Monday morning news: May 28, 2018


U.S.-North Korea Summit Back On (Maybe) » President Trump has walked back his statement last Thursday that the June 12th U.S.-North Korea summit is off.

Over the weekend, Trump told reporters negotiations for the meeting are still going forward.

TRUMP: A lot of people are working on it, it’s moving along very nicely so we’re looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn’t changed. So we’ll see what happens. 

Trump on Thursday said the meeting was canceled over harsh rhetoric from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. North Korea later indicated it was still willing to meet.

Over the weekend, leaders of North and South Korea got together in a surprise meeting that may have paved the way for the summit to be back on. And on Sunday, some U.S. officials made a foray into North Korea for planning meetings.

Still, some lawmakers remain skeptical of the summit’s chances for success. Republican Senator Roy Blunt told Fox News Sunday—

BLUNT: I do think some things need to be decided before we have that meeting. There needs to be a strong understanding of what both sides, what all three sides, frankly, mean by denuclearization.

North Korea has agreed to end its nuclear program as a prelude to the proposed summit.


Giuliani throws cold water on possible Trump interview » President Trump’s personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, says at this point it’s unlikely Trump will talk with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators.

Giuliani said the White House and members of Congress want to see documents related to an FBI informant that had contact with the Trump presidential campaign.

GIULIANI: The reality is, we’re not going to sit him down if this is a trap for perjury, and until we’re convinced of that, and if they don’t show us these documents, well, we’re just going to have to say no. 

On Friday, DOJ lawyers gave a classified briefing to Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intel Committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Oversight Committee, on the alleged information. But lawmakers were not allowed to see the relevant documents they’ve subpoenaed. 


Ireland votes to end protections for unborn babies » Ireland voted over the weekend to end protections for unborn babies. WORLD Radio’s Kent Covington has more.

KENT COVINGTON, REPORTER: Voters in Ireland opted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the country’s constitution. That amendment granted unborn babies the same legal rights as their mothers and it effectively prevented all abortions except when the mother’s life was in danger.

With more than two million votes, the measure passed by a nearly two to one margin.

The government, which supported the repeal effort, plans to allow abortion for babies up to 12 weeks gestation.

Reporting for WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.


Moonwalker Alan Bean Dies » Astronaut Alan Bean has died.

NASA AUDIO: The crew of Apollo 12, astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean and Dick Gordon. Traversing the lunar surface with Conrad, Alan Bean, his first space flight. 

Alan Bean was the fourth person to walk on the moon. On Saturday his family announced he died after becoming ill several weeks ago.

Bean made two trips into space, the first in 1969 on the Apollo 12 moon landing mission. He later commanded a mission to the first U.S. space station Skylab in 1973. 

BEAN: I felt I was one of the luckiest guys on earth, particularly since my profession was flying airplanes, and then it looked like a more advanced way to do airplanes was do spaceships, and then more advanced than that was getting a chance to land on the moon. 

Bean became a celebrated artist after hanging up his spacesuit in 1981, producing Apollo-themed paintings. Alan Bean was 86.


“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens with $83 million » Space was also on moviegoers’ minds over the weekend, with the opening of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

SOLO TRAILER: Hey kid, I’m puttin’ together a crew. You in? Yaaaaar oooowwww. That’s yes. 

The PG-13 action adventure “Solo: A Star Wars Story” brought in 83 million and a first place finish at the box office, strong but somewhat below expectations.

It was enough to knock R-rated Deadpool 2 into second place, with 43 million in ticket sales for the weekend.


I’m Jim Henry. Straight ahead, the Supreme Court considers the appointments clause of the Constitution. This is The World and Everything in It.


(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) In this May 24, 2018, file photo, People watch a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

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