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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by NSSF — Trump hits EU, Canada, Mexico with steel tariffs | Mexico immediately retaliates, EU vows to follow suit | Trump claims he didn't fire Comey over Russia | Trump to pardon conservative Dinesh D'Souza | Considers clemency for Martha Stewart | How Trump, Sessions feud is growing more toxic | Magnolia Bakery coming to Union Station DC

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

All I can picture is Trump singing "Summer Nights" from "Grease" back and forth alternating between both costumes:

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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 insists he did not fire former FBI Director 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 MORE over the Russia investigation. He tweeted: "Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!" http://bit.ly/2IXSmFP

(Yes, we're still talking about why Trump fired Comey.)

 

THROWBACKS: 

May 11, 2017: President Trump told NBC's Lester Holt: "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey," Trump said, insisting "there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.'" Watch Trump's explanation right after: http://bit.ly/2JdwoxZ

May 19, 2017: President Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak: "I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off." (Via The New York Times's Matt Apuzzo, Maggie Haberman and Matthew Rosenberghttps://nyti.ms/2H7RtEL

 

It's Thursday, May 31. Where did May go??  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.

 

 

THIS A.M.

Pardonne-moi?: 

President Trump announced that he will pardon conservative author Dinesh D'Souza later today. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" Trump tweeted. http://bit.ly/2xrMvDq

BACK STORY: D'Souza pleaded guilty to violating campaign laws in 2014 and was convicted of a felony. https://fxn.ws/2H9lZhn

WHO ELSE TRUMP HAS PARDONED: Former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby are two of the president's notable pardons. 

TIMING: Yesterday, Trump met with reality TV star Kim Kardashian West to discuss prison reform. https://cnn.it/2H8Nec5

 

Just now — More pardons coming?!:

Via The Hill’s Jordan FabianPresident Trump just said he is considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and pardoning TV personality Martha Stewart (!) http://bit.ly/2J7E8yg

 

Just announced -- Trump's new tariffs:

Starting Friday, the Trump administration will place hefty aluminum and steel tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico. What changed: "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 on Thursday said President Trump has decided to end the temporary exemptions for the three key trading allies despite their two months of lobbying to avoid the tariffs." Ross told reporters: "We look forward to continued negotiations with Canada and Mexico on one hand and with the European Commission on the other hand as there are other issues we need to get resolved." http://bit.ly/2LN3RNT

Keep in mind: Those countries are likely to retaliate, and it puts the North American Free Trade Agreement at risk.

^WELL, THAT WAS QUICK:

Mexico retaliates: The government of Mexico quickly announced that it will implement new duties on various U.S. products. For example: “Flat steels (hot and cold foil, including coated and various tubes), lamps, legs and shoulders of pork, sausages and food preparations, apples, grapes, blueberries, various cheeses, among others, up to an amount comparable to the level of affectation.” http://bit.ly/2JfFpq6

The European Union: The EU quickly announced it will file a case against the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and take retaliatory action, most likely in the form of reciprocal tariffs. http://bit.ly/2xs485X

 

Trump's response to the controversial Roseanne Barr tweet, take two: 

President Trump again responded to Roseanne Barr's controversial tweets. Oh, did he address the tweet this time? No: Trump again criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger for not apologizing for a corrected ABC News report last year. He tweeted: "Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? He tanked the market with an ABC lie, yet no apology. Double Standard!" http://bit.ly/2sxShOa

 

TRENDING

The Parkland shooting suspect made videos describing his plot: 
Via NBC's Phil Helsel, Florida high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, recorded cellphone videos before the massacre, describing his plan at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The videos included this remark: "I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018."  https://nbcnews.to/2stoBlf

KEEP IN MIND -- RELEASING THESE VIDEOS WAS CONTROVERSIAL: Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed that day, is worried about the media coverage of the videos. "I don't want other kids to see what he said and think they'll do it better," he told the Miami Herald. https://hrld.us/2J7g92c

 

IN OTHER NEWS

No, no, Bill Bennett. You don't understand. This is different. Trump likes me. He does!:

Via The Washington Post's Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey and Robert Costa, President Trump said yesterday that he wishes he picked a different attorney general, again attacking Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases MORE, who recused himself from the Russia investigation. Reagan administration alum Bill Bennett, who supporters Sessions, gave some tough advice. "There is one rule: If the president doesn't want you, you don't stay," Bennett said. "You've got to be ready to go once you sense the president's displeasure with you." https://wapo.st/2J05n1x

HOW THE TRUMP/SESSIONS FEUD IS ESCALATING: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/2L8SO0s

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS

This kid is all of us: 

Watch -- it's cringeworthy but incredible: http://bit.ly/2sujocG

 

This tweet has gone pretty viral: 

 

ON TAP

Congress is out. President Trump is bouncing around Texas for the day and Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

12:10 a.m. EDT: President Trump is meeting with family members and community leaders from Santa Fe, Texas.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Houston.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a National Republican Senatorial Committee lunch in Houston.

4:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with supporters in Dallas.

10 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

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 Macaroon Day.

 

Spotted -- First a Chick-fil-A, now this! 2018 is a great year for Union Station's food options: 

 

And to break up your Thursday afternoon, here's a mesmerizing time lapse of baby fish growing. http://bit.ly/2skRUXO