The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials meeting Pence to avoid tariffs | Trump joins queen to mark D-Day anniversary | Trump hits Biden, media in tweets | Dems suffer setback in court fight with Trump | Trump camp wants DNC sanctioned over lawsuit | Democratic barbs fly as first debate nears | Smithsonian dinosaur puppet hits DC streets

 

ACROSS THE POND

This morning — oh to be a fly on Trump’s lapel:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE commemorated the upcoming 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion with a ceremony in Portsmouth, England. http://bit.ly/31cFpNG

World leaders who joined the ceremony: "The Queen and the Prince of Wales attended the commemorations on Southsea Common, along with representatives from the countries that fought alongside the UK in the Battle of Normandy including French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronBig donors haven't given money pledged to Notre Dame restoration: report Big donors haven't given money pledged to Notre Dame restoration: report Macron will gift Trump another tree after first one died MORE ... and Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauOn The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell On The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell Trudeau plans to meet with Pelosi, McConnell to talk trade: report MORE. Also attending were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as leaders from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland and Slovakia.” https://bbc.in/2JZtRId

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Trump read part of a prayer that then-President Franklin Roosevelt delivered on the eve of the invasion: “This day, we set upon a mighty endeavor," Trump said, reading from Roosevelt's remarks. "A struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. They will need thy blessings, for the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces, but we shall return again and again." Video of Trump’s remarkshttp://bit.ly/2QOnB6G

 

THIS IS PRETTY INTERESTING TO THINK ABOUT:

CBS’s Kathryn Watson pointed out, “Queen Elizabeth was 18 on D-Day. Remarkable to think how much history she's witnessed.” http://bit.ly/317z3zn

 

A cool photo from the trip: 

 

It’s Wednesday. 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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What Trump was tweeting about before the ceremony:

President Trump mocked former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE’s climate plan and complained about his press coverage and Democrats. http://bit.ly/2K0TJDA

 

FOR EXAMPLE:

On Biden: “Plagiarism charge against Sleepy Joe Biden on his ridiculous Climate Change Plan is a big problem, but the Corrupt Media will save him. His other problem is that he is drawing flies, not people, to his Rallies. Nobody is showing up, I mean nobody. You can’t win without people!”

On the media: “If the totally Corrupt Media was less corrupt, I would be up by 15 points in the polls based on our tremendous success with the economy, maybe Best Ever! If the Corrupt Media was actually fair, I would be up by 25 points. Nevertheless, despite the Fake News, we’re doing great!” 

On Democrats: “House Democrats, fresh off a Republican victory against them (in Federal Court) on the Wall, keep asking people to come and testify regarding the No Collusion Witch Hunt. They are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, especially with his corrective letter, & now want a Do Over!”

 

WHAT TRUMP WAS REFERRING TO — WHY MONDAY WAS A SETBACK FOR DEMOCRATS: 

“A federal judge ruled that they don’t have the authority to sue the president over his diversion of military funds to build a border wall. Judge Trevor McFadden — a Trump appointee — wrote that the ‘lawsuit is not a last resort for the House,’ pointing to ‘several political arrows in its quiver to counter perceived threats to its sphere of power.’” http://bit.ly/2KqsKkk

 

HAPPENING TODAY

Avocado toast was good while it lasted... :/ 

Vice President Pence is meeting with Mexican officials in a last-ditch effort to avert the tariffs that take effect on June 10. http://bit.ly/2WjCFu9

Chances the tariffs will be averted: Well, Trump said during a press conference in London that “it’s more likely that the tariffs go on,” so there are not high hopes for today’s meetings.

Back story: “Frustrated by increasing levels of illegal migration, an issue he pledged to address during the 2016 campaign, Trump suddenly announced last week he would slap a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods beginning on Monday, which could rise to 25 percent by October unless Mexico cracks down.” 

What Mexico is expected to say: “Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is expected to argue that his country has already taken steps to detain more migrants as well as other steps designed to prevent them from crossing into the U.S.” 

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2KoFN5U 

  

OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

You heard that, Iran?:

During an interview on “Good Morning Britain,” President Trump told co-host Piers Morgan that there’s a chance the U.S. takes military action against Iran. http://bit.ly/2Wokclb

In Trump’s words: “There is always a chance. Do I want to? No, I’d rather not. But there’s always a chance ... I’d much rather talk.” Watch the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2QLZe9T

 

Sanctions, plz!

The Trump campaign just requested that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) be sanctioned by a federal court over its lawsuit alleging that his campaign conspired with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. http://bit.ly/2QNrnxf

From the court filing: “In an over-400-page Report, the Special Counsel not only explains that his investigation ‘did not establish’ any such conspiracy or coordination, but debunks any such conclusion by walking through the vast body of evidence that his Office collected and establishing that none of this evidence showed that the Campaign formed any sort of agreement with Russia.” 

Read the court filing: http://bit.ly/2HVTnfo

  

IN CONGRESS

The impeachment crowd isn’t compromising:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos, “Democratic leaders hoping to mollify restive liberals through aggressive oversight of the Trump administration are facing early warning signs from the pro-impeachment crowd that it’s simply not enough.” http://bit.ly/2QQwVHh

Speaker Pelosi’s attempt at a compromise: “Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Calif.) has signed off on a strategy for the House to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrForeign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too America's crisis of compassion is a Constitutional crisis, too MORE and others in contempt of Congress. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerFrom abortion to obstruction, politicians' hypocrisy is showing Watergate figure John Dean earns laughter for responses to GOP lawmakers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by MAPRx - Nadler gets breakthrough deal with DOJ on Mueller docs MORE (D-N.Y.) will hold a series of hearings this month to examine the Mueller report.”

Eh, but: “But while impeachment supporters are cheering those steps, they are also wary of taking their eyes off of what they see as the ultimate goal: ousting a president whom they deem unfit to be in office.”    

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Three weeks from today — candidates are feeling the pressure:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, the Democratic presidential field is getting uglier with the first debate in just three weeks. http://bit.ly/2WhPPrI

One example: “Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (N.Y.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE took aim at one another over former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP MORE’s (D-Minn.) resignation, with Buttigieg implicitly criticizing Gillibrand by saying he wouldn’t have pressured Franken to resign over sexual misconduct allegations based on what was known at the time.” 

Another example: “Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Mass.) have taken swipes at former Vice President Joe Biden over his willingness to attend high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street supporters. Warren also took a shot at Biden over his willingness to work with Republicans.”

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

This would terrify me:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2Z28FVE

Back story: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo owns the giant dinosaur puppet. It looks pretty realistic.

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in.

9:05 a.m. EDT: President Trump attend a D-Day commemoration luncheon in Portsmouth, England.

10–10:30 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2wClrxV

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate had roll call votes. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2MqdRkv

11:50 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive in Shannon, Ireland.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

1:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive in Doonbeg, Ireland.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: A House committee held a hearing on how to improve "constituent engagement." Livestream: https://cs.pn/2wDk029

This evening: “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” is hosting a special from Normandy, France.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Ketchup Day.

 

It’s a dark (but interesting) day for television:

—   Hulu has started airing Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

—   Netflix released Season 5 of “Black Mirror.” https://cnn.it/2WdaBsB

 

And because this video made me smile, here’s a baby having a full adult conversation with his dad: http://bit.ly/2WpvBBs