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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump confirmed that the United States would be ending its joint military exercises with South Korea at a press conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, calling them "a very provocative situation."

Why it matters: While North Korea has agreed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula as its major concession, Trump was light on details about what that process might look like or how it could be verified.

"I gave up nothing. I’m here. I haven’t slept in 25 hours. … Only a person that dislikes Donald Trump would say that I’ve made a big commitment."
— Trump pushing back on the idea that he hadn't secured anything in return for the U.S.

The other big takeaways: Trump touted Kim's agreement to denuclearization throughout the press conference, saying that he had also agreed to destroy "a major missile engine testing site."

  • But Trump couldn't expound on a framework for international verification of that denuclearization, adding, "It's going to be achieved by having a lot of people there …We’re going to have a lot of people there and we’re going to be working with them on a lot of other things." He added that denuclearization would be overseen by a combination of Americans and international workers.
  • Sanctions against North Korea will remain in place but "will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor."
  • The remains of American soldiers lost in the Korean War will be returned to the U.S., according to Trump.
  • Embassies could be open "hopefully soon," though Trump added that it's a "little bit early for that."
  • Trump will go to Pyongyang "at a certain time" and "also will be inviting Chairman Kim at a certain time to the White House."

More quotes:

  • On human rights in North Korea: "It’s a rough situation over there. … It’s rough, it’s rough in a lot of places by the way — not just there."
  • On Kim taking over as leader at age 26: "He is very talented … I don’t say he was nice. Very few people at that age — one out of 10,000 couldn’t do it."
  • On Kim's genuine commitment: "He was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this. I think he might want to do this as much or even more than me."
  • How he tried to convince Kim: "They have great beaches, you see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean, right? I say, boy, look at that view, wouldn't that make a great condo? ... Think of it from a real estate perspective."

Go deeper: Check out Axios' live updates on the Trump-Kim summit.

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Data: Chamberlain, 2020, "United States of America Cabinet Appointments Dataset" Chart: Will Chase/Axios

It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nominees found.

Why it matters: It's not just Neera Tanden. The trend is a product of growing polarization, rougher political discourse and slimming Senate majorities, experts say. It means some of the nation's most vital federal agencies go without a leader and the legislative authority that comes with one.

Exclusive: Hundreds of kids held in Border Patrol stations

Migrants cross the Rio Bravo to get to El Paso, Texas. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

More than 700 children who crossed from Mexico into the United States without their parents were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The current backup is yet another sign of a brewing crisis for President Biden — and a worsening dilemma for these vulnerable children. Biden is finding it's easier to talk about preventing warehousing kids at the southern border than solving the problem.

Pompeo plots 2024 power play

Mike Pompeo in Washington on Feb. 12. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.

Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. His professional moves this week indicate he's working to keep his name in the headlines and bolster a political brand built largely on foreign policies easily contrasted with the Biden White House.