3 Things To Know Today

1 Trump Agrees To New Talks With North Korea, Says Taliban Talks Are Dead

What an interesting day for North Korea…the Hermit Kingdom says it is willing to resume nuclear talks with the United States “if a fresh approach is taken.” State media has even confirmed that diminutive dictator Kim Jong Un has agreed to a meeting with President Trump on June 30th. But then, that news came on the heels of another missile launch The North Korean Vice Foreign Minister said Un was willing to have "comprehensive discussions" with Trump at a time and place agreed between both sides. He added that if the U.S. presents similar scenarios as it has done in the past, then a deal between the countries may come together. The problem? The Trump Administration says it has no events with North Korea to announce at this time. Meanwhile, President Trump says talks with the Taliban are totally dead. Talking with reporters at the White House, Trump confirmed that he called off the talks after a suicide bomb attack killed a U.S. soldier in Kabul last week. Trump said he wants to get U.S. forces out of the war-torn country, but only at the right time. At last check, more than 14-thousand American forces remain in Afghanistan. As for the launch, the Pentagon is keeping an eye on the situation. It’s been confirmed that the North launched two "unidentified projectiles" off its east coast. The rockets traveled about 200 miles. U.S. and South Korean officials are working to figure out what type of missiles were fired.

2 Acting Customs Chief Defends Administration's Border Actions

Acting Customs Chief Mark Morgan is defending the Trump administration's border actions. In a White House briefing, Morgan said the administration has been forced to take action to deal with an unprecedented crisis on the southern border. He accused Congress of ongoing inaction on border protection and immigration policies. But there was some praise doled out – Morgan credited Mexico for help in curbing the flow of migrants into the U.S. He said the numbers of border apprehensions have been trending downward for months. Morgan warned that if you come to the U.S. illegally, you will be removed. He also insisted that President Trump's border wall is being built and is working (even though no new construction has been completed). For his part, Morgan says the numbers of border apprehensions are still on a downward track. Morgan told a White House briefing that 64-thousand people were apprehended in August, the third straight month of declines. Numbers in May spiked at around 130-thousand. Speaking of “The Wall,” Morgan deflected a question about Trump's 2016 campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, calling it a political question. Morgan also rejected reports that migrant kids are being held "in dangerous conditions." And one other thing…a federal judge is ruling to restore the nationwide ban blocking the Trump Administration's rule that aims to block nearly all asylum claims at the border. San Francisco-based District Judge Jon Tigar had previously issued the nationwide injunction, but the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed it to California and Arizona. The rule requires that immigrants who want asylum seek safe haven in another country they have traveled to on their way to the U.S. Tigar ruled that his injunction should apply across the entire border.

3 Trump Closes Door On Bahamian Refugees…Hard

After more than a hundred evacuees from the Bahamas were kicked off a ferry boat to Florida, President Trump says "very bad" gang members and drug dealers could be trying to get in to the United States. And he says that’s why those without documentation will be kept off American shores. Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump said that the Bahamas was having problems with “dangerous people who weren't supposed to be there,” and he doesn’t “want those people here.” Trump said everyone needs proper documentation. So what do Bahamians need? A valid passport to enter the U.S. but don't usually need a visa. In a statement, Customs and Border Protection says that everyone coming to the U.S. from another country has to present themselves to a CBP officer for inspection at an official port of entry. Visas aren't needed for Bahamians flying into the U.S. as long as they have other travel documents, but its unclear what's required for people traveling by boat. The U.N. estimates as many as 70-thousand people are homeless in the Bahamas after it was hit last week by Hurricane Dorian.

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