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Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a speech Wednesday that America "was never that great," the New York Times reports — a remark aimed at President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Why it matters: Cuomo had been on some lists of possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Marcus Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, packaged the