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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by NSSF — Trump weighs in on Roseanne controversy | Kim Kardashian visiting White House | Ukraine faked death of anti-Putin journalist | Key Republican defends FBI | Trump says he wishes he didn't pick Sessions for AG

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Trump reacts to Roseanne, but I can guarantee it’s not what you’re guessing: 

^It doesn’t matter what you’re guessing. I’m fairly ​confident it’s not that.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE finally spoke out about the controversy over Roseanne Barr’s tweet against former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and ABC's decision to cancel her show. He tweeted: Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?” http://bit.ly/2H158NL

HOW THE WHITE HOUSE REACTED BEFORE TRUMP’S TWEET: The administration dodged questions about the controversy. When asked to respond, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said President Trump is focused on “bigger things.” http://bit.ly/2IYFUkR

 

Behind-the-scenes -- welp, that unsurprisingly escalated quickly: 

CNN's Brian Stelter has a fascinating read on the inside story of how ABC decided to fire "Roseanne" star Roseanne Barr. "Tuesday happened to be the writing and producing staff's first day back at work for season two ... staffers were just beginning to arrive when the cancellation news hit at 10:48 a.m. Pacific." Full tick tock: https://cnnmon.ie/2kz2vtK

REACTION FROM VALERIE JARRETT: Former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett said this should be used as a "teaching moment" for everyone. In her words: "I'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense." Watch Jarrett: http://bit.ly/2LGi3s2

NEW THIS MORNING -- ROSEANNE'S EXCUSE: Roseanne Barr said she was on the sleeping pill Ambien when she tweeted a racist remark. Her tweet, which has since been deleted: "It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please." http://bit.ly/2kBEWjW

REACTION FROM THE MAKER OF AMBIEN -- OUCH: 

OMG, PLEASE STOP TALKING: Roseanne Barr tweeted that she thought Jarrett was white, Saudi, Jewish and Persian. Read her tweets -- they're a little cringeworthy: http://bit.ly/2IVXuKt

 

Why this story isn't going away anytime soon:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "the firestorm surrounding Barr does not appear likely to be quelled anytime soon -- and not only because the show had been a huge hit, attracting more than 18 million viewers for its March premiere. The show's eponymous lead character was a Trump supporter, a rare thing on the pop culture landscape." I.e.: Liberals and conservatives are both getting fired up over the controversy. http://bit.ly/2shXl9S

 

 

It's Wednesday. 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.

 

KIM KARDASHIAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY

If Donald Trump can handle a meeting with this Kim, he can handle the other Kim:

First reaction --> http://bit.ly/2IST7Qi 

Second reaction --> http://bit.ly/2sjJYpA

Via Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox, reality star Kim Kardashian is meeting with President Trump at the White House this afternoon to discuss prison reform. Meeting agenda: "Kardashian plans to ask Trump to pardon a woman serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time drug offense." Lol -- depends on who owns KKW makeup: "White House staffers have joked about who will get to accompany her to the West Wing, and what they should wear for the occasion." http://bit.ly/2IU89FD

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDepartment of Justice right to go after Hezbollah Sessions defends media following disappearance of Saudi journalist Trump goes on 12-tweet Twitter tirade MORE privately thinks to himself, 'He didn't mean it.'

Narrator: 'He meant it.':

This morning, President Trump said he regrets his decision to pick Jeff Sessions as attorney general. How it came up: Citing Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans MORE (R-S.C.), who said earlier on CBS that Trump "could have picked somebody else" to lead the Justice Department, the president responded, "I wish I did!" The frustration: Sessions's recusal from the Russia investigation after he took the job as attorney general. Why this is big: It's the latest sign of Trump's growing anger over the Russia investigation. http://bit.ly/2kBF3Mu

OH BY THE WAY -- GOWDY DEFENDED THE FBI INVESTIGATION: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy defended the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including the use of an informant to gather information on some campaign aides. In Gowdy's words: "I think you would want the FBI to find whether or not there was any validity to what those people were saying." Watch Gowdy's reasoning: http://bit.ly/2IZx6Q9

INTERESTING TIDBIT: Gowdy said he has never spoken to or met President TrumpHow it came up: Gowdy was asked why Trump keeps accusing the FBI of placing an informant in his presidential campaign for political reasons. He said he had never discussed those issues with the president and had never met him. Watch: http://bit.ly/2H2z7VP

 

A headline I hoped I'd never have to write again: 

President Trump tweeted about the crowd size of his event last night, blasting The New York Times for its estimate. He tweeted: "The Failing and Corrupt nytimes estimated the crowd last night at '1000 people,' when in fact it was many times that number -- and the arena was rockin'. This is the way they demean and disparage. They are very dishonest people who don't 'get' me, and never did!" http://bit.ly/2xsUxvx

 

I seriously can't get enough of this story:

Via The Associated Press, "Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday, has shown up at a news conference very much alive." I'm sorry, what happened?: The Ukranian Security Service "faked Babchenko's death to catch those who were trying to kill him." How he acted in the press conference: He thanked everyone for mourning his death. http://bit.ly/2JmE4xE Video of the press conference: https://wapo.st/2L8eycK

  

 

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ON TAP:

Congress is out.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE.

6 p.m. EDT Thursday: The National Press Club is airing the film "Chappaquiddick." Details: http://bit.ly/2LFjC9A

Friday: National Doughnut Day. I'm giving you the heads up so you can plan accordingly. ;)

Also Friday: Hurricane season begins. What to expect: https://cnn.it/2J0jXSK

Just announced -- June 7: Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoHillicon Valley: Facebook rift over exec's support for Kavanaugh | Dem worried about Russian trolls jumping into Kavanaugh debate | China pushes back on Pence Trump administration moves ahead with plans to rewrite self-driving cars rules Transportation Department will 'no longer assume' commercial drivers are human MORE speaks at a Washington Post event on aviation regulation. https://wapo.st/2LKzU16

Just announced -- June 14: House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) speaks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. 

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the Right to Try Act. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2soE1qM

What the bill does: It gives "terminally ill patients a way to independently seek drugs that are still experimental and not fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration." http://bit.ly/2L7ge6s

2:45 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2kBJ6sa

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks during the White House Sports and Fitness Day on the South Lawn. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2JcUk4x

10 p.m. EDT Friday: NBC's Kate Snow sits down with Andrea Constand, the first woman to pursue charges against Bill Cosby.

 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Mint Julep Day.

 

Pokémon -- you haven't caught them all: 

Two new Pokémon games are launching on the Nintendo Switch this November. What to know about the new games: http://bit.ly/2IW5Ph9

 

The perfect summer dessert: 

Via Refinery29, here's a shop in New York that creates watermelon soft serve sorbet served in a slice of watermelon. It looks so refreshing: http://bit.ly/2H3Qq8M

 

And because you read this far, here's a parrot doing an impressive Irish jig: http://bit.ly/2IVISuB