The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump defends tariffs as China retaliates

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here:

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here:

--> 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: China retaliates with $60B in tariffs | Trump doubles down on tariffs | Justices rule Apple users can sue over App Store prices | O'Rourke looks to reboot campaign | House to vote on LGBTQ discrimination bill this week | DC's shelter dog happy hour | National Apple Pie Day



Tit for tat:

Via Bloomberg News, "China announced that it will impose additional tariffs on some American goods in retaliation for the latest increase of U.S. duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports."

The new Chinese tariffs will be at different levels: "25% tariffs on 2,493 items, 20% tariffs on 1,078 items, 10% tariffs on 974 items, 5% tariffs to continue on 595 items." 

When China's new tariffs will take effect: June 1


The White House contradicted itself over the weekend:

Yesterday, White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE contradicted President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE by arguing that China isn't paying for tariffs on goods coming into the United States.

Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBullock: Missing first debate not a 'blow to my campaign' Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders MORE: "It's not China that pays tariffs. It's the American importers, the American companies that pay what in effect is a tax increase and oftentimes passes it on to U.S. consumers."

Larry Kudlow: "Fair enough. In fact, both sides will pay in these things, and of course it depends."

Wallace cut in: "If it's a tariff on goods coming into the country, the Chinese aren't paying."

Kudlow: "No, but the Chinese will suffer [gross domestic product] losses and so forth with respect to a diminishing export market and goods that they may need."  

Watch the back and forth on "Fox News Sunday":


Reaction from Trump -- say it louder for the people in the back: 

President Trump doubled down on his assertation that China pays for the newly imposed tariffs.

Trump tweeted: "Their is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today," Trump wrote in post on Twitter. "This has been proven recently when only 4 points were paid by the U.S., 21 points by China because China subsidizes product to such a large degree." Gah, he meant "there" not "their." :(

Read Trump's full series of tweets:


It's Monday -- welcome back! 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily:



Beto 2.0:
Via The Associated Press's Will Weissert and Steve Peoples, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCastro pushes back on O'Rourke criticism of plan to decriminalize border crossings Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights Warren pledges to ban private prisons MORE (D-Texas) was expected to be a front-runner with lots of momentum, "but since his mid-March campaign launch, the buzz surrounding the former congressman has evaporated."

O'Rourke plans a do-over: "O'Rourke is planning to try again, taking a hands-on role in staging a 'reintroduction' ahead of next month's premier Democratic presidential debate. As he finalizes his plans, O'Rourke has entered an intentional 'quiet period' to build out campaign infrastructure ... that will end soon."

For example: O'Rourke will appear on MSNBC's "Rachel MaddowRachel Anne Maddow2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Hannity mocks NBC for making Maddow a debate moderator NBC announces five moderators for the first Democratic debate MORE Show"  tonight and ABC's "The View" tomorrow. 

What to expect:



Via The New York Times's Shane Goldmacher:



LGBTQ discrimination: "House Democrats are set to move forward with legislation to expand the Civil Rights Act--a top legislative priority that faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill, which would expand the 1964 law to ban discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender, is set to get a vote in the House as soon as Thursday." 

Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE's replacement: "The Senate is expected to vote on Trump's nominee to succeed former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who stepped down from his post on Friday." Who: Jeffrey Rosen

Prescription drugs: The House is expected to work on the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act this week.

Tribal bills: "House Democrats are slated to place two bills related to Native American land rights on the floor this week after pulling them at the eleventh hour after President Trump tweeted encouraging Republicans to vote against one of the measures."

Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's report: House Democrats are still negotiating to have special counsel Robert Mueller testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Keep in mind: Mueller is still an employee of the Justice Department, meaning Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Supreme Court set to deliver ruling on census citizenship question Trump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings MORE can still prevent him from testifying.        

Context and details for each: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke:



Carry on, iPhone users:

The Supreme Court just ruled that iPhone users can sue Apple over app store prices, a blow to the tech company.

Back story: "A group of consumers had sued Apple, claiming that the company's monopoly over its App Store led to inflated app prices. Apple disputed the legality of the suit, arguing the consumers could only sue the app developers." 

The deciding opinion was a surprise: "Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMaine House speaker announces challenge to Collins Senate seat Trump denies new sexual assault allegation Supreme Court sides with immigrant in gun possession case MORE wrote the opinion for the 5-4 decision, surprising many by breaking with his conservative colleagues and siding with the court's liberal justices."  

Context and details:


It's decision time: 

Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen, the Supreme Court is returning today to start issuing some of its biggest decisions of the year.



Census citizenship question: "The Trump administration's efforts to add a question about citizenship landed in front of the justices last month, just weeks before the deadline to get the query added to the census."

Partisan gerrymandering cases: "The justices appeared to be divided in their approach to a pair of partisan gerrymandering cases, pointing back to their past struggles to address the issue."

Race's role in jury selection for a death penalty case: "The justices have signaled that they are willing to rule in favor of an inmate who claims that racial discrimination during the jury selection process tainted his murder trials." 

Separation of church-state: "The court is again tasked with taking up a case over the separation of church and state, this time over a state commission's caretaking of a large cross as part of a memorial for veterans."

Context and details for each of the big cases:



I wouldn't say a friendship is forming:

This morning, President Trump accused Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Democrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package MORE (D-Mich.) or harboring "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people."

What sparked this: "Tlaib said in a recent interview that she has a 'calming feeling' when she thinks about the genocide because her Palestinian ancestors 'lost their land' and 'lost their lives' amid an effort 'to create a safe haven for Jews' in the Middle East, even though it was 'forced on them' and took away their 'human dignity.'"



I know the pain of Gate 35X all too well:



A sweet tidbit from the White House:




The Senate meets later today. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

Today: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump calls on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers Trump to travel to South Korea The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck MORE canceled his planned trip to Moscow and is heading to Brussels instead. He will still travel to Sochi, Russia, tomorrow to meet with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrump on addressing election interference with Putin: 'I may' Beware the Bolton path to US military strikes on Iran House Intelligence Committee to subpoena Trump associate Felix Sater MORE

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing. 

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump signed an executive order on the economic empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of Hungary.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns. The Senate's full schedule:

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to invoke cloture on a nomination.



12:30 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE campaigns in Hampton, N.H. Livestream:

8:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in the White House iftar. Livestream:

9 p.m. EDT: Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) will appear on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

11 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Beto O'Rourke will appear on ABC's "The View." 



Today is National Apple Pie Day. It's also National Crouton Day


How to play with pups for a few hours:

Via Washingtonian's Mimi Montgomery, the Human Rescue Alliance introduced a new program in Washington, D.C., to let volunteers take shelter dogs for a few hours at a time. How it works


And because you made it this far, here's a Met Gala attendee rocking her outlandish outfit at the airport. I mean, she is getting good use out of the coat…: