The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads home after Korea talks collapse

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump leaves summit without a deal | Firestorm after Trump defends Kim over Otto Warmbier's death | Kim answers US journalist's question | Menu for summit lunch that never happened | Fallout from Cohen hearing | Key takeaways | Trump rips Cohen, but praises collusion comments | Capitol Police officer left firearm in bathroom | National Chili Day




President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE left the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any agreement.

The sticking point: Sanctions. Trump said Kim wanted all sanctions lifted before he would follow through with his part of the deal to denuclearize. Trump said no.

Did we see this coming?: Trump lowered his expectations for the summit. He repeatedly said he is in "no rush" to make a deal. But the abrubt ending to the summit was still a shock to observers.



Trump believes Kim on Otto Warmbier's death: During the news conference, President Trump said he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not responsible for Otto Warmbier's death. In Trump's words: "He tells me that he didn't know about it and I will take him at his word." Back story: Warmbier was an American college student who was detained in North Korea and died.

^ This did not play well in either party: Trump's comments about Otto Warmbier faced bipartisan backlash:

Kim Jong Un answered a question from a U.S. journalist: This is pretty historic. Watch:


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The summit ended without lunch: Here's what was on the lunch menu: "Apple foie Gras jelly, Snow Fish, Banoffee Pie --a British pie banana and toffee, Candied Ginseng and Ginseng Tea." It sounds pretty bad, tbh. Photo of the room:

Trump and Kim taking a poolside stroll: Here's video of Trump and Kim walking outside the hotel after their one-on-one meeting. Watch:

Photo of Trump and Kim sitting and chatting: The Washington Post's David Nakamura snapped this photo through the window:

Photo of the expanded bilateral meeting:

Oh wooooow:


If anyone is curious what Dennis Rodman thinks about the summit:



Talking about it is therapeutic:

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen testified on Capitol Hill yesterday. "Cohen's testimony elicited enormous fascination -- and turned out to be the most tumultuous day of public congressional testimony since fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump says public can see Mueller report Anderson Cooper blasts Trump over McCain attacks: 'He's punching a person who is dead' Clyburn: Trump and family 'greatest threats to democracy' in lifetime MORE appeared in June 2017." Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here are five takeaways: 

  1. Cohen offered new, explosive allegations and new drama
  2. Cohen held his own and did not crumble
  3. Republican lawmakers used Cohen's credibility problems to slam him
  4. A few lawmakers on each side overreached
  5. Cohen named names -- including Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kushner treat reporters during Jewish holiday of Purim Pavlich: A better higher education Stop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave MORE

Context and details for each:


TIDBIT -- ONE TAKE ON LAWMAKERS' QUESTIONING: From Brian Fallon, Democratic strategist: "My hot take is the reason many lawmakers speechify at hearings is not because its guaranteed to get airtime - it usually gets eyerolls- but because they don't do the homework to devise questions that are smart or original enough to not have already been asked when it's their turn."


^ The Washington Post's Paul Kane chimed in:

"Yes, this. Absolutely. Also, on House side, the staff $$$ cuts left lawmakers with too few experienced staff to help."


The reaction we were all waiting for:

President Trump slammed Cohen's testimony but said he was "a little impressed" with Cohen's collusion comments. In Trump's words: "It was pretty shameful, I think. ... But it was very interesting because he didn't lie about one thing. He said no collusion with the Russian hoax. I mean, he lied about so many different things. I was actually impressed that he didn't say, 'Well I think there was collusion for this reason or that.'"


Excuse me. I believe you forgot something:

Via Roll Call's Katherine Tully-McManus, "A U.S. Capitol Police lieutenant left his service weapon in a bathroom Monday night and the unattended gun was discovered later by another Capitol Police officer."

Why it is particularly concerning: "Unlike a gun with a traditional safety, a Glock will fire if the trigger is pulled -- making the discovery of an unattended gun in the Capitol complex particularly concerning."

This is not the first time this has happened: In 2015, there were three incidents of Capitol Police leaving weapons in weird places. 



In the Capitol this morning:

Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (R-Ohio). (Via The Hill's Christina Marcos

Photo of BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE:


At Trump's D.C. hotel yesterday:

Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE. (Via ABC's Katherine Faulders



Lol, I feel for this guy: 

This video has been viewed 1.6 million times so far. 


These screenshots are pretty great:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is on his way back from Hanoi, Vietnam, and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

Today -- Saturday: CPAC 2019 in National Harbor, Md. Schedule:

6 a.m. EST: President Trump left Hanoi, Vietnam, for Washington, D.C.

1 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence has a call with the Romanian prime minister.

1:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence hosts openly gay Irish prime minister and his partner for breakfast The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Senate GOP clash over Yemen, border security Karen Pence leads US delegation to Special Olympics in UAE MORE visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. 

1:30 a.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House. 



Today: The annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Livestream:



Today is National Chili Day!


Innovation is beautiful to witness:

Via Thrillist's Dustin Nelson, Panera Bread is now serving a double bread bowl -- that's an entire loaf of bread with cutouts for two types of soup. Photo:


And because you made it to the end, here's a puppy who keeps forgetting how he feels about ice cubes: