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



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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE commemorated the upcoming 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion with a ceremony in Portsmouth, England.

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 MacronCOVID-19 — a make-it or break-it moment for the European Union US inaction is hurting the chance for peace in Libya Officials say Paris hospitals will be hit hard following coronavirus spike MORE ... and Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves Canada's Trudeau says US blockage of medical exports would be a mistake Trudeau worried supplies meant for Canada have been diverted to US 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.”


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 remarks



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


A cool photo from the trip: 


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What Trump was tweeting about before the ceremony:

President Trump mocked former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Biden to host 'virtual fireside chat' with donors Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander MORE’s climate plan and complained about his press coverage and Democrats.



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!”



“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.’”



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.

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.” 




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.

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:


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.

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:



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.”

Speaker Pelosi’s attempt at a compromise: “Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTop Federal Reserve official: Further coronavirus stimulus bill may not be needed Schumer: Fired inspector general will be remembered as a 'hero' Clyburn says stimulus spending oversight committee will be 'forward looking' MORE (D-Calif.) has signed off on a strategy for the House to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDecentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response Feds distributing masks, other gear seized in price-gouging investigation to NY, NJ health care workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All eyes on today's unemployment numbers MORE and others in contempt of Congress. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' 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.”    



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.

One example: “Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package MORE (N.Y.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE took aim at one another over former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken blasts Susan Collins: She'll let Trump 'get away with anything' Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far 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 SandersCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Cuomo's been good, but he's not going to be the Democratic nominee Does Joe Biden really want to be president? MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMomentum grows to change medical supply chain from China Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog 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.”



This would terrify me:


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



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:

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate had roll call votes. The Senate’s full schedule today:

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.



This morning: A House committee held a hearing on how to improve "constituent engagement." Livestream:

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



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.”


And because this video made me smile, here’s a baby having a full adult conversation with his dad: