1600 Daily: Everything White House 06/13/2018
Driving The Day
- President Donald J. Trump has returned to Washington following his historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un earlier this week.
- The White House hosts the top 10 team finalists for the Community College Innovation Challenge, highlighting the importance of STEM education in America.
Reactions to a new era of American diplomacy
Leaders the world over spoke of the powerful significance of President Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un this week. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the meeting “historic,” adding that “we will never go back to the past again.” According to the New York Post, people broke into cheers and applause at a train station in Seoul as President Trump shook Chairman Kim’s hand on TV.
Here at home, U.S. officials look forward to a new chapter. “For decades, American policy toward North Korea has failed, and I commend @POTUS for not accepting the status quo,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted. “This an historic opportunity to end the Korean War [and] get North Korea to give up their weapons and missiles,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said.
Security expert Christian Whiton explains what the President’s critics miss about the summit. In the past, U.S. administrations gave away too much upfront. “This time, President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have insisted that North Korea undertake actual disarmament before real financial concessions or even sanctions relief,” Whiton writes. Read more.
A message on Men’s Health Week
June 11–17 is Men’s Health Week, celebrated each year during the week leading up to Father’s Day. President Trump released a message on Monday reminding American men of the importance of monitoring their physical and mental health—this week and always.
“While there are many factors that contribute to a healthy life—including diet, exercise, stress management, and mental and emotional wellness—one of the most important practices is to regularly visit the doctor and the dentist,” President Trump says. “Men are less likely than women to visit their healthcare providers, often missing out on critical treatments that can protect their overall health and wellbeing.”