The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN

--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.


The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces bipartisan criticism after Putin presser | Trump hits media coverage of summit | Ryan says Trump's remarks not treasonous | Trump to meet lawmakers today | Late-night protests outside White House | Obama appears to rebuke Trump | What to know about tonight's MLB All-Star Game in DC | Best Prime Day deals



*Cuing our inner George-W-Bush-overheard-at-Trump's-inauguration-last-year* -- 'That was some weird shit.': 


Back story if you don't remember that reference --> http://nym.ag/2oAmPuH 

The consensus on President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE's joint press conference yesterday with Russian President Vladimir Putin: bizarre. http://bit.ly/2zMn94b

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here are five takeaways: 

1. A jaw-dropper, even by Trump's standards -- Trump stating he believes Russia over the intelligence community is pretty stunning.

2. Republicans and outside allies join chorus of disapproval-- Democrats, Republicans and sympathetic media outlets are all critical of Trump's performance.  

3. A very good day for Putin-- Putin must be thrilled.

4. Any good news for Trump got lost-- Trump's prepared remarks were substantive, but the off-the-cuff remarks have dominated any positive news.

5. All eyes on what's next-- This will likely dominate the news cycle and that's grim news for Trump.

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2LgvwJW

LATE THIS A.M. -- TRUMP REACTS: President Trump criticized the media, accusing them of unfairly covering his meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinHe tweeted: "While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way -- the Fake News is going Crazy!" http://bit.ly/2uvtJab

ALSO THIS MORNING -- RYAN WEIGHED IN: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (R-Wis) just told reporters he doesn't believe Trump's comments amounted to treason. But Ryan did add: "Vladimir Putin does not share our interests; Vladimir Putin does not share our values. ... [Russia] did interfere in our elections. Let me be really clear. There should be no doubt about that. It's also clear that it did not have a material effect on our elections." http://bit.ly/2uDk1So

AND TO ROUND THINGS OUT — OBAMA ALSO WEIGHED IN THIS MORNING: Former president Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFive takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Live coverage: Heitkamp faces Cramer in high-stakes North Dakota debate Khashoggi prompts Trump to reconsider human rights in foreign policy MORE appeared to rebuke Trump during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. In Obama’s words: "Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up ... we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they're caught in a lie and they just double down.” Watch: http://bit.ly/2uuyf8W

THE GIST OF REPUBLICANS' REACTION --> http://bit.ly/2Jt8PgERepublican lawmakers, including prominent voices on national security and foreign policy, were highly critical of Trump's performance. The sharpest criticism: Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate MORE (R-Ariz.), who has expressed confidence in Trump's national security team, called Trump's comments "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory." http://bit.ly/2Lis3dH

OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE -- A FLURRY OF PROTESTS: Protesters chanted outside of the White House last night. Video from BuzzFeed's Tarini Parti: http://bit.ly/2uvDGEx


It's Tuesday -- D.C. is buzzing for the MLB All-Star Game tonight. 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.



*Cues auction voice* -- 'And we have a Republican!':

Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanGroup begins 'Nuns on the Bus' tour to protest Trump tax law ahead of midterms Election Countdown: Dems raising millions in fight for House | Trump attacks potential challengers | GOP finalizes 2020 convention plans | Dems see Kavanaugh fight driving women voters to the polls | Bloomberg spending big for Senate Dems GOP sacrifices women and House Republicans with Kavanaugh plan MORE (R-Colo.) is the first House Republican lawmaker to back a bill to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Keep in mind: Coffman is also one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection. http://bit.ly/2LfB5Ix

The chances the bill will move forward -- very, very slim: "That bill has little chance of advancing in a Republican-controlled Congress. And the [Congressional Review Act] bill still needs about two dozen more GOP House members to back the discharge petition to bring it to the floor." http://bit.ly/2LfB5Ix



Meet the man behind the DNC's cybersecurity:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, after stunning cyberattacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) resulted in high-level officials' emails leaked online, DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE hired Raffi Krikorian to overhaul the DNC's cybersecurity tools. What Krikorian has been up to: "Krikorian has brought his Silicon Valley skills to bear in the political world, laser-focused on beefing up the security know-how of the party's staff." His interview with The Hill: http://bit.ly/2uvCGjE



Hey now, you're an All-Star:
This year's MLB All-Star Game is happening tonight at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 


What time does the game begin?: 8 p.m. EDT.  

Where it will air: Fox. You can also stream the game online. How: https://cnet.co/2NVwbPi

Will it rain?: It's possible. D.C. is very hot and muggy today, with possible thunderstorms and rain in the evening. The Capital Weather Gang says to expect rain around Nats Park between 6 and 7 p.m. Not that this helps for the All-Star game, but...: Tomorrow will be beautiful. https://wapo.st/2NmChHq

What if it rains?: MLB will really try to have the game tonight. A rain delay is possible and if a delay extends late, the league would look to tomorrow. https://wapo.st/2Lp24yd

Will the Metro stay open late?: Yes, it will run until at least 12:30 a.m. https://wapo.st/2Lp24yd

Food and drinks specials around Washington, D.C.: http://bit.ly/2JAxAHS

Wow -- check out this photo from last night: http://bit.ly/2LmuEjA

This image for tonight's game is pretty cool: http://bit.ly/2Nj5wef



Who wore it best?:


How Republican strategist Michael Steel took the Trump-Putin news yesterday:


Today in 'overhearing tourists' conversations':



The House and Senate are in.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US State Dept. denies report Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi's murder The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room. Vice President Pence also attends.

2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns from their weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2mtsCnb

5:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

July 23: New York City's Restaurant Week begins. Details and participating restaurants: http://bit.ly/2moYj0R

July 24: Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerGuilfoyle says she'd be open to White House job if Trump asks Cramer's comments on Kavanaugh allegations under scrutiny in close N. Dakota race Spicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration MORE releases his memoir. 



8 a.m. EDT: Former President Obama spoke at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg. Keep in mind: It's the 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2LmVJ65

2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republicans hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2L0Tr0u

2:30 p.m. EDT: Senate Democrats hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Np95Qf

8 p.m. EDT: The MLB All-Star game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. How to stream the game: https://cnet.co/2NVwbPi



Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day.


It's *clap* Still *clap* Prime *clap* Day! *clap*:

Prime deals under $25: https://bzfd.it/2NXE9aK

The best tech deals: http://bit.ly/2zJS7tR

The best beauty deals: http://bit.ly/2LfCUFn

The best deals on household items: http://bit.ly/2LsFc0R

You say Amazon, I say Whole Foods: Prime members who spend $10 at Whole Foods today will receive $10 for Prime Day. https://cnet.co/2ut5Tf5


So you can pretend you're not at work:

Check out the biggest spa in the world. Video: http://bit.ly/2LrzQTw


And because you read this far, here are two dogs with EXTREMELY different strategies for eating ice cream. I laughed out loud at this: http://bit.ly/2Jwayl5