President Trump said he was ‘not bothered’ by North Korean missile testing, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the tests were ‘of great regret.’ | Eugene Hoshiko – Pool/Getty Images
BREAKING OVERNIGHT … TRUMP ON THE WORLD STAGE — “Trump breaks with Abe, says not bothered by NK missile tests,” by AP’s Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville in Tokyo: “President Donald Trump said Monday that he is not ‘personally bothered’ by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, Abe disagreed with the U.S. president, saying the missile tests violated U.N. Security Council resolutions and were ‘of great regret.’ “Abe, who has forged a strong friendship with Trump and agrees with him on many issues, is concerned because the short-range missiles pose a threat to Japan’s security. … Trump didn’t hold back at the news conference when he was asked about Biden, declaring himself ‘not a fan.’ ‘Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low-I.Q individual,’ Trump said, adding that Kim probably based his assessment on Biden’s record and ‘I probably agree with him on that.’” AP— NYT’S ANNIE KARNI and KATIE ROGERS in Tokyo: “[D]uring a bilateral gathering between the two leaders, Mr. Abe quietly adjusted his sock while Mr. Trump promoted the fact that there had been ‘no rocket testing’ and ‘no nuclear testing’ from North Korea in two years.“The prime minister’s careful body language and word choices intrigued analysts who study the region closely. Victor Cha, a prominent North Korea expert, said that Mr. Abe most likely wanted to avoid the appearance of any discord with Mr. Trump after a heavily ceremonial visit, while also maintaining hope of a future summit meeting with the North.” NYT— WAPO’S ASHLEY PARKER and SIMON DENYER in Tokyo: “The president — a former real estate developer — also cast Kim’s opportunities through the lens of his previous passion. North Korea, the president said, is ‘located between Russia and China on one side, and South Korea on the other. It’s all waterfront property. It’s a great location, as we used to say in the real estate business.’” WaPo— AP/SEOUL: “North Korea calls Bolton a ‘defective human product’”THE PRESIDENT was the first world leader to meet with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace. The occasion inspired him to quote Japanese poetry, per pool reports.– THE STATE DINNER MENU: “First Course: Consommé a la Royale … Second Course: Turbot a la Meunière Sauce Tomate … Third Course: Cote de Boeuf Rotie … Fourth Course: Salade de Saison …Fifth Course: Glace Mont Fuji … Sixth Course: Dessert of melon and grapes.”FROM POOLER Noah Bierman of the L.A. Times: “The President presented the Emperor an American-made viola in a custom case and a signed photo of American composer Aaron Copland. This vintage 1938 viola was handmade in Charleston, West Virginia. The President also presented the Emperor with a signed and framed photo of the President. “The First Lady presented the Empress with a custom White House desk set featuring a pen made of Harvard tree wood. The Empress herself studied Economics at Harvard. This fountain pen was handcrafted from a red oak tree that still stands in Old Harvard Yard. The First Lady also presented the Empress with a signed and framed photo of the First Lady.“The Emperor presented the President with a traditional Japanese pottery and porcelain bowl as well as a signed and framed photo of His Majesty the Emperor. The Empress presented the First Lady with an ornamental Japanese lacquer box with traditional design as well as a framed and signed photo of Her Majesty the Empress.”WHAT’S ON TRUMP’S MIND IN JAPAN — @realDonaldTrump at 5:13 a.m.: “The Dems are getting NOTHING done in Congress! They only want a Do-Over on Mueller!”
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THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS — “Pro-EU parties suffer but hang on as turnout surges,” by POLITICO Europe’s David M. Herszenhorn: “The center-right European People’s Party clung to first position in Sunday’s European election but will have a slimmer plurality in the European Parliament after voters delivered big gains to far-right populists, liberals and Greens. Voter turnout surged across the Continent to exceed 50 percent for the first time in a quarter century — suggesting renewed relevance for the EU amid Britain’s so-far failed effort to quit the bloc, and mounting external challenges from Russia, China and the United States.“Initial results and exit polls showed the EPP is likely to hold 179 seats — a sharp decline from the 216 it won last time. The center-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) is expected to come second with 150 seats, down from 187. A new centrist-liberal coalition led by French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is predicted to come third, with 108 seats, followed by the Greens with 68 seats. A disparate array of far-right and anti-EU forces, including the U.K.’s Brexit Party, is set to win at least 115 seats — but it is unclear how coordinated they will be, and they are currently divided into multiple groups.” POLITICO Europe— “Populist tide rises but fails to flood EU: Euroskeptics won’t be taking over Brussels any time soon,” by POLITICO Europe’s Matthew KarnitschnigGood Monday morning. Happy Memorial Day! Congress is out of session all week.BECAUSE HE DOESN’T GET ANY PRESS COVERAGE … NEW YORKER’S WILLIAM FINNEGAN: “Beto O’Rourke Stays on the Road”THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION — ANITA KUMAR: “Trump administration takes unprecedented step to process border-crossers”: “The United States is for the first time sending illegal border-crossers to other cities for processing, transporting more than 3,000 each week from southern Texas and Arizona to other locations as the government struggles to deal with surging numbers of nearly 100,000 migrants a month crossing the southern border.“The Trump administration is flying migrants to San Diego and Del Rio, Texas, and busing them to El Centro, Calif., and Laredo, Texas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official familiar with the plan. There, they are being processed — which includes photographs, health screenings, fingerprints and background checks — before they are often released and told to return for a court hearing at a later date.“It is the first time in history the U.S. has transported immigrants to other localities because federal officials can’t process them in time at their original point of entry, the official said. The government is required by law to process these border-crossers within 72 hours.” POLITICO
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MEMORIAL DAY READS — “U.S. Army’s Tweet Prompts Stories of Harmful Effects of Military Service,” by NYT’s Mihir Zaveri: “It was meant to be part of a social media tribute on Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the United States Army posted a video on Twitter featuring a scout in fatigues who said his service gave him the opportunity to fight for something greater than himself, making him a better man. In its next tweet, the Army opened the floor and asked: ‘How has serving impacted you?’ The post was shared widely and received thousands of responses. But many were probably not what the Army was looking for. “Instead, the call-out provided what some felt was a rare platform to spotlight the darker consequences of military service for soldiers and their families, as tweet after tweet described lifelong health complications, grief over loved ones lost, sexual assaults gone unpunished and struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. ‘The public just doesn’t hear about it,’ said Brandon Neely, 38, a former Army specialist who posted about his PTSD. ‘They don’t hear about the guys, these veterans, that don’t sleep, have night sweats, are irritated. Some guys get really bad anxiety, depression.’” NYT— NYT’S JENNIFER STEINHAUER in Arlington: “Female Veterans, and a Memorial to Them, Struggle to Honor Women Who Served”: “[T]he Women in Military Service for America Memorial is constantly scrambling to stay afloat. Even as the nation seeks to canonize more and more of its war dead, contributions to this memorial are flagging. Female veterans — historically the memorial’s biggest donor pool — have pulled back over the years, and today they often focus more on their postmilitary life, and civilian identity, after taking off the uniform. And federal money, which has always been limited for memorials, has become increasingly stretched across an ever-expanding landscape of tributes, which are all looking for new donors.” NYT— “Rolling Thunder takes what could be its final ride in Washington,” by WaPo’s Jessica Contrera: “President Trump had just tweeted that Rolling Thunder was not going to end after all. ‘The Great Patriots of Rolling Thunder WILL be coming back to Washington, D.C. next year, & hopefully for many years to come,’ he wrote. ‘It is where they want to be, & where they should be.’“Rolling Thunder devotees gathered around [organizer Artie] Muller, believing the event had been saved. But all around him, the organizers behind Rolling Thunder were shaking their heads. They had not received a call from the White House. The Pentagon had not been in touch. The rally would still cost around $200,000 — far too much of which, the organizers believe, goes to parking lot rental and security. The hassle of dealing with the Pentagon’s security demands, they said, was no longer worth it.” WaPo
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2020 WATCH — “Joe Biden’s campaign of limited exposure: How long can he keep it up?” by WaPo’s Annie Linskey and Chelsea Janes: “[H]ere’s former vice president Joe Biden’s agenda for the holiday weekend, according to his campaign: ‘Joe Biden has no public events scheduled.’ Those seven words are becoming familiar for the Biden team. Aside from a campaign swing right after announcing his candidacy, Biden has kept his head down while his rivals rush from state to state to state. Even when he has held public events, they have included only a handful of questions from voters or reporters.“The light public schedule reflects the unique position of his campaign, advisers say: With near universal name recognition and high favorability ratings among Democrats, the former vice president does not need to introduce himself to voters like nearly every other candidate. And as the leader in early polls, he can attract media attention without splashy events.” WaPo— THE BIG PICTURE … NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN and REID EPSTEIN in Newton, Iowa: “With the 2020 Democratic Field Set, Candidates Begin the Races Within the Race”: “With a historically large field of 23 candidates apparently now set, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both African-American, are competing with Mr. Biden and other candidates for the support of black voters; Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke, who are both under 50, are vying for the mantle of generational change; Senator Elizabeth Warren is encroaching on Senator Bernie Sanders’s support from the party’s left wing; and six women are making the case that it is long past time for a female president.” NYT— MAGGIE SEVERNS: “Buttigieg pushes for massive fundraising haul to cement top-tier status”— DOWN BALLOT: JAMES ARKIN and BURGESS EVERETT in Denver: “Democratic donnybrook could jeopardize must-win Senate seat”: “In a spectacle that resembles Wal-Mart on Black Friday — or, for that matter, the Democratic presidential primary — nearly a dozen candidates are stampeding to take on Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), probably the most vulnerable Republican incumbent on the ballot next year. Other Democrats are weighing jumping in. And there’s neither a clear front-runner nor consensus among party leaders on the best standard-bearer in the must-win race.“The swarm of candidates filled a void left by just-departed Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was courted to run for the seat but decided to jump into the even more crowded race for president instead.” POLITICOTRUMP’S MONDAY … THE PRESIDENT will participate in a farewell call with the emperor of Japan at 8:15 p.m. Eastern. At 9:20 p.m., Trump will visit a Japanese military ship, the JS Kaga. At 10 p.m., the president will give a Memorial Day address on the USS WASP, an assault ship based in Japan. At 11:05 p.m., he’ll fly to the airport to fly back to D.C. He’s scheduled to land at Andrews at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.
PHOTO DU JOUR: Newly elected SNP European Parliament MEPs Christain Allard, Alyn Smith, and Aileen McLeod attend the declaration at the City Chambers on May 27, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
TRADE WARS — WSJ: “Trade Tension Deals Tractor Makers a Fresh Blow,” by Bob Tita and Austen HuffordFOR YOUR RADAR — “Exclusive: Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year,” by Reuters’ Shoon Naing and Simon Lewis in Yangon: “Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, two prison officials, two former fellow inmates and one of the soldiers told Reuters. The soldiers were freed in November last year, the two inmates said, meaning they served less than one year of their 10-year prison terms for the killings at Inn Din village. “They also served less jail time than two Reuters reporters who uncovered the killings. The journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, spent more than 16 months behind bars on charges of obtaining state secrets. The two were released in an amnesty on May 6.” ReutersBORDER TALES – “A Migrant Family Takes a Greyhound Across America,” by NYT’s Miriam Jordan in Dallas: “Entering the U.S. at a rate of more than 5,000 a day, new arrivals from Central America are departing border towns by the busload. And that bus is usually a Greyhound.” NYTPOSTCARD FROM IOWA — ALEX THOMPSON EMAILS FROM OTTUMWA: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren told an audience here on Sunday that she didn’t poll in the lead up to her presidential run and hasn’t since she entered the race at the beginning of the year. Her campaign confirmed that it does not have a polling firm, although Warren did not rule out using one in the future. ‘I’m making the point that I’m fighting these from the heart not because they were poll-tested,’ Warren told reporters afterward. “‘We do not poll to determine her positions and stances; she wants to do what she wants to do and that’s our strategy,’ the campaign said. The campaign did allow, however, that it has an 8-person data and analytics team which is ‘oriented at identifying and mobilizing people who are inspired by her message, not trying to find a message to inspire people.’”
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MEDIAWATCH — “CBS’s Scott Pelley Blasts Former Boss David Rhodes for ‘Hostile Work Environment,’” by the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove: “CBS’ Scott Pelley publicly blasted his former bosses on Sunday — training most of his fire on ex-news division president David Rhodes, claiming Rhodes fired him as anchor of the CBS Evening News for complaining internally about a ‘hostile work environment’ for male and female news division staffers. … Reached by The Daily Beast, Rhodes vehemently disputed Pelley’s claims. ‘That simply never happened,’ Rhodes said. ‘And if he had those conversations about this with anybody, it wasn’t with me.’” The Daily Beast … VideoBONUS GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:– “‘It’s a Lifelong Burden’: The Mixed Blessing of the Medal of Honor,” by WSJ’s Michael M. Phillips: “America’s highest award for combat valor is both a gift and a constant reminder of what’s often the worst day of recipients’ lives.” WSJ— “My Best Friend and I Did Everything Together — Until He Was Killed in Afghanistan,” by Luke Ryan in the NYT Magazine. NYT— “The Ghosts of Flight 191,” by Bryan Smith in Chicago Mag: “Judith and Sheldon Wax were local literary figures — she an author, he a top editor at Playboy. Forty years ago this month, they and 269 other people boarded a plane to Los Angeles. What happened next haunts Chicago to this day.” Chicago Mag (h/t Don Van Natta Jr.’s Sunday Long Read)– “The Surreal Life of George Papadopoulos,” by T.A. Frank in WaPo Magazine: “Russiagate felon. Hollywood denizen. Friend of Tom Arnold. Is there anything more 2019?” WaPo— “Vanilla Fever,” by Wendell Steavenson in the June/July issue of 1843 Magazine – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “How did hunger for the humble vanilla pod lead to greed, crime and riches? Wendell Steavenson travels to Madagascar to meet the new spice barons.” 1843 Magazine— “The Troubled History of Psychiatry,” by Jerome Groopman in The New Yorker: “Challenges to the legitimacy of the profession have forced it to examine itself, including the fundamental question of what constitutes a mental disorder.” The New Yorker
SPOTTED: Bill Weld having dinner on Sunday night at the restaurant Republic in Manchester, N.H.BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Andrew Harnik, AP staff photojournalist covering Washington (@AndyHarnik on Instagram). A trend he thinks deserves more attention: “I’ll need a new roof on my rowhouse pretty soon, and I recently went down a rabbit hole researching solar energy and green roofs. D.C. will substantially discount the cost of installing a green roof and solar panels, power companies will pay you for the energy you produce, and there’s currently a federal tax credit of 30% on all solar projects.” Playbook Plus Q&ABIRTHDAYS: David Plouffe is 52 … Henry Kissinger is 96 … Campbell Robertson, national correspondent for NYT, is 43 … Noam Scheiber, NYT labor and workplace reporter, is 43 … Chris Dodd is 75 (h/t Charlie Rivkin) … former FBI Director William Sessions is 89 … Matt McKenna (h/t Barbara Morgan) … Marc Stanley is 62 … Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) is 73 … Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is 72 … Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is 57 … Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) is 51 … POLITICO’s Randy Lemmerman and Megan McCrink … Rob Flynn is 61 … Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab and the Good Life Initiative at New America … Thalia Assuras … POLITICO Europe’s Marylise Mahé … Sean Rapelyea … Sumner Redstone is 96 … NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden … News UK boss Rebekah Brooks is 51 …… Katya Dimenstein, COS for Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) … Richard Schiff is 64 … Benny Johnson, chief creative officer at Turning Point USA, is 33 (h/t wife Katelyn) … Julie Rasicot … Kelsey Baron … Jillian Busch … Andrew Seidman … Jenny Drucker … Andrew Fowler … Russ Rosler … Drew Cole, partner at Roberti Global … Carl Conetta … Andrew Overton, senior director of comms at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation … Marisa Brand is 23 … Bob Rayner is 58 … Dustin Mooney … Sherry Amatenstein … Katharine Gallogly … Devin Drewyer … Stefanie Weishaupt Prelesnik … Devan Barber … Whitney Reboulet … Diana Roday Hosford … Melissa Ludtke … Karen Kirksey Smith … Cary O’Reilly … NPR’s Julie McCarthy … Andrew Powaleny … Kris Martinsek … Juanita Williams … Jill Wilkins … Ned Sebelius.
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