Pence to brief House GOP leaders on North Korea summit

Pence to brief House GOP leaders on North Korea summit
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Vice President Pence will brief House Republican leaders on Tuesday’s historic summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to a GOP aide.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel On The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' MORE (R-La.) are both expected to attend the briefing with Pence, which is scheduled for Tuesday in the Capitol.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.) is also supposed to have a conversation with Pence, who briefed GOP senators during an off-campus lunch at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) earlier in the day.

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Following Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim signed a document committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

The document does not elaborate on what steps the United States will take to guarantee North Korea’s security, nor does it lay out the steps North Korea will need to take to denuclearize.

Republican senators said Tuesday that they want the Trump administration to submit any final deal between the United States and North Korea to Congress for a vote.

Trump also announced a decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, which appeared to surprise military officials and raised eyebrows among some Republicans.

“I don’t think that’s wise because we have done these exercises for years,” said Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senator divorcing from husband GOP senators introduce bill to preserve ObamaCare's pre-existing conditions protections Pence: Trump’s national security will be as 'dominant' in space as it is on Earth MORE (Iowa), a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I would just ask the president, ‘Why do we need to suspend them? They are legal.’ ”

A Pentagon spokeswoman told CNN that Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Stand with veterans instead of predatory for-profit colleges MORE had been consulted on Trump's announcement and "was not surprised."

"The secretary is in full alignment with the president to meet his goal which is denuclearization of the peninsula,” Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said.