Monday morning news: July 1, 2019


Trump meets Kim Jong Un at Korean DMZ » A historic moment on the Korean Peninsula Sunday. President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone separating North from the South. 

AUDIO: I’ve never expected to meet you at this place. 

And he did something no U.S. president has done before: He stepped across the border into North Korea. 

TRUMP: I just want to say that this is my honor. I didn’t really expect it. 

President Trump said it was not planned in advance.  

TRUMP: I said would you like me to come across? He said I would be so honored. 

The two leaders had planned on a very brief meeting but wound up talking for about an hour. The president said they agreed to rekindle stalled nuclear talks. He added that he plans to invite Kim to the White House at—quote—“the right time.”


U.S., China agree to ceasefire in trade war as talks resume » The president’s trip to Korea followed meetings with world leaders at the G20 summit in Japan—most notably, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

The two leaders reached something of a ceasefire in ongoing trade war. They agreed over the weekend to put any new tariffs on hold and continue trade talks. 

President Trump had planned to impose tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports. Existing tariffs will remain in place for now.  

Trump made one concession on Saturday, saying he would allow U.S. companies to sell their products to the Chinese tech company Huawei. However, he’s not yet willing to remove the company from a trade blacklist.

The president’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow stressed on Sunday that any trade deal has to be the right deal… 

KUDLOW: We have had tremendous problems with intellectual property theft, forced transfers of technology, tariffs, non-tariffs barriers going on and other issues, okay? Those have to be remedied. 

He said how long that will take is impossible to predict and the White House isn’t in any hurry.


HHS delays new rules protecting conscience rights » The Trump administration is holding off in implementing new rules that would help protect the rights of health workers who decline to take part in abortions or other acts that violate their religious beliefs.

The measure requires institutions that get money from federal programs to certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights. The rules were slated to take effect three weeks from today. 

But the measure faces a legal challenge in a California court. And the Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in the lawsuit mutually agreed to delay a final ruling on the matter until November 22nd. 


CDC: salmonella risk linked to papayas from Mexico » The Centers for Disease Control is urging people in several states to stay away from fresh papayas imported from Mexico. 

The CDC has linked the fruit to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 60 people in eight states. At least 23 have been hospitalized. 

For now, officials say if you should avoid buying papayas from Mexico in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. 

Symptoms of Salmonella often include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.


(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) This June 12, 2018, file photo, U. S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un walks toward each other at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. 

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