The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by Delta Air Lines - Trump says he will sign 'something' to end family separations

The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Sponsored by Delta Air Lines -- Trump says he will sign 'something' to end family separations | House to vote on immigration bills Thursday | Leaders struggling to win votes | Trump cancels congressional picnic | Trump to hold rally in Minnesota tonight | DC voters approve measure to raise tipped workers' wages | World Refugee Day



BREAKING -- Forget having to kiss babies on the campaign trail. You just need to support keeping them together these days:

Via The Hill's Jordan FabianPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE says he will sign "something" to end his administration's controversial practice of separating children from their parents when illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump just told reporters: "I'll be signing something in a little while that's going to do that. I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure."

SOME CLUES TO WHAT TRUMP WOULD SIGN -- AN EXECUTIVE ACTION?​: Late this morning, The Associated Press's Jill Colvin and Colleen Long reported that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenWatchdog finds FEMA chief cost government 1K on unauthorized travel: report Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems DOJ employee in Project Veritas video says she was fired for confronting Kirstjen Nielsen at restaurant MORE is drafting an executive action that would keep families together on the U.S.-Mexico border. Nielsen was then spotted at the White House.

EARLIER THIS MORNING -- TRUMP GOT THE BALL ROLLING ON CAPITOL HILL: Trump said would support a standalone bill ending the controversial policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump's first choice: The president would prefer a bill that would include border wall funding, but now would support measures to end the separation policy.

LAST NIGHT AT TRUMP HOTEL: A liberal super PAC blared audio of separated children through a loud speaker at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Also last night: There was a Republican fundraiser at the hotel. Spotted: Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration Spicer: People at White House are 'burnt out' Spicer: On-camera briefings have become 'grandstanding' opportunity for reporters MORE and Donald Trump Jr. President Trump was also reportedly at the hotel yesterday evening.

THIS A.M. -- TRUMP BLAMES DEMOCRATS: President Trump accused Democrats of trying to "obstruct" immigration policies. He tweeted: "The Fake News is not mentioning the safety and security of our Country when talking about illegal immigration. Our immigration laws are the weakest and worst anywhere in the world, and the Dems will do anything not to change them & to obstruct-want open borders which means crime!"


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Let's bring it to a vote:

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee MORE (R-Wis.) just announced that the House will vote tomorrow to end family separation. Ryan told reporters: "We do not want children taken away from their parents. We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart. The administration says it wants Congress to act and we are. Tomorrow, the House will vote on legislation to keep families together." Which bills? The House is moving forward with two immigration bills, one a conservative immigration measure from Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteGOP divide in Congress over Rosenstein's future Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee House Judiciary chair threatens subpoena if DOJ doesn’t supply McCabe memos by Tuesday MORE (R-Va.) and a broader compromise bill that would allow families to remain together during immigration proceedings. Ryan's reasoning: He said leadership isn't focused on just a narrow bill to address only the separation controversy.

IT'S STILL AN UPHILL BATTLE FOR RYAN THOUGH: Via The Hill's Melania Zanona and Scott Wong, House Republican leaders are struggling to secure 218 votes for a compromise GOP immigration bill, despite a personal plea from President Trump yesterday to pass the legislation.

HAPPENING THIS MORNING -- KIDS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Democratic lawmakers brought children to the House floor to demand an end to family separations. Photos and video:

JUST POSTPONED -- THE WHITE HOUSE'S CONGRESSIONAL PICNIC: President Trump just postponed tomorrow's Congressional picnic. Trump's reasoning: "it doesn't feel right to have a picnic for Congress."

Some context from CNN's Rebecca Berg: "Not great for WH-Congress relations. Many members have their families in town for the picnic."


Some context from The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim, who has been covering immigration for years: 



Getting traction -- Corey said what, now?: 

During an interview on Fox News last night, President Trump's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film GOP destroyed oversight — Dems obligated to clean up mess if elected MORE caused quite the stir when he dismissed a story about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother at the U.S. border. Critics said his response was mocking the disabled child. Here's the clip -- see what you think:

THIS A.M. -- LEWANDOWSKI APPEARS BACK ON FOX TO CLARIFY, BUT NOT TO APOLOGIZE: Corey Lewandowski clarified his controversial comment. "My comment was specifically about Zach trying to politicize the use of children as a political football in this discussion." Watch Lewandowski's reasoning:

THREE MINUTES BEFORE THE FOX HIT -- LEWANDOWSKY TWEETED (LIKELY WHILE SEATED FOR THE HIT): Lewandowski tweeted, "Lots of Fake News today. I mocked a liberal who attempted to politicize children as opposed to discussing the real issue which is fixing a broken immigration system. It's offensive that the [mainstream media] doesn't want to talk about the fact these policies were started under Obama."



The White House loses another: 

Joe Hagin, the White House adviser who planned President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is leaving the White House for the private sector.  Some context: Hagin, 62, is one of the White House's most experienced aides. He held the same position in the administrations of former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

IT FEELS LIKE THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF DEPARTURES, RIGHT?: "More than 60 percent of people who served in the senior-most White House advisory positions at the beginning of the administration have exited their roles, according to data compiled by Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project."



D.C. election results:

Here's a list of the election results from yesterday's primaries in Washington, D.C. The top line: It was a good night for incumbents.


Restaurant workers minimum wage: D.C. voters approved the controversial Initiative 77. That means tipped restaurant workers must be paid the minimum wage -- eventually $15 an hour -- by 2026. If you live in D.C., you've seen lots of signs for and against this initiative. What this means for D.C. restaurants:

D.C. mayor: Incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser has won the Democratic primary. The Republican Party doesn't have much power in Washington, so she will likely win in November.



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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is heading to Minnesota for the afternoon and Vice President Pence is in D.C.

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R).

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room.

11:30 a.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRod Rosenstein must resign now Civilian deaths in Yemen up by 164 percent: report Trump team must do more to end the ongoing crisis in Yemen MORE.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the president of Honduras.

2:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Duluth, Minn.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

7 p.m. EDT: The Congressional Women's Softball Game. The teams: Female members of Congress vs. women of the Washington press.

11:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Today: World Refugee Day. Op-ed:

June 27: The Hill's second annual Latina Leaders Summit at the Newseum. Details and how to RSVP:



6:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable on American workers in Duluth, Minn. Livestream

(That should be read in the Duluth Trading TV commercial voice


7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump hosts a campaign rally in Duluth, Minn. Livestream:



Today is National Vanilla Milkshake Day.



Via The Washington Post, "Cheesy French toast is a mashup we can all get behind." Agreed. Here's the recipe:


And because you made it to the end, here's a puppy who could really use some help from its current predicament: