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Vague Pact Signed, Trump Sees ‘Arduous’ Process Ahead With North Korea
Trump shifts view of Kim, calling him ‘worthy negotiator’ and ‘very talented’

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talk during their signing ceremony during their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday. (Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a nuclear agreement Tuesday that is as sweeping as it is vague, with the U.S. commander in chief saying it merely kicks off an “arduous” process to potentially disarm the North.

Trump bemoaned the notion that he and U.S. officials gave up a raft of concessions to Kim even before the two leaders shook hands around 9 a.m. local time in Singapore. But he announced that part of the accord includes the United States ending its joint military exercises with South Korea, which Trump called too “provocative.”

Trump Cannot Leave Kim Summit Empty Handed, Lawmakers Say
Sen. Blunt: ‘Something positive has to come out of the first meeting’

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday morning in Singapore after trading barbs and threats for over a year. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nuclear-tinged threats. Name-calling. Missiles flying over Japan. Emergency war council meetings. And now, a face-to-face meeting.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have sparked fears of a mushroom cloud conflict between two nuclear-armed countries. But in the unpredictable Trump era, their Tuesday morning summit in Singapore seems a fitting next chapter for the two heads of state.

White House Would Seek Congressional Approval Of N. Korea Deal
Trump has been preparing for ‘months and months,’ Pompeo says

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “personally” assured him he intends to give up his nuclear weapons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Trump administration officials intend to ask Congress to approve any nuclear deal President Donald Trump might strike with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says has vowed to give up his nuclear arsenal.

Pompeo told reporters at the White House Thursday the administration would submit a “document” to Congress for their review and possible approval. The idea is to give Kim confidence that a possible nuclear accord would be honored when the next U.S. administration takes over in 2021 or 2025.

Trump on Kim Summit: I Don’t Have to ‘Prepare That Much’
President is willing to normalize relations with North Korea

President Donald Trump, here at a White House celebration on Tuesday, says he does not need to prepare very much for his planned upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:27 p.m.President Donald Trump on Thursday said he has not been cramming for his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and signaled he might cancel it again. He also expressed a willingness to normalize relations with the North.

“We would like to see normalization, yes,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Democrat Plays a Little Gamesmanship in the Ron Estes vs. Ron Estes Primary

Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kan., has requested to use the prefix "Rep." on the GOP primary ballot in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democrat is sowing more chaos into the GOP primary battle between Kansas Rep. Ron Estes and his opponent, Ron M. Estes.

Laura Lombard, one of the two top Democrats running to unseat the incumbent Estes in Kansas’ 4th District, filed a request with the State Objections Board to remove the “Rep.” prefix from the congressman’s name on the primary ballot, saying the title violates state law.

Rep. Ron Estes Faces Primary Challenge From Ron Estes
Incumbent’s campaign says challenger with same name is making an ‘attempt to deceive Kansas voters’

Kansas Rep. Ron Estes leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in May. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of Republican Rep. Ron Estes’ primary opponent in Kansas’ 4th District is Ron Estes, and that doesn’t mean he’s running against himself.

The non-congressman Ron M. Estes announced Thursday he would challenge the elected Estes, the Wichita Eagle reported.

North Korean Officials to Deliver Letter From Kim, Trump Says
President stops short of saying summit is back on

President Donald Trump waves as he walks to the White House after arriving on Marine One on Tuesday night. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Thursday he expects a North Korean delegation to hand-deliver a letter to him from Kim Jong Un — but he stopped short of saying their denuclearization summit is back on.

Trump expects the North Korean officials to be in Washington on Friday to deliver the letter. That delegation has been in New York, where senior North Korean officials met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Dems Blame Trump for Nixed Kim Summit, GOP Applauds Move
President warns North Korea, saying U.S. military is ‘ready’

President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks across the South Lawn while departing the White House on Tuesday for New York. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Updated 12:28 p.m. | Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that President Donald Trump canceled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because his administration was ill-prepared for the sensitive talks, but GOP members hailed the move as strategically prudent.

A few hours after the White House released a letter he penned to Kim informing him the talks are off — for now, at least — Trump delivered a hawkish warning to the North Korean dictator. The U.S. commander in chief said his military is “ready” and “by far” the most powerful in the world, contending it has been “greatly enhanced.”

Foster Youth Come to Capitol Hill, Share Experiences in the System
Foster Youth Shadow Day is in its seventh year in Washington

Megan Simon, 26, of Los Angeles, talks with Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., in the Rayburn subway on Foster Youth Shadow Day on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Karen Bass had a busy day ahead of her in the House on Wednesday: a morning meeting with House Democrats, pressing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on a few points during his Foreign Affairs hearing, and introducing a speaker on the House floor.

While the day wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for the California Democrat, it was for Megan Simon, a 26-year-old former foster child shadowing the lawmaker for the day.

Corker and Hatch Won’t Be Moving Down Under
Senate GOP chairmen opt not to be considered for ambassador to Australia

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has turned down the chance to be ambassador to Australia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker will not be leaving the chamber to become ambassador to Australia, and neither will Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch.

An aide to Corker confirmed a report that the Tennessee Republican had been under consideration for the post.