The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on North Korea

 

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fallout from Trump's Asia trip | Trump takes gamble on North Korea | Strategy carries 2020 risks | Democrats criticize North Korea visit | Biden faces skepticism in Iowa | Second quarter fundraising numbers -- Buttigieg raises over $24M | Poll shows Harris tied for third after debate | Supreme Court of Canada's owl mascot turns 10 | Clyburn tells turtle jokes for International Joke Day

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

One small step for man. One giant firestorm for the U.S.: 

Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE became the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea during a meet and greet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier's parents: report Ted Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' Overnight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary with Taliban warning | President rips into Bolton as 'Mr. Tough Guy' | More turmoil trips up government funding MOREhttp://bit.ly/31Vzz3E

What came out of the meeting: Trump said the U.S. and North Korea agreed to "designate a team" and "work out some details" for negotiation to end the country's nuclear program. 

Trump told reporters: "Speed is not the object. We want to see if we can do a really comprehensive, good deal. This was a great day. This was a very legendary, very historic day ... It'll be even more historic if something comes up, something very important."

 

WATCH TRUMP STEPPING INTO NORTH KOREA: 
Video: http://bit.ly/3278r1Z

 

INTERESTING ANALYSIS:

From The New York Times's Michael Crowley and David E. Sanger in Seoul, South Korea: "From a seemingly fanciful tweet to a historic step into North Korean territory, President Trump's largely improvised third meeting on Sunday with Kim Jong-unKim Jong UnTrump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier's parents: report Ted Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' Overnight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary with Taliban warning | President rips into Bolton as 'Mr. Tough Guy' | More turmoil trips up government funding MORE, the North Korean leader, was a masterpiece of drama, the kind of made-for-TV spectacle that Mr. Trump treasures." https://nyti.ms/3231Yov

  

How 2020 Democrats reacted:

Democrats running for president slammed President Trump for stepping onto North Korean soil. http://bit.ly/2NnFOtX

From Joe BidenJoe BidenEric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden says he'll release medical records before primaries MORE's campaign spokesman Andrew Bates: "President Trump's coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways he's diminishing us on the world stage and subverting our values as a nation." http://bit.ly/2NqaL0E

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' MORE (I-Vt.) said on ABC's "This Week with George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosHarris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE": "The concern here is his incredible inconsistencies. I have no problem with him sitting down with Kim Jong Un in North Korea or any place else. But I don't want it simply to be a photo opportunity, the whole world's media was attracted there." http://bit.ly/2NpIRSc

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted: "Our President shouldn't be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator. Instead, we should be dealing with North Korea through principled diplomacy that promotes US security, defends our allies, and upholds human rights."  http://bit.ly/2NsuLzy

Reactions from other 2020 Democrats: http://bit.ly/2NnFOtX

  

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How Trump's Asia trip is high risk, high reward for the 2020 presidential election:

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, "But by resuming his efforts to strike trade and nuclear deals with China and North Korea, respectively, Trump is also raising expectations that he can produce results, meaning the fall could be much steeper if talks break down once again during the 2020 campaign season." http://bit.ly/327dEa3

Op-ed: Via The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University's Sung-Yoon Leehttp://bit.ly/2NEH4cr

  

ALSO FROM TRUMP'S ASIA TRIP:

The Group of 20 summit photo: The Washington Post's David Nakamura tweeted, "This G-20 family photo on front page of the Japan Times is kind of amazing. Wait for it." Photo: http://bit.ly/31VEv8G

Video of Trump's helicopter landing in the DMZ: http://bit.ly/321Q12p

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

New fundraising numbers:

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOn The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE raised $24.8 million from more than 400,000 donors in the second quarter of 2019. 

Watch Buttigieg announcing those totals on Twitter: http://bit.ly/3248mvO

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN THE Q2 FUNDRAISING NUMBERS:

http://bit.ly/320dCk0 

  

What's a gaffe here and there between friends?:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson in Boone, Iowa, "former Vice President Joe Biden plans to mount an ambitious on-the-ground team in the months before Iowa caucusgoers choose a candidate, even as some skeptical Democratic activists raise questions over his centrist policies and pledge to return to an earlier age of civility." http://bit.ly/2Nq4EcI

Keep in mind -- Biden is still the front-runner: "Though Biden leads in public polls in Iowa, he is a most precarious front-runner. He is universally well-known among Democrats who will attend February's caucuses, but his support has fallen by one-third in a benchmark survey, suggesting voters are looking elsewhere among the crowded field of White House hopefuls." 

 

POST-DEBATE POLL -- KAMALA IS ON THE RISE:

According to a new Morning Consult poll, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate The crosshairs of extremism  On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (D-Calif.) is tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Other key numbers: Former Vice President Joe Biden is still in first, but his lead has dropped post-debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has remained in second. The full poll: http://bit.ly/2FIUHkk

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

The Supreme Court of Canada has a mascot -- I just thought you deserved to know:

Backstory of the mascot (and more photos!) if you don't believe me: http://bit.ly/321fCsj

 

It looks like they are … running

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out this week. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the Taxpayer First Act in the Oval Office. 

July 17: Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. http://bit.ly/2Llw8gS

 

WHAT TO WATCH

8 p.m. EDTPresident Trump's full interview with Fox News's Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonWashington Monthly editor calls 'woke capital' problematic for progressives, conservatives Tucker Carlson praises de Blasio for addressing threat of automation on jobs DC workforce should prepare for insidious new threat MORE airs.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Gingersnap Day. Today is also International Joke Day

 

Buh dum pchhh:

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) tweeted, "Not everyone knows this but I have an affinity for turtles. So for #InternationalJokeDay, I decided to tell a few turtle jokes." Video of Rep. Clyburn telling turtle jokes -- no, seriously: http://bit.ly/320rfzT

  

Um, what?:

Via DCist, "Yes, The Water Bar Is Real, And It Might Just Be The Beginning Of The Luxury Water Wave In D.C." http://bit.ly/2NoCPkR

 

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here's a video from the Orlando, Fla., Police Department showing a young driver operating a vehicle without the proper paperwork: http://bit.ly/3231E9n ;)