1600 Daily: Everything White House 05/10/2018
Earlier this morning
President Donald J. Trump welcomed home three American returnees from North Korea. “They are really three incredible people,” the President said from Joint Base Andrews. “And the fact that we were able to get them out so soon was really a tribute to a lot of things, including a certain process that’s taking place right now.”
In another major step, President Trump announced minutes ago that he will meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.
A victory for the world
At 2:26 a.m. ET, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Joint Base Andrews,bringing home three Americans who had been held in North Korea. Upon initial examination, the three appeared to be in good physical condition and were able to walk on the plane without assistance. President Trump was there to greet them.
“This is a proud and memorable moment for America,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement. “Our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did a remarkable job overseeing the release of Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak Song – and to them I say: safe travels and welcome home.”
What you need to know about the surge in border crossings
Recently, there has been a surge in illegal border crossings. From April 2017 to April 2018, the number of illegal border crossings more than tripled. April 2018 was also the second month in a row that saw more than 37,000 individuals apprehended after entering the country illegally along our Southwest border.
Judicial rulings by activist courts make it virtually impossible to remove even dangerous criminals. The result of these loopholes is that individuals can illegally enter the United States, make fraudulent asylum claims, and expect to be released into U.S. society while never appearing in court. This breakdown has contributed to a deportation backlog of more than 1 million cases.
Congress must take real action to secure our border and close the loopholes in our immigration system. In January, President Trump released an immigration framework that, if enacted into law, would have addressed many of these problems and secured our porous border.
CIA nominee Gina Haspel gains momentum
President Trump’s nominee for CIA Director appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday. Gina Haspel, a 33-year public servant at the Agency, spoke at length about her role in counterterrorism efforts following the September 11 attacks on America.
A question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) summed up the hearing well: “If someone like you, with your history, with your record of service and sacrifice and excellence . . . cannot be confirmed to head this agency, then who can?” The intelligence community agrees. A letter to lawmakers from 72 former CIA officers calls Haspel “the image of what we want a peer and leader to be.”