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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 — Presented by MAPRx — Trump calls off Iran strike at last minute The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump, Biden headed to dueling Iowa rallies 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 PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to tamp down Dem infighting MORE, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow GOP senator: 'Outrageous' to say Trump's tweets about Democratic congresswomen are racist House passes bills to boost small business cybersecurity MORE (R-Fla.). And from Trump's family: Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Ivanka Trump's women's initiative unveils million in new grants The Hill's Morning Report - House Democrats clash over next steps at border MORE,

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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 SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away 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 BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE: $6.3 million

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.): $5.9 million 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet 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 PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump 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 McCarthyHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Democrats erupt over Trump attacks Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (R-Calif.) slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGeorge Conway calls Trump a 'racist president' in new op-ed House Democrats introduce resolution condemning Trump for 'racist' comments Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer 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 — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Poll finds Trump vulnerable on health care in battleground states | HHS must respond to petition on abortion referral ban by Thursday | Wyden presses health officials about CBD regulations Lawmakers map out path forward on Medicare Part D The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiOvernight Health Care — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Poll finds Trump vulnerable on health care in battleground states | HHS must respond to petition on abortion referral ban by Thursday | Wyden presses health officials about CBD regulations Lawmakers map out path forward on Medicare Part D The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations 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 CassidyLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown Laura Ingraham says her family won't wear Nike again after 'Betsy Ross flag' sneaker canceled 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 KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak 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.