U.S. fears fact-checking Kim after summit | Obama having secret meetings with 2020 contenders

President Donald Trump is looking to score a historic coup by securing a nuclear deal with North Korea, but making sure Pyongyang sticks to such an agreement could be even harder, CNN writes.

Trump’s advisers are concerned that no matter what kind of “deal” the president makes with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it will be incredibly difficult to verify whether Kim keeps his promises. “Getting the deal is only half the battle,” said a former intelligence official who specializes in Asia. “The other, more difficult half is compliance.” Speaking of the intelligence community, this source said, “They are worried.”

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Obama’s secret meetings: Politico reports that Barack Obama in recent months has met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and ex–Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. All the meetings were arranged quietly, Politico said, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have reportedly been confirmed to Politico by multiple people who are said to have been briefed on the sit-downs.

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Politico said Obama is not making any promises of support and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged.

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Trump rips up records: President Donald Trump has the habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them, Politico reports, a practice some people described as his unofficial “filing system.” Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all memos, letters, emails and papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping as historical records, Politico notes. The report cites former records-management analyst Solomon Lartey as saying he and colleagues would use Scotch tape to put the pieces together “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Lartey lost his job in the spring, Politico said. The human-resources official who terminated him did not respond to a request for comment, Politico said. And Politico said the White House did not comment on the president’s paper-ripping habit.

Republican senator defends Canada: Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins came to the defense of Canada following attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by President Trump and some of his top advisers, the Hill writes. The senator tweeted that “border communities” like those in Maine and Canada are “truly intertwined,” adding that the U.S. “must preserve this friendship.”

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Trump called Trudeau “weak & dishonest” in a tweet after the G-7 summit on Saturday, after Trudeau said that his country would not be “pushed around” by the U.S. on trade and discussed retaliatory tariffs.

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