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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Presented by MAPRx -- Trump to launch reelection bid in Orlando | What to watch | Supporters camp out ahead of rally | Baby Trump balloon to greet president | Polls show Trump cutting into Biden lead in key states | Trump threatens to deport millions starting next week | Ocasio-Cortez stokes controversy by comparing detention centers to 'concentration camps' | GOP worries about Trump relaunching fight over ObamaCare



He HAS to top riding down the escalator in 2015

Elephants! Hot air balloon! Riding in on a wrecking ball maybe?:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE is officially kicking off his 2020 reelection campaign tonight at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Orlando, Fla.

This is so well said -- via The New York Times's Peter Baker: "The coming election is shaping up as a test -- not just of the man but of his country. Was Mr. Trump's victory the last time around a historical fluke or a genuine reflection of America in the modern age? Will the populist surge that lifted him to the White House run its course or will it further transform a nation and its capital in ways that will outlast his presidency? What kind of country do Americans really want at this point?" Full article -- it's a good read:

Livestream of Trump's 8 p.m. EDT rally:

Throwback to the 2015 escalator ride: Here are descriptions from people who attended:



  1. How hard does Trump hit Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE?
  2. Does he mention health care?
  3. Does he use Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE as a foil?
  4. Does he talk about his second-term agenda or offer his "greatest hits"?
  5. Does he stay on message or step on his message?

Reasoning for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage:


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The Orlando Sentinel published an editorial announcing its presidential endorsement: "Not Donald Trump." Read the op-ed:

Why it's noteworthy: "Sentinel has a long history of endorsing Republicans for president including Romney over Obama in 2012." (Tweet from CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperDefense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Schiff says he wants to speak with constituents before deciding on impeachment MORE



Because of course it is: The Baby Trump balloon will be in Orlando, Fla., today:

People have been waiting for 40+ hours (!): Supporters started lining up at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Video of people camping out: This looks like a fun tailgate party:



According to a new Firehouse-Optimus survey, President Trump has cut into former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in Wisconsin -- and the two are tied in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The numbers:



Announced this morning -- talk to me, China:
President Trump said he will have an "extended meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week to discuss trade.

Where the meeting will be held: At the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan

Trump tweeted: "Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting."


Trump threatens 'millions' of deportations: 

Last night, President Trump tweeted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin to deport "millions" of undocumented immigrants.

When: Starting next week. 

Trump also added: "Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won't do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!"



Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Progressives' campaign strategy: Willful ignorance MORE (D-N.Y.) called President Trump a fascist and argued that the detention centers holding undocumented immigrants are "exactly" like concentration camps in Nazi Germany.

Her full quote: "The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are. If that doesn't bother you ... I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that 'never again' means something."

Where she made these comments: In an Instagram Live video.

^ Let's just say not everyone agreed with AOC: Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (R-Wyo.) blasted Ocasio-Cortez for her concentration camp remarks. Cheney tweeted: "Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this."

^ AOC responded to the criticism: "And for the shrieking Republicans who don't know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps. Concentration camps are considered by experts as 'the mass detention of civilians without trial.' And that's exactly what this administration is doing."

And specifically to Liz Cheney: "Hey Rep. Cheney, since you're so eager to "educate me," I'm curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS's mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?"



Republicans would like it to ~stay~ on the back burner:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "President Trump has put the issue of health care back on the political front burner, providing ammunition to Democrats and worrying Republicans who think a new battle over ObamaCare will hurt their party in next year's elections."

Why Republicans are nervous: "Senate Republicans, defending 22 seats next year, thought they had put ObamaCare repeal behind them when they told Trump earlier this year that they have no intention of acting on a health care overhaul before the election." 

And they don't know what to expect: "Republican lawmakers have little idea of what to expect and say there hasn't been communication from the administration on the issue." 



This kid is going places: 



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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is in Miami. Trump and Pence are meeting in Orlando, Fla., later today.

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

12:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceKaren Pence reveals 'Victorian Christmas!' themed decorations at vice president's residence Pence, second lady make unannounced trip to Iraq to visit US troops The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE tour the USNS Comfort in Miami.

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

3:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence land in Orlando, Fla.

3:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGeorge Conway calls out Melania Trump after she criticizes impeachment witness: 'You're amplifying what was a nothingburger reference' Impeachment witness apologizes for mentioning Barron Trump in hearing Melania Trump says impeachment witness 'should be ashamed' for mentioning son MORE leave Washington, D.C., for Orlando, Fla.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule today: 

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a private Trump Victory reception in Orlando.

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Three legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Poll: 46 percent of voters say Trump's Ukraine dealings constitute impeachable offense MORE (D-Calif.) speaks at the National Press Club. Details:

Late June: Former Vice President Joe Biden is holding high-dollar fundraisers in California.

June 26: The Hill is hosting "The Future of Healthcare Summit." Featured speakers: Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills MORE (R-La.), the Food and Drug Administration's Dr. Amy Abernethy, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Nano Vision CEO Steve Papermaster. Details and how to RSVP:



12:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a press conference in Miami with Adm. Craig Faller, commander of the U.S. Southern Command. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on Russia and Ukraine. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EDT: Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE appears on NBC's "My Big Idea." 

8 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally to officially launch his reelection bid. Livestream:



Today is International Picnic Day.


This is a sad, but interesting list:

Via Eater Washington, D.C., here's a list of D.C.-area restaurants that have closed in 2019:


Looking to buy?:

Via The Washington Post, "Condo where Bob Woodward left messages for Deep Throat during Watergate lists for $349,000." Details:


And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, here's a dog auditioning to be a statue: