News Wrap: One day after cancelling, Trump sounds hopeful note on North Korea summit

News Wrap: One day after cancelling, Trump sounds hopeful note on North Korea summit
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    JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump is suggesting a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un might
    be resurrected.
    The president called it off just yesterday, but, today, he welcomed a statement from the
    North.
    In it, the vice foreign minister said Pyongyang is ready to hold talks -- quote -- "at any
    time, at any format."
    Later, leaving the White House, Mr. Trump said the statement was very nice and he sounded
    a hopeful note.
    DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States: We will see what happens.
    It could even be the 12th.
    We're talking to them now.
    They very much want to do it.
    We'd like to do it.
    We are going to see what happens.
    Everybody plays games.
    You know that.
    You know that better than anybody.
    JUDY WOODRUFF: Separately, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that it is good news that
    diplomats are working to get the summit back on track.
    Later, the president touted the U.S. military buildup in his commencement address at the
    U.S. Naval Academy.
    He told the graduates, the best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war.
    Afterward, he shook hands with all of the more than 1,000 new officers.
    Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested -- arraigned, that is, in New York today on
    rape and felony sex charges involving two women.
    Accusations against him galvanized the MeToo movement last fall.
    Weinstein turned himself in this morning, and was taken to state court in Manhattan.
    A prosecutor accused him of using his money and power to violate young women.
    His lawyer said it was all consensual.
    BENJAMIN BRAFMAN, Attorney for Harvey Weinstein: Mr. Weinstein didn't invent the casting couch
    in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is
    not what this is about.
    Bad behavior is not on trial in this case.
    It's only if you intentionally committed a criminal act, and Mr. Weinstein vigorously
    denies that.
    JUDY WOODRUFF: Weinstein was released on $1 million bail.
    In all,, some 75 women have alleged that he committed sexual wrongdoing.
    We will look further at this story later in the program.
    A federal judge refused today to dismiss charges against Paul Manafort, President Trump's one-time
    campaign manager.
    He is accused of money laundering and making false statements about his work for Ukraine.
    Meanwhile, it is widely reported that the president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen,
    met with a Russian billionaire 11 days before Mr. Trump's inauguration.
    A firm tied to the Russian later paid Cohen $500,000 for consulting.
    There is word that the Trump administration has reached a deal to help Chinese telecom
    giant ZTE, at the behest of the Chinese government.
    The New York Times and others report that the company will have to pay a substantial
    fine and hire U.S. compliance officers.
    Last month, the Trump administration banned ZTE from buying U.S. technology for violating
    sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
    Iran today demanded guarantees of economic incentives promised under the 2015 nuclear
    deal.
    Otherwise, it vowed to withdraw from the agreement, as the United States has done.
    The demand came as Iranian officials met with the nations that are still in the pact.
    Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Russia, President Vladimir Putin warned that the U.S. is sowing
    instability by quitting the nuclear deal.
    VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russian President (through translator): If international agreements are
    signed and then revised every four years, it would offer zero horizon for planning.
    It will create the atmosphere of nervousness and lack of trust.
    JUDY WOODRUFF: Russia remains a party to the Iran nuclear agreement, along with Britain,
    China, France and Germany.
    President Putin also rebuffed calls today to acknowledge Russian involvement in an airline
    disaster over Ukraine.
    The Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down by a missile in 2014, killing 298 people
    on board.
    International investigators have now traced the missile to a Russian military unit.
    Syrian war monitors report that Israeli airstrikes hit a military base overnight.
    The post, south of the city of Homs, is controlled by Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters from
    Lebanon.
    There has been a series of Israeli air raids inside Syria aimed at Iran and its allies
    fighting for the Syrian regime.
    The European Union's new data privacy rules took effect today.
    They curb how companies collect and sell data, and they require users' consent.
    The fines could reach 4 percent of a company's global revenue, or $23 million, whichever
    is higher.
    A storm has formed in the Caribbean, a week before hurricane season starts.
    Alberto is off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula this evening, with sustained winds of 40 miles
    an hour.
    It is projected to reach the U.S. Gulf Coast and dump rain on Memorial Day events.
    President Trump today signed executive orders making it easier to fire federal workers for
    poor performance.
    He also called for negotiating tougher contracts with federal employee unions.
    It amounts to the biggest change to civil service protections in a generation.
    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 58 points to close at 24753.
    The Nasdaq rose nine points, and the S&P 500 slipped six.
    Still to come on the "NewsHour": a top White House official discusses the Trump agenda;
    Harvey Weinstein arrested in New York on rape charges; a historic vote in Ireland -- will
    abortion become legal?; and much more.

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