SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO briefed reporters around 5:45 this morning in Singapore. He called the summit with North Korea a “mission of peace,” and said that the talks were moving rapidly and will “come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated.” He said he was “very optimistic” about the Kim Jong Un/Trump meeting.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Pompeo did not comment on whether the U.S. was willing to draw down troops on the Korean peninsula. “I can only say this,” Pompeo said. “We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique than America has been willing to provide previously.”
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POMPEO said he was not concerned about the United States’ relationship with G7 partners. “There are always irritants in relationships,” Pompeo said. “I’m confident that the relations between our country and the G7 countries will move forward on a strong basis.”
ELIANA JOHNSON in Singapore (@elianayjohnson): “Pompeo’s most important message seemed to be this won’t be a tit-for-tat negotiation, a North Korean nuke in exchange for a U.S. economic one: ‘Until we get the outcome that we’re demanding, economic relief is not coming.'”
Good Monday morning. REMINDER: Singapore is 12 hours ahead of the East Coast. So the Trump/Kim summit will happen tonight at around 9 p.m. in D.C.
KNOWING TRUMP … ANNIE KARNI: “Meet the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together”: “Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, [Solomon] Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, ‘like a jigsaw puzzle.’ Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti.
“It was a painstaking project that was the result of a clash between legal requirements to preserve White House records and President Donald Trump’s odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them – what some people described as his unofficial ‘filing system.’
“Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all memos, letters, emails and papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping as historical records.
“But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law.” https://politi.co/2sMKtsx
QUICK CAMPAIGN $$ BITE … Senate Majority PAC just disclosed spending $1,371,700 on media. They dropped $1.13 million opposing Josh Hawley in Missouri and $233,471.76 supporting Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.
THE LATEST IN SINGAPORE — PRESIDENT TRUMP met with SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG. They discussed “ways to enhance bilateral cooperation on diplomatic, defense, and economic issues to promote stability, security, and prosperity in the region,” according to a readout from the White House.
VIA POOLER NYT’S MARK LANDLER: “At about 11:45, President Trump and Prime Minister Lee crossed the foyer and shook hands, while facing the cameras. Trump mouthed the words ‘thank you,’ and the leaders continued into the dining room.
“They took their seats at the center of a long rectangular table, flanked by their respective delegations. Mike Pompeo was seated with John Bolton to his right and John Kelly to his left. Matt Pottinger, Stephen Miller, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders sat next to each other further down the table. …
“Trump said to Lee: ‘We’ve got very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it’s going to work out very nicely.’
“‘We do appreciate your hospitality, your professionalism, and your friendship,’ he added. Lee replied, ‘Thank you.’”
— REUTERS/SINGAPORE: “Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday. Kim remained ensconced in the heavily guarded St. Regis Hotel where he is staying.” https://reut.rs/2LDD0TE
U.S. DELEGATION WITH TRUMP: Mike Pompeo, John Kelly, Josh Bolton, Stephen Miller, Sarah Sanders, Mira Ricardel, Matthew Pottinger, Sarah Tinsley, Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, Ambassador Michael McKinley, Allison Hooker, Brenan Richards and Melissa Brown.
SINGAPORE TWEETS … THE PRESIDENT at 9:17 p.m.: “Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay? Not fair to the PEOPLE of America! $800 Billion Trade Deficit…”
… at 9:29 p.m.: “And add to that the fact that the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!). The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!” …
… at 9:42 p.m.: “Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!” …
… at 9:45 p.m.: “Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!” … “Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore. We must put the American worker first!”
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN THE TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT — AP’S ERIC TALMADGE in Pyongyang, North Korea: “Analysis: Wit, wisdom are likely tactics from Kim’s playbook”: https://bit.ly/2l4FEGS
— WSJ’S MIKE BENDER, DION NISSENBAUM and MICHAEL R. GORDON: “The Art of the Foreign-Policy Deal: An Insider’s Guide to Trump’s Tactics: An examination of key foreign-policy moments from the president’s first 16 months reveals the traits he brings to bear in international dealings”: https://on.wsj.com/2Mjw3YW
CHINA’S ROLE — “Before Kim Meets Trump, China Gets Jittery About North Korea’s Intentions,” by NYT’s Jane Perlez in Beijing: “In the sudden rush of diplomacy involving North Korea, China has appeared to have the upper hand, hosting the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, twice before his long-anticipated Singapore summit meeting with President Trump even begins.
“Yet as Mr. Kim prepares to finally meet Mr. Trump in Singapore on Tuesday, some analysts say Beijing appears to be getting a sudden case of the jitters. They say the Chinese leaders, who are unused to being on the outside looking in, are growing anxious about whether they can keep their Cold War-era ally firmly in its current orbit around China.
