tweeted: "While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way -- the Fake News is going Crazy!"

ALSO THIS MORNING -- RYAN WEIGHED IN: 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 MORE (R-Wis) just told reporters he doesn't believe Trump's comments amounted to treason. But Ryan did add: "Vladimir Putin does not share our interests; Vladimir Putin does not share our values. ... [Russia] did interfere in our elections. Let me be really clear. There should be no doubt about that. It's also clear that it did not have a material effect on our elections."

AND TO ROUND THINGS OUT — OBAMA ALSO WEIGHED IN THIS MORNING: 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 appeared to rebuke Trump during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. In Obama’s words: "Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up ... we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they're caught in a lie and they just double down.” Watch:

THE GIST OF REPUBLICANS' REACTION --> lawmakers, including prominent voices on national security and foreign policy, were highly critical of Trump's performance. The sharpest criticism: Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Rand Paul’s Russia visit displays advancement of peace through diplomacy MORE (R-Ariz.), who has expressed confidence in Trump's national security team, called Trump's comments "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE -- A FLURRY OF PROTESTS: Protesters chanted outside of the White House last night. Video from BuzzFeed's Tarini Parti:


It's Tuesday -- D.C. is buzzing for the MLB All-Star Game tonight. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.



*Cues auction voice* -- 'And we have a Republican!':

Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanColorado couple fighting to stop adopted 4-year-old daughter from being deported Dems make big play for House in California Election Countdown: Ohio special election fight heats up | Takeaways from Georgia primaries | Key primaries ahead in August | Blankenship files for third-party bid in West Virginia | More Dem candidates say they won't back Pelosi MORE (R-Colo.) is the first House Republican lawmaker to back a bill to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Keep in mind: Coffman is also one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection.

The chances the bill will move forward -- very, very slim: "That bill has little chance of advancing in a Republican-controlled Congress. And the [Congressional Review Act] bill still needs about two dozen more GOP House members to back the discharge petition to bring it to the floor."



Meet the man behind the DNC's cybersecurity:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, after stunning cyberattacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) resulted in high-level officials' emails leaked online, DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE hired Raffi Krikorian to overhaul the DNC's cybersecurity tools. What Krikorian has been up to: "Krikorian has brought his Silicon Valley skills to bear in the political world, laser-focused on beefing up the security know-how of the party's staff." His interview with The Hill:



Hey now, you're an All-Star:
This year's MLB All-Star Game is happening tonight at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 


What time does the game begin?: 8 p.m. EDT.  

Where it will air: Fox. You can also stream the game online. How:

Will it rain?: It's possible. D.C. is very hot and muggy today, with possible thunderstorms and rain in the evening. The Capital Weather Gang says to expect rain around Nats Park between 6 and 7 p.m. Not that this helps for the All-Star game, but...: Tomorrow will be beautiful.

What if it rains?: MLB will really try to have the game tonight. A rain delay is possible and if a delay extends late, the league would look to tomorrow.

Will the Metro stay open late?: Yes, it will run until at least 12:30 a.m.

Food and drinks specials around Washington, D.C.:

Wow -- check out this photo from last night:

This image for tonight's game is pretty cool:



Who wore it best?:


How Republican strategist Michael Steel took the Trump-Putin news yesterday:


Today in 'overhearing tourists' conversations':



The House and Senate are in.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe US must not turn its back on refugees Taiwan is key to US power in Pacific The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room. Vice President Pence also attends.

2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns from their weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today:

5:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

July 23: New York City's Restaurant Week begins. Details and participating restaurants:

July 24: Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer slams Omarosa on WH recordings: 'She will do anything to further her own being' The Hill's 12:30 Report White House seeking to prevent Omarosa from releasing more tapes: report MORE releases his memoir. 



8 a.m. EDT: Former President Obama spoke at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg. Keep in mind: It's the 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth. Livestream:

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

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

8 p.m. EDT: The MLB All-Star game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. How to stream the game:



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