The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race

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It's déjà vu all over again:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign last night with a raucous rally in Orlando, Fla. Here are five takeaways:  

  1. Meet the new Trump, same as the old Trump
  2. Trump will cast Democrats as socialists and extremists
  3. Trump (mostly) holds fire on individual 2020 Dems
  4. Little talk of agenda
  5. Trump wants to take on the very establishment he's part of

Context and details from The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Jonathan Easley:

Livestream of the speech:

Interesting breakdown of the speech: Here is today's episode of The New York Times's podcast "The Daily" from the rally in Orlando. Listen:


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Who had "within the first minute?": "Trump hits out at the 'fake news' in the first minute of his Orlando rally speech."

Five minutes into the speech -- CNN cut away: "5 minutes into Trump speech, after Trump derides the 'fake news' and crowd chants 'CNN sucks,' CNN cuts away to its panel."

On polling: "Trump: George Washington is at 100 percent, and there is no way I'm going to get there no matter what I tell you." 

On his campaign slogan: President Trump polled the audience on whether his 2020 campaign slogan should stay "Make America Great Again" or become "Keep America Great." Watch the crowd's reaction -- I'd say KAG wins:

Tidbit from The New York Times's Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senators brace for floor fight as trial nears end Mike Bloomberg really gets under Trump's skin — and that's good for Bloomberg MORE: "And then about 30 minutes in, he could clearly tell that the crowd's energy was sagging and it reminded me of something he told the Times editorial board in January of 2016 ... when he could see the crowd's energy was kinda getting low, he would say, 'and we're going build the wall!'" (From The New York Times's podcast "The Daily.")

^That happened around the time Trump asked the crowd to weigh in on which slogan to use in 2020.



Notable attendees: Vice President Pence, Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence to make swing through New Hampshire on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats gear up for crucial New Hampshire debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge MORE, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Five things to know about emerging US, Taliban peace deal MORE (R-S.C.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Agencies play catch-up over security concerns with TikTok Sanders: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad' in Cuba under Castro MORE (R-Fla.). And from Trump's family: Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrumps tour Taj Mahal to cap off first day in India Manufacturers group kicks off campaign to close the industry's skills gap Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits MORE,

Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrumps tour Taj Mahal to cap off first day in India The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison MORE, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses MORE, Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleHope Hicks to return to White House Trump Jr. says Sanders won't be 'real competition' if he's the nominee The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway MORE, Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpHouse Democrats question Secret Service on payments to Trump properties Trump hotels charge Secret Service up to 0 per night while protecting him: report Beach Boys's Brian Wilson asks fans to boycott concert at hunting event featuring Donald Trump Jr. MORE, Lara TrumpLara Lea TrumpThe Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses Biden responds to Sullenberger op-ed: 'There's a lot of kids who I bet needed to hear it' MORE and Tiffany Trump

Doors still open at 8 p.m.: "It's 8:00 and the gates are still open, which indicates the Amway Center did NOT reach capacity at the scheduled time of Trump's rally." (Via The Orlando Sentinel's Michael Williams) Watch:

Sorry, dude: No backpacks or beer were allowed in the arena. Video of attendees at security:

Whoa, so nice of Abraham Lincoln to show up!: Photo: 

The "lock her up" chants haven't gone away:

Yikes: A group of Proud Boys were stopped by police outside the Trump rally. Members of the group threw the white power hand sign. Video:

Who got one of the night's biggest applauses: White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders says she 'can't think of anything dumber than' having Congress run foreign policy Rapid turnover shapes Trump's government God did not elect Trump, people did MORE Sanders, who is leaving the White House at the end of the month. Sanders retweeted video leaving for Orlando, Fla., with the caption: "Taking off on AF1 for my last trip as WH Press Secretary." Watch:

^Ahem: The Hill's Niall Stanage pointed out, "This is Sarah Huckabee Sanders's second appearance at a Trump rally (April 27 in Wisconsin and tonight) since her last appearance at the White House briefing room lectern (March 11)."



Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said this morning that President Trump raised $25 million in less than 24 hours.

For context -- what other candidates raised in the first 24 hours:

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE: $6.3 million

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE (I-Vt.): $5.9 million 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates MORE (D-Calif.): $1.5 million



Pelosi says you either go big or you go home ... but maybe just go home: 

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom Line Immigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (D-Calif.) dismissed the idea of censuring President Trump as an alternative to impeaching him.

Pelosi's reasoning: "I think censure is just a way out. ... If you're going to go, you've got to go. If the goods are there, you must impeach. And censure is nice, but it is not commensurate with the violations of the Constitution -- should we decide that's the way to go. That's my view."


Happening this morning -- Hope is here: 

President Trump's former communications director Hope Hicks is on Capitol Hill today, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors.

Keep in mind: This is the committee's first major witness in its investigation of President Trump.

Video of Hope Hicks arriving:

Why this is expected to be eventful: "Drama is likely to explode after the White House signaled on the eve of the interview that it would block Hicks ... from answering questions about her time in the White House, arguing she is immune from compelled congressional testimony." 


A strategy shift: 

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Democrats have stopped calling the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border a "manufactured crisis."

Now: "Democrats now acknowledge there is a genuine humanitarian crisis and are preparing to pass legislation that would provide as much as $4.5 billion in federal aid to address the surge of migrants from Central America."

What changed the narrative: "A surging number of arrests, media reports of smugglers renting children to desperate migrants to help them gain entry into the United States and stories of children dying in U.S. custody have changed the narrative." 


Latest with the AOC 'concentration camp' controversy: 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan Barr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday MORE (R-Calif.) slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report Ocasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term MORE (D-N.Y.) for her comments comparing the immigrant detention centers on the southern border to concentration camps. 

In McCarthy’s words: “She does not understand history. She does not understand what is going on at the border ... Take something that happened in history where millions of Jews have died and equate it to somewhere that’s happening on the border — she owes this nation an apology.”

AOC’s comments that started the controversy:



Exclusive -- Pumping the brakes:

Via The Hill's Miranda Green, the Trump administration has delayed the release of internal documents sought by The Hill related to the firing of Yellowstone National Park Service Superintendent Dan WenkDetails:

Why: Because of "a new rule that gives political appointees more say over what is released."



Getting traction -- Sorry, everyone. If I had to see this, then so do you: 



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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Florida but is coming back to the White House later today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a roundtable with supporters in Doral, Fla. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a fundraising committee luncheon in Doral, Fla. 

1:15 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

3:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on nominations. The Senate's full schedule today:

4:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House. 

4:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the presidential medal of freedom to Arthur Laffer

June 25: 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: Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat | House panel to examine federal marijuana policies | House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers Lawmakers express alarm over rise in cocaine overdose deaths House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers over role in crisis MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiBottom line Lobbying World Bipartisan food allergy legislation gains ground in Congress, but the fight has only just begun MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP:

June 26: The Hill is hosting, "The Future of Healthcare Summit" at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' 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:



2:30 p.m. EDT: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a press conference. The Fed will announce its latest decision on interest rates. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EDT: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap MORE (D-Minn.) appears on NBC Nightly News's "My Big Idea."



Today is National Martini Day.


Behind the scenes of the new Amazon HQ:

Via Washingtonian's Luke Mullins, "The Real Story of How Virginia Won Amazon's HQ2: State officials and company executives were reading from the same book--literally." The full story:


And because you made it to the end, here's a puppy waking up its human:


This post was updated at 1:13 p.m.