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President Donald Trump met with a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, as he hailed the strong jobs report and attacked Canada over trade.

RARE MEETING WITH NORTH KOREAN

Trump met with Gen. Kim Yong Chol, one of the North Korean leader’s top lieutenants, at the White House. Washington and Pyongyang are continuing to discuss a possible leaders’ summit, and the general was expected to deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump. The letter reportedly expresses interest in a summit but doesn’t make significant concessions.

Reuters

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol walks with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as he arrives to deliver a letter to President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday.

ADVANCE JOBS TWEET MAY HAVE BROKEN RULES

Trump applauded the May jobs report while speaking to the U.S. Coast Guard’s change-of-command ceremony in Washington, hailing in particular the drop in the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8%.

Trump may have violated federal rules that bar officials from commenting on data ahead of its release. The president tweeted at 7:21 a.m. Eastern that he was “looking forward to seeing the employment numbers” at 8:30 a.m. A rule issued in 1985 governs commenting on such data — but a top White House official said routine was followed.

Appearing on CNBC, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said he’d called the president Thursday night with the figures. “I don’t think he gave anything away,” Kudlow said. “I think this is all according to routine.”

Read: Trump’s jobs report tweet in advance of release appears to have violated federal rules.

U.S. stocks DJIA, +0.74%   traded strongly higher following the release of the report, which showed 223,000 new jobs created in May.

ATTACK ON CANADA

A day after announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other allies, Trump said that country had treated American farmers and U.S. agricultural businesses “very poorly for a very long period of time.” He suggested, without elaboration, “do Timber & Lumber in U.S.?”

The U.S. did impose tariffs on Canadian lumber.

Trump also said Canada reports a “really high surplus on trade” with the U.S.

The U.S. government’s figures show that America runs trade surpluses with Canada for three straight years from 2015 to 2017. Canada’s own data, ironically, is more supportive of the president’s position.

See: Trump is wrong about the U.S. having a trade deficit with Canada. Here’s the facts.

BEE ‘DOUBLE STANDARD’

Trump went after Bee on Twitter, questioning why the “Full Frontal” comedian wasn’t being fired after calling his daughter Ivanka by a female bodypart Bee and network TBS, a unit of Time Warner TWX, -0.33%  , have apologized.

Trump said there was a “double standard” at work, in a reference to ABC’s canceling ‘Roseanne’ after its star Roseanne Barr attacked an Obama adviser with a racist tweet. Barr is a Trump supporter, and Trump has prodded Disney DIS, -0.24%   CEO Bob Iger for an apology for what the president called “horrible” statements made about him on Disney-owned ABC.

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