Pence to brief House GOP leaders on North Korea summit

Pence to brief House GOP leaders on North Korea summit
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Vice President Pence will brief House Republican leaders on Tuesday’s historic summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to a GOP aide.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Pelosi: 'The Russians have something on the president' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Overnight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process Koch backs House measure opposing carbon taxes MORE (R-La.) are both expected to attend the briefing with Pence, which is scheduled for Tuesday in the Capitol.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit Former Trump aide says he canceled CNN appearance over 'atrocious' Helsinki coverage MORE (R-Wis.) is also supposed to have a conversation with Pence, who briefed GOP senators during an off-campus lunch at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) earlier in the day.

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Following Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim signed a document committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

The document does not elaborate on what steps the United States will take to guarantee North Korea’s security, nor does it lay out the steps North Korea will need to take to denuclearize.

Republican senators said Tuesday that they want the Trump administration to submit any final deal between the United States and North Korea to Congress for a vote.

Trump also announced a decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, which appeared to surprise military officials and raised eyebrows among some Republicans.

“I don’t think that’s wise because we have done these exercises for years,” said Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOnly all-male state Supreme Court set to get female justice GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE The real reason Scott Pruitt is gone: Putting a key voting bloc at risk MORE (Iowa), a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I would just ask the president, ‘Why do we need to suspend them? They are legal.’ ”

A Pentagon spokeswoman told CNN that Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet Mattis doesn't mention Russia by name at meeting with Balkan officials: report Trump references ‘legitimate media and fake-news media’ at meeting with NATO leader MORE had been consulted on Trump's announcement and "was not surprised."

"The secretary is in full alignment with the president to meet his goal which is denuclearization of the peninsula,” Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said.