Around the world News briefs | Tuesday, May 22, 2018

North Korea: Trump today meets at the White House with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, hopeful he can clarify Kim Jong Un’s intentions in advance of a June 12 summit that remains in limbo. The president meets with Moon in what was originally scheduled to be a sit-down to develop a denuclearization strategy in advance of a historic planned Singapore summit. U.S. officials say they are unclear how Kim expects to proceed. Trump and Moon today will confer about whether a summit should take place, and to what end. The Hill

Vice President Pence, during an interview with Fox News, repeated that Trump is serious about walking away, if necessary, from any planned meeting with Kim. Reuters

Western and Chinese news organizations arrived in North Korea today to witness the closure of a nuclear test site, an indication that the pledged North Korea shutdown proceeds amid renewed diplomatic uncertainty. Reuters

Reacting to what the Trump administration describes as a pause while trying to rectify trade imbalances between the U.S. and China, Beijing on Monday praised a recent agreement with the U.S. to call off tariff threats.  The Hill

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. and China agreed on a broad outline to settle the ZTE controversy. The agreement would lift the ban on U.S. sales of parts and software to the Chinese telecom company and require ZTE to institute major management changes.

The New York Times: The president defended his trade stance with China in a series of tweets on Monday

During a major speech on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised the strongest sanctions in history on Iran following the president’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. He described wholesale changes in Iran policies that the Trump administration seeks (The Associated Press)

Venezuela: The Hill — Trump sanctioned the government of Venezuela on Monday using an executive order that bars U.S. financial “or other” dealings with the government of Venezuela. The executive order followed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s election to a second term in what U.S. officials called a rigged contest.

Trump will address the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List tonight, where he’ll receive the Pro-life Distinguished Leader Award from the group, which opposes abortion rights.

Trump’s presidency has been a triumph for the religious right and influential groups like the SBA List intend to reward him at the ballot box.

The SBA List is mobilizing in eight states where Senate Democrats face reelection in states Trump won in 2016. They’re working to elect a filibuster-proof GOP Senate majority that can propel the president’s anti-abortion agenda.

“President Donald Trump is governing as the most pro-life president in our nation’s history… and we look forward to the many victories we can achieve together.” — SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

Evangelicals and anti-abortion voters believe Trump has delivered for them where other Republicans have only talked. They’ll stick by him regardless of the moral questions that might arise about his past behavior.


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