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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by NSSF — Trump says he shouldn't be focusing on Russia probe | Trump also claims Mueller will meddle in 2018 midterms | Efforts to revive Korea summit ramp up | Pompeo to meet top North Korean official | Trump pushes tech tariffs on China | Roseanne Barr apologizes for racially charged tweet about ex-Obama aide | Yankees crowd boos Giuliani on his birthday

 

JUST ANNOUNCED

Trump to China -- 'Come on, maaaan':

The Trump administration just said it is going ahead with actions to crack down on Chinese trade practices by June 30. I.e.: Tariffs on Chinese tech exports believed to contain stolen American intellectual property. The numbers: Tariffs will be levied on $50 billion of tech goods imported from China. 

TIMING: A few days ago, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE's trade representatives gave Chinese officials a list of trade demands. Like: Asking China's government to slash its trade deficit with the U.S. by $200 billion by the end of 2020.

WHEN TO EXPECT THE LIST OF AFFECTED PRODUCTS: June 15

KEEP IN MIND: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe seafood trade deficit is a diversionary tactic Wilbur Ross is wrong; the pain from the trade war is coming The booming economy trumps Trump's trade battle with China MORE is visiting China this weekend for trade negotiations.

 

It's Tuesday -- welcome back. The French Open has officially kicked off! 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

 

LATEST WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION

Trump accuses Mueller of 2018 meddling -- OK, everyone, who had 'May 29' for the day Trump would start this attack? That's 'May-2-9': 

This morning, President Trump attacked the special counsel investigation, accusing Mueller's team of meddling in this fall's midterm elections. He tweeted: "The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls. There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats!" http://bit.ly/2IRFyk1

 

I kid you not, he tweeted this 20 minutes later: 

President Trump said this morning that he should focus his attention on running the United States, not the Russia investigation. The tweet: "Sorry, I've got to start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more, and not on the Rigged Russia Witch Hunt that should be investigating Clinton/Russia/FBI/Justice/Obama/Comey/Lynch etc." http://bit.ly/2L4W5Oj

All together now: We agree!

KEEP IN MIND: In less than an hour this morning, the president tweeted three times about the Russia investigation, followed by one tweet about focusing his attention on diplomacy and policy.

 

 *Trump digs around in a bag of tricks* -- Aha!:

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Via The Hill's Amie ParnesPresident Trump has used his skills to discredit his political opponents -- think: "low-energy Jeb" Bush, "Lyin' Ted" Cruz, "Crooked Hillary" Clinton and "nut job" James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment New grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse Sessions gets unexpected support - from a Democrat who wants to impeach Trump MOREBut special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is a bigger challenge: Mueller is a war hero and legendary FBI man, and Trump's advisers have been telling him to cooperate with Mueller. New strategy: Though there hasn't been an insulting nickname yet, Trump has started going toe-to-toe with the Mueller investigation in recent months. What this means -- it's an interesting read: http://bit.ly/2kBKw6h

  

THE LATEST WITH THE NORTH KOREA SUMMIT

The meeting shall be grand: 

This morning, President Trump announced that preparations are again taking place for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnWhat changed: Trump touted a "solid response" to his letter last week withdrawing from the meeting. http://bit.ly/2L4W5Oj

New detail — Pompeo does CPR on the summit: 
Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Pompeo’s staff cracks down on ‘correct use of commas’ at State Dept MORE will meet this week with a top North Korean official in New York. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will also huddle with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington on June 7, five days before the proposed summit date. What to read from this: The flurry of activity is the latest indication Trump is scrambling to save the North Korean summit, which he scrapped in a letter to Kim just last week. http://bit.ly/2H0h3vt

PERSPECTIVES:

Against: Author Dave Anderson argues that President Trump lost his leverage in the negotiations: http://bit.ly/2sj5V8n

For: America First Policies' Alex Titus argues that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not gaining leverage and hails Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign. http://bit.ly/2JgRtaw 

 

IN OTHER NEWS

This a.m. -- Yikes, this is not OK: 

"Roseanne" star Roseanne Barr attacked former Obama adviser Valerie Jarett, alleging connections to the Muslim Brotherhood that many have called racist. Barr attacked Jarett, who was born in Iran, as a child of the Islamist group and the movie "Planet of the Apes." http://bit.ly/2IRI8Xf

LATER THIS MORNING -- ROSEANNE APOLOGIZES: Roseanne Barr tweeted, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste." http://bit.ly/2ITXA5x

OUCH: Dictionary.com tweeted, “Bizarre is one word to describe Roseanne's comments about Valerie Jarrett, or you could use this one: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/racist" http://bit.ly/2kzk0ud

 

Aw, this is kinda sad -- Happy Birthday, Rudy!!!!: 

President Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) went to a Yankees game for his birthday yesterday, and when an announcer wished him a happy birthday, the crowd *very* loudly booed. http://bit.ly/2GYrqjp

Video of fans booing :( http://bit.ly/2IR8fOm

 

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ON TAP:

Congress is out.

11 am. EDT: President Trump received his daily intelligence briefing.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonReport: A third of Ben Carson’s appointees have no housing experience Kavanaugh an excellent fit to continue the Supreme Court's honored tradition GOP strategist: Republican candidates distancing themselves from Trump could backfire in midterms MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Nashville, Tenn.

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Nashville, Tenn.

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with supporters.

11:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to Washington, D.C.

June 5: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMore Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) is delivering an address, “The War on Regulation: Good for Corporations, Bad for the Public” at Georgetown University Law School. Details: http://bit.ly/2xrwcq8

June 14: The World Cup begins. Schedule: http://bit.ly/2ISYFKQ

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

6 p.m. EDT: The Brookings Institution is holding an event on medical marijuana in the United States. Detail and livestream: https://brook.gs/2kByJo9

8 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2xoArmb

Wow— video of people lining up: Keep in mind — this is 8.5 hours before the event. http://bit.ly/2xlMjoU

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Brisket Day.

 

Trending -- this is a heartwarming but scary story:

Via CNN, a man was granted French citizenship after he scaled a building to rescue a child. The video is terrifying: https://cnn.it/2GX7kWE

 

And I thought American pancakes were fluffy...: 

Check out these monstrous pancakes in Taiwan. They look incredible: http://bit.ly/2J0PZxJ

 

And to brighten your Tuesday, here are four dogs casually jumping rope. The coordination is remarkable: http://bit.ly/2kBOmMJ