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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 Trump insisted this morning that he would follow through with tariffs on Mexico if the country does not control illegal migration. http://bit.ly/2Z9lr4v

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 May

Watch Trump’s full remarks: http://bit.ly/2W8uwJ6





A dime a dozen these days:

The White House has told former Trump administration officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to comply with subpoenas to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee. http://bit.ly/2MsrUq4

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

How Dems are reacting: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that the move was evidence of President Trump’s “continued obstruction” of congressional investigations.


It’s Tuesday. 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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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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.” http://bit.ly/2wxzh4H

{mosads}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. http://bit.ly/2HSu4L4

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 Mnuchinhttp://bit.ly/2YZPgoi

Oh wow, Trump’s facial expression here: Here’s a photo of President Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania TrumpPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla posing for a photo at the dinner. Photo: http://bit.ly/2Z9W3vQ

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: http://bit.ly/2HVgfeX

A red carpet affair: Here’s a photo of the red carpet literally being rolled out at No. 10 Downing St.: http://bit.ly/2HUk43V

Photo of first son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara: http://bit.ly/2Xq3U7X

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, Philiphttp://bit.ly/2ERKfGG


Oh hello there, Camilla:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2KrUqFx



^Also, I love Melania Trump’s gown!



Happening next week:

The House will vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for declining to comply with the congressional subpoena to turn over the full unredacted Mueller report. http://bit.ly/2ESY47J

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.'” http://bit.ly/2HW27SN



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

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “Socialism debate roils Democratic primary.” http://bit.ly/2WnMOer

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 Hickenlooper, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) and former Rep. John Delaney (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 Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).”

How the debate is playing out so far: http://bit.ly/2WnMOer


That fundraising, dough:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe Biden and his Democratic presidential rivals are under massive pressure to bring in strong fundraising numbers this month to finish the second quarter. http://bit.ly/2HVJdeS

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: http://bit.ly/2WjGgxr

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: http://bit.ly/2K25uKj

12:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence visit families affected by flooding in Tulsa, Okla.

1:45 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2KwiqYh

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: http://bit.ly/2MsZNXx

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 Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2WJsnYC



8:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa MayLivestream: http://bit.ly/2Igg9gP



Today is National Cheese Day


Because you must celebrate!: Here is a list of deals today for National Cheese Day: http://bit.ly/2WnJIqC


And because you made it to the end, here’s a little girl who made friends with a fawn: http://bit.ly/2QGAAr4


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