“Leaders in Beijing are worried, experts say, that Mr. Kim might try to counterbalance China’s influence by embracing the United States, North Korea’s longtime enemy. According to analysts, Mr. Kim may seek to do this by offering Mr. Trump some sort of deal, which would probably include some pledge to scrap his nuclear arsenal in exchange for American help to reduce or even eliminate North Korea’s near total dependence on China.” https://nyti.ms/2MjwdQ2
— “China may take bigger role as ‘guarantor and mediator’ after Trump-Kim talks,” by South China Morning Post’s Laura Zhou: “Beijing is expected to take a bigger role in Korean peninsula negotiations after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet on Tuesday – helping the two sides to push forward any deals they make.
“The role would be as a ‘guarantor’, Chinese analysts say, not just of progress on the denuclearization Washington is seeking, but also to ensure what Kim wants most: the safety of his regime.” https://politi.co/2HEpvRj
THE BACKSTORY ON THE G7 FLAP — “What led to Trump’s outburst against Trudeau: Behind the scenes at the G7,” by the Toronto Star’s Tonda MacCharles in Quebec City: “U.S. President Donald Trump greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warmly Friday morning as he arrived at the G7. Although he’d tweeted grumpily the night before that Trudeau was ‘so indignant’ about American tariffs, Trump looked happy to see the prime minister. They shook hands and smiled for the cameras, as all eyes were on them. Hours later, they sat down together behind closed doors.
“According to a source with knowledge of their discussions, Trump said: ‘People forget how close we are Justin, and I notice that they took a picture of us smiling and talking and the market went up 200 points.’ Trump would raise that anecdote a couple more times over the course of what was a pivotal meeting, according to an official. Asked what to make of that, the source said perhaps the American president liked to reflect on his power.” http://bit.ly/2xWpSHg
FUN ANECDOTE – From Florian Eder’s Brussels Playbook: “Britain’s ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, gently poked fun at Trump at the U.K. embassy residence in Washington on Friday night, according to two attendees. Darroch, in a nod to Trump asking Justin Trudeau if Canada burned down the White House in 1812, told the audience that his own country had received a formal presidential pardon ‘because it turns out we weren’t the ones who burned down the White House.’ His remarks were part of a longer speech that celebrated pride and the U.K.’s commitment to LGBT rights.” https://politi.co/2sOJw2V
UP NEXT? … NYT’S ANDREW HIGGINS in MOSCOW: “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Sunday during a visit to China that he would meet President Trump ‘as soon as the American side is ready’ but insisted Russia was in no hurry to win readmission to the Group of 7 nations because it already belongs to a Chinese-led grouping that he described as more important.” https://nyti.ms/2xYezhZ
ISAAC DOVERE — “Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders”: “Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office. …
“The meetings have been at Obama’s personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Fund building in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, and they show how a stream of ambitious, searching politicians are looking for guidance and support from the man who has remained the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, eager to be involved, though not directly. He’s not making any promises of support, though, and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged. …
“Obama is concerned about how his own party is responding, and how it can be best positioned to win in the midterms and in the next presidential cycle to beat back the president and his politics. He doesn’t see himself as the person to come up with the plan, people who know about the meetings say, but he is eager to be a sounding board and counselor to the Democrats he sees as playing a role in shaping the party’s future.” https://politi.co/2l3d1Kj
— THE DEMOCRATIC CONUNDRUM: “Should Democrats find a Trump of their own? Political outsiders find little room in 2020 presidential field,” by WaPo’s Michael Scherer: “In theory, there is a real opportunity for an outsider to take over the party and challenge Trump, the first American to be elected president without political or military service, on their own terms. The problem has been finding the right person to do it, particularly in a party whose voter base is more inclined to favor government experience. The potential 2020 field already includes about two dozen traditional politicians, including mayors, governors and senators. …
“As it stands, the only remaining brand-name business leaders besides [Howard] Schultz known to be actively considering a run are the liberal financier Tom Steyer, who is traveling the country to build a grass-roots effort to impeach Trump, and the celebrity entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who has taken few steps to build inroads in the Democratic Party, after saying last year he would rather run as a Republican or an independent.” https://wapo.st/2Jrld5r
JUST POSTED – ADAM ENTOUS in The New Yorker, “Donald Trump’s New World Order: How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind” http://bit.ly/2HHpwEg
NEW — “Scott surges past Nelson with older Florida voters,” by Marc Caputo: “Gov. Rick Scott is virtually tied with Sen. Bill Nelson among Florida voters, but the Republican is dominating the Democrat by 9 points among those nearing or at retirement age — a group that casts the majority of Florida’s votes.
“The results, drawn from a forthcoming POLITICO/AARP poll delving into the policy views of Florida voters aged 50 and older, exposes a political divide that bodes relatively well for Republicans when compared to some nationwide polling that shows a more-favorable environment for Democrats.
