Former President Jimmy Carter is willing to travel to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un on behalf of President Donald Trump, a Democratic congressman told CNN.
Carter expressed his willingness to travel in a meeting with Rep. Ro Khanna of California on Thursday. The two were meeting regarding the California Democrat’s legislation to end the Korean War. “I think President Carter can help (President Trump) for the sake of the country,” Khanna told CNN. Carter’s offer comes a week after Trump’s summit with North Korea in Vietnam that ended without a deal.
Kelly says full border wall ‘waste’: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said in an onstage interview at Duke University this week that a wall spanning the entire U.S.-Mexico border would be a “waste of money.” Kelly also, according to Politico, rebuked one of Trump’s constant refrains about undocumented immigrants: That migrants who cross into the U.S. illegally are dangerous criminals and pose a serious threat.
“They’re overwhelmingly not criminals,” Kelly said Wednesday. “They’re people coming up here for economic purposes. I don’t blame them for that.”
Democrats’ doubts about Biden: The Hill writes there are lingering doubts about former Vice President Joe Biden’s ability to win a presidential primary as the Democratic Party moves to the left. Biden remains a huge figure in the race before even entering it, the Hill reports, but questions about him resurfaced last week when progressives got angry over his saying Vice President Mike Pence is a “decent guy.”
And separately, the Hill writes, a CNN focus group earlier this week rejected Biden outright, with some prospective voters in the group saying the party needed “bold, strong leadership,” as one put it, “and you’ll find that in the progressives.”
House Mueller report vote: The House is expected to vote next week on a resolution expressing Congress’ view that the final report expected to be released soon by Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be made available to the public, Roll Call reports.
Roll Call says the resolution calls for Mueller’s report to be released in full to Congress. It also calls for public release of the report “except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law” — that is, scrubbed of any classified information. Attorney General William Barr must present Congress with a summary of the special counsel’s work. But Barr has great authority to decide how much detail he shares in that summary. Roll Call writes.