Trump meets with Kim Jong-un in North Korea

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

July 1, 2019: Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un in North Korea. Several candidates spoke at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition annual convention in Chicago.

There are 10 new candidates running since last week, including five Democrats, two Republicans, and one Libertarian. In total, 758 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.

Notable Quote of the Day

“What the maiden debates of the 2020 election cycle demonstrated above all else is the acceleration of change inside the Democratic Party—not just since Biden came to Congress in 1973, but since he became vice president in 2009.

Ten years ago this September, Barack Obama convened a joint session of Congress to reset the narrative of his health-care reform push and dispel some of the more sinister myths surrounding it. One particular point of emphasis for Obama: The Affordable Care Act would not cover undocumented immigrants.

On Thursday, every one of the 10 candidates on stage—Biden included—said their government plans would do exactly that.”

– Tim Alberta, Politico chief political correspondent


  • Michael BennetJulián CastroKirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harrisappeared on MSNBC’s Kasie DC Sunday night.
  • Attorney and top Obama bundler Tom McInerney announced that he had withdrawn support from Joe Biden.
  • Bill de Blasio announced Friday that New York City will no longer participate in a federal Title X program granting $1.3 million because it prohibited funded clinics from making abortion referrals.
  • Cory Booker joined Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press.
  • Steve Bullock is hosting a Facebook Live town hall on climate change with the Forward Montana Foundation Monday morning.
  • Pete Buttigieg walked with South Bend city and faith leaders in a peace march Saturday following an increase in gun violence and the fatal police shooting of Eric Logan.
  • Castro and Beto O’Rourke campaigned across Texas over the weekend.
  • John Delaney campaigned throughout Iowa over the weekend. He held a forum on healthcare with the Scott County Democrats.
  • Tulsi Gabbard discussed the first Democratic primary debate on Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • Several Democratic candidates defended Harris after tweets shared by bot accounts questioned whether she is a black American.
  • Harris reported raising $2 million in the 24 hours following the first Democratic presidential debate.
  • In an interview on CNN, John Hickenlooper criticized Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un. 
  • Amy Klobuchar will campaign in Iowa Monday, the first of three days in the state.
  • Wayne Messam spoke about immigration policy at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii. 
  • Seth Moulton and Bernie Sanders campaigned at the Nashua Pride Festival in New Hampshire Saturday.
  • In an interview on Fox News, Tim Ryan said Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a publicity stunt.
  • Eric Swalwell retweeted support for lowering the voting age to 16.
  • Elizabeth Warren discussed her faith at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Annual International Convention. Bidende BlasioGabbard, and Klobuchar also spokeover the weekend.
  • Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang both said their mics did not work at several points during the debate. NBC responded, “At no point during the debate was any candidate’s microphone turned off or muted.”


  • Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to enter North KoreaSunday. He then met with Kim Jong-un for an hour in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. 

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Flashback: July 1, 2015

The Clinton campaign announced that it had raised $45 million in the second quarter of 2015. Ninety-one percent of donations were $100 or less.