Trump Today: Trump Today: President sees ‘possible progress’ with North Korea but says it could be ‘false hope’

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President Donald Trump cited what he called “possible progress” with North Korea on Tuesday, as he chided Democrats on immigration and suggested a forthcoming staff shake-up in his administration.

‘A SERIOUS EFFORT’

Trump made the North Korea comment after that country and South Korea reportedly agreed to hold their first summit in more than a decade in late April. The South Korean government also said North Korea agreed to halt nuclear weapons tests if it holds talks with the U.S. on denuclearization. U.S. stocks DJIA, +0.06%   opened higher on the news.

In a tweet, Trump said the prospect of improving relations “may be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!” He later told reporters, “hopefully we’ll go in the very, very peaceful, beautiful path.”

Read: U.S. stocks open higher as prospect of Korean Peninsula détente soothes investors.

‘A DEAL CAN BE MADE’ ON DACA, TRUMP SAYS

As courts keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place, Trump accused Democrats of “total inaction” on the issue and said he’s ready to make a deal. Monday marked the deadline Trump had set for Congress to come up with a solution to replace the program, which protects undocumented immigrants from deportation. In September, the president said he was ending DACA but gave Congress six months to approve a fix. Democrats say Trump created the impasse over the program by ordering its end, but he has blamed them for lack of progress.

Read: Supreme Court won’t hear Trump appeal on DACA ruling.

TRUMP SUGGESTS STAFF CHANGES

In another tweet, Trump said “the new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong!” He went on to say he has “some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!”

Trump did not name any names of people he was thinking of replacing. Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who angered the president with his decision to recuse himself from the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump Today: President says senators fear the NRA, criticizes Sessions again.

Reuters

President Donald Trump meets with Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER AND OSCAR RATINGS

Trump welcomed Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for a meeting the White House said would focus on trade and investment as well as shared defense goals. Sweden reportedly plans to build more bunkers amid fears of Russian aggression.

Trump also tweeted about Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, whose ratings hit a record low. “Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore — except your President (just kidding, of course)!”