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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump vows to follow through on Mexico tariffs | Warns GOP it would be 'foolish' to try and stop him | WH directs Hicks, Donaldson not to comply with House subpoenas | Latest from Trump's UK visit | Trump dismisses UK protests as 'fake news' | Downing Street cat delays motorcade | Biden releases $5T climate plan | 2020 Dems under pressure to raise big bucks | National Cheese Day deals



Sticking to my guns:

Via The Hill's Jordan FabianPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE insisted this morning that he would follow through with tariffs on Mexico if the country does not control illegal migration.

In Trump's words: "We are going to see if we can do something, but I think it's more likely that the tariffs go on." 

And when discussing whether Republicans would pass a measure to limit his tariff power: "I don't think they will do that. I think if they do, it's foolish," Trump said.

Where Trump made the remarks: During a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayTrump, Boris Johnson discuss Brexit, trade issues in Monday phone call Pence to travel to United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland in September Pelosi vows no UK free trade deal if Brexit undermines Good Friday accord MORE

Watch Trump's full remarks:




A dime a dozen these days:

The White House has told former Trump administration officials Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksHope Hicks defends accuracy of her congressional testimony Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony House panel to go to court to enforce McGahn subpoena, Nadler says MORE and Annie Donaldson not to comply with subpoenas to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee.

What docs: Related to their work in the White House.

How Dems are reacting: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that the move was evidence of President Trump’s "continued obstruction" of congressional investigations.


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'Fake news' is the new 'I don't like it':

This morning, President Trump dismissed protests over his state visit to the United Kingdom as "fake news."

In Trump's words: "It was tremendous spirit and love," he said of the crowds. "There was great love. It was an alliance. And I didn't see the protesters until just a little while ago, and it was a very small group of people put in for political reasons. So it was fake news." 


Two politicians with blonde flowing hair: 

Via U.K. television station ITV, President Trump talked with British politician Boris Johnson on the phone.

What we know about the call: Johnson told Trump that he could not meet with him in person because of a previous commitment.  An unnamed source called the phone call "friendly and productive." Johnson is in a contest to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump has weighed in on the race, saying that Johnson would be an "excellent" prime minister.



Kate Middleton looked stunning, as usual: Here are photos of Kate Middleton in a white gown alongside Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Democrats push judge for quick action on Trump tax returns lawsuit Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE

Oh wow, Trump's facial expression here: Here's a photo of President Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MOREPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla posing for a photo at the dinner. Photo:

Ahh, don't drive away!: Larry the cat, who lives at No. 10 Downing St., hid under President Trump's motorcade and may have delayed the president. Photo of Larry refusing to move:

A red carpet affair: Here's a photo of the red carpet literally being rolled out at No. 10 Downing St.:

Photo of first son Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll Eric, Lara Trump welcome second baby Trump tweets photo of Trump Tower in Greenland: 'I promise not to do this' MORE and his wife, Lara:

I love British culture: Here is video of first lady Melania Trump attending a garden party hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May's husband, Philip


Oh hello there, Camilla:




^Also, I love Melania Trump's gown!



Happening next week:

The House will vote to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr says he has seen 'nothing' to undercut Epstein autopsy findings Prosecutors are mainly to blame for the criminal justice crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes MORE in contempt for declining to comply with the congressional subpoena to turn over the full unredacted Mueller report.

Oh and: The vote will also target former White House counsel Don McGahn, who also declined to comply with a congressional subpoena.

When's the vote: June 11

Why this is important: It "marks a major escalation of tensions between the Trump administration and House Democrats, who have launched a series of investigations into the president's conduct in office -- probes in which the White House has largely refused to cooperate." 

It's not quite impeachment yet: Though a contempt vote is dramatic and offers House Democrats a way to take action against the administration, it stops short of holding impeachment hearings. 


Tidbit -- overheard on Capitol Hill:

Via Politico's Sarah Ferris, "Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lower [sic] loudly whispers to Rep Sanford Bishop as they leave caucus: 'Let's just talk together so the press doesn't ask us any questions.'"



This is a headline that would have turned heads a few decades ago:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, "Socialism debate roils Democratic primary."

The fight: "A fierce debate over socialism has erupted among Democrats, with several centrist presidential candidates warning that progressive proposals on health care and the environment that have dominated the primary are a surefire way to get President Trump reelected." 

Who is going after socialism: "Three low-polling contenders -- former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperPoll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE, Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (Colo.) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDelaney shakes up top campaign staff Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (Md.) -- are unloading on socialism or taking shots at 'Medicare for All' and the Green New Deal, which have gone mainstream in the Democratic Party since being embraced by Sens. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKrystal Ball: Elites have chosen Warren as The One; Lauren Claffey: Is AOC wrong about the Electoral College? Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE (Mass.), as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (N.Y.)."

How the debate is playing out so far:


That fundraising, dough:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Giuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official MORE and his Democratic presidential rivals are under massive pressure to bring in strong fundraising numbers this month to finish the second quarter.

Why: Candidates need to prove they can break out in the crowded field. 


This morning -- I got a plan for that!:

Former Vice President Joe Biden released a $5 trillion climate plan. Details:

The gist of the plan: The plan "embraces the Green New Deal while setting a longer timeline of achieving net-zero emissions and a 100 percent clean energy economy.  Calling for a 'clean energy revolution,' the former vice president lays out a path to invest $5 trillion over 10 years to achieve the renewable energy goals. Nearly $1.7 trillion of that would be federal dollars, which Biden's campaign says will be paid by undoing the tax cuts enacted by President Trump and congressional Republicans."

The plan's name: "Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice" 



The British are sassy



The House and Senate are in.

6:25 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

9:25 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump toured the Churchill War Rooms in London.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today:

12:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence on battling critics: 'Spend more time on your knees than on the internet' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives MORE visit families affected by flooding in Tulsa, Okla.

1:45 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a dinner with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla.

4:45 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

6:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence get back to Washington, D.C.

Today: The 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Op-ed:

Thursday: The 75th anniversary of D-Day.

June 25th: The Hill is hosting an event at the Newseum to discuss "Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation." Featured speakers: Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieOvernight Health Care — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Poll finds Trump vulnerable on health care in battleground states | HHS must respond to petition on abortion referral ban by Thursday | Wyden presses health officials about CBD regulations Lawmakers map out path forward on Medicare Part D The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Lobbying World House bill would make World Cup funds contingent on equal pay MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP:



8:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa MayLivestream:



Today is National Cheese Day


Because you must celebrate!: Here is a list of deals today for National Cheese Day:


And because you made it to the end, here's a little girl who made friends with a fawn: