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President Trump on Sunday became the first sitting U.S. president to step inside North Korea, where he shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He told reporters afterward that stalled nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang would resume.

Why it matters: The West for decades has seen the North Korean side of the DMZ, a "vestige of the Cold War," as enemy territory. The encounter reflects Trump's instinct for stagecraft and spontaneous diplomacy.

  • Setting: "There isn’t much demilitarized about it," per AP. "A minefield laced with barbed wire, it’s guarded by combat-ready troops on both sides and has been the site of numerous, sometimes deadly gunbattles and skirmishes."
  • Context: The pen pals had a pair of high-profile summits before today's hour-long meeting, with February's summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, breaking down without an enforceable agreement for denuclearization.

Speaking to U.S. reporters after saying goodbye to Kim, Trump trumpeted progress they have made over the past two and a half years: "You don’t report it accurately, but that’s OK. Someday history will record it accurately."

  • Trump told reporters he and Kim had agreed to set up negotiating teams but sanctions would remain — though he left open the possibility of scaling them back, per AP. Trump also invited Kim to the White House.
  • North Korean officials shoved and tried to block the press, according to reporters on the scene and images of the incident. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham ended up with bruises when she got caught up in the fracas, according to AP.

What they're saying: Kim praised Trump's "very courageous and determined act," according to Los Angeles Times reporter Eli Stokols. Trump told Kim: "A lot of progress has been made, a lot of friendships have been made. And this has been, in particular, a great friendship. So I just want to thank you. That was very quick notice, and I want to thank you."

  • Trump added: "Tremendous positivity — really great things are happening. We met, and we liked each other, from Day 1. And that was very important. I'm going to invite him right now ... to the White House."
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The backdrop: The meeting occurred after Trump tweeted an invitation to Kim some 36 hours earlier. Though the meeting occurred at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, Trump said he'd "feel very comfortable" crossing the border to meet with Kim for the handshake.

  • Trump told U.S. service members stationed in South Korea in Osan Air Base after his meeting with Kim the event was "unexpected" but "great."
"That's a great country with tremendous potential. ... Everybody was so happy and many people I noticed from Korea were literally in tears, crying."
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This article has been updated with more details, including Trump's DMZ visit, his meeting with Kim and his address to the U.S. troops.

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State of play: Several White House reporters have tested positive and many are trying to figure out whether they and their families need to quarantine.

Group of 20 bipartisan senators back $1.2T infrastructure framework

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a meeting with Senate Budget Committee Democrats in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol building on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Majority Leader and Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee are meeting to discuss how to move forward with the Biden Administrations budget proposal. Photo: Samuel Corum / Getty Images

A group of 10 Democratic and 10 Republican senators (the "G20") tasked with negotiating an infrastructure deal with the White House has released a statement in support of a $1.2 trillion framework.

Why it matters: Details regarding the plan have not yet been released, but getting 10 Republicans on board means the bill could get the necessary 60 votes to pass.

DOJ drops criminal probe, civil lawsuit against John Bolton over Trump book

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The Justice Department has closed its criminal investigation into whether President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton disclosed classified information with his tell-all memoir, “The Room Where it Happened," according to a source with direct knowledge.

Why it matters: The move comes a year after the Trump administration tried to silence Bolton by suing him in federal court, claiming he breached his contract by failing to complete a pre-publication review for classified information. Prosecutors indicated they had reached a settlement with Bolton to drop the lawsuit in a filing on Wednesday.