“Overall, voters in the nation’s largest swing state are almost evenly split when it comes to opinions of President Trump’s job performance, with 48 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving. But Trump’s job approval rises to 52 percent and his disapproval falls to 44 percent among voters older than 50 — a crucial demographic in the retiree-heavy state because they have historically cast about two-thirds of all the ballots in midterm elections.” https://politi.co/2JzPTxt
— We’re hosting our first PLAYBOOK ELECTIONS event on June 29 in Florida at the InterContinental Miami with Caputo. Right now, we have conversations with three candidates in Florida’s 27th district lined up: Democrats DAVID RICHARDSON and DONNA SHALALA and Republican MARIA ELVIRA SALAZAR. RSVP now http://bit.ly/PBElectionsFL
This is the seat being vacated by longtime Republican Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, and most election handicappers say it’s one of the seats most likely to flip in November.
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2018 WATCH — “Mark Sanford running scared in Trump-fueled primary,” by Alex Isenstadt in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: “GOP Rep. Mark Sanford has spent the past three years torching President Donald Trump, firmly establishing himself as a staunch critic of the commander-in-chief who, unlike so many others in his party, never came around. Now he’s suddenly at risk of losing his job over it.
“The once seemingly safe former South Carolina governor, who’s never lost a bid for political office, is sweating in the final days of his primary race against state Rep. Katie Arrington, a political newcomer who’s cast Sanford as a disloyal Never-Trumper.
“Over the past several weeks, Sanford has launched an 11th-hour TV advertising blitz going directly after Arrington, a sure indication that he’s under duress. He’s barnstorming his Lowcountry district. And on Sunday, he released a full-page letter to a local newspaper in which he pleaded with voters to ‘look at the list of things I have gotten done on your behalf’ and asked them to call him on his personal cell phone if they had any questions.” https://politi.co/2JKRCU3
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VALLEY TALK – “Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T?” by WaPo’s Tony Romm: “Two pivotal developments this week could dramatically expand the power and footprint of major telecom companies, altering how Americans access everything from political news to ‘Game of Thrones’ on the Internet. Monday marks the official end of the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules, which had required broadband providers such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon to treat all Web traffic equally.
“The repeal is part of a campaign by Ajit Pai, the Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to deregulate the telecom industry in a bid to boost its investments — particularly in rural areas. … One day after the net neutrality changes, a federal judge is set to rule on Tuesday on whether AT&T can buy Time Warner.” https://wapo.st/2y6KM6u
CLICKER – “Tony Award Winners 2018: The Complete List” – Variety: http://bit.ly/2LIaTD1
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Greta Van Susteren, who is now host of VOA’s “Plugged In With Greta Van Susteren”. How she’s celebrating: “In Singapore awaiting the historic Trump/USA and Kim Jong Un/NK summit. I am fascinated by this summit not just for its importance to the world, but because I have been to NK 3 times.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2y0tSGZ
BIRTHDAYS: Tad Devine is 63 … Ashley Mocarski, senior director in WH cabinet affairs (hat tip: Emily McBride) … Kim Oates of the House Radio/TV gallery … Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. City Council … Charlie Rangel is 88 … Lindsey Williams Drath … Jennifer Rubin … Cisco’s Michael Timmeny … Jeremy Ben-Ami, president at J Street (h/ts Jon Haber) … POLITICO’s Emily Dobler, Denis Manevski and Juliette Medina … South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is 65 … Treasury alum David Cohen … TJ Adams-Falconer … Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) is 7-0 … Cesar Gonzalez, COS for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) … former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) is 6-0 … DNC’s Lucas Acosta (h/t Crystal Carson) … Will Rahn, politics editor at CBS News digital, is 31 … Jessica Franks, director of government relations at Edison Electric Institute … Tanit Parada Tur … Alexa Papadopoulos, press secretary for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) … The Daily Caller’s Eric Lieberman …
… Mike Schoenfeld, VP of public affairs and government relations at Duke (h/t Christopher Simmons) … Chris Campbell, assistant secretary for financial institutions at Treasury … Kristina Edmunson … Rachel Ruskin … Reid Pillifant, politics editor at Slate (h/t Aaron Mak, filing from Nantucket) … Jonathan McBride, managing director at BlackRock … Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC public advocate, is 8-0 … Matt Chaban … Mary Kate Cunningham … Salesforce’s Tom Gavin … Michael Froehlich … Caroline Barker … Matthew Campbell … Vanessa Chan, director of corporate and financial communications at Facebook … Kelly Danielka Peirson … Francisco Garcia … Google’s Ramya Raghavan … Tom Alexander, COO at 1871 Chicago … Jacque Vilmain (h/t Teresa Vilmain) … Ingrid Newkirk is 69 … Dr. Oz, a loyal Playbooker, is 59 (h/t AP)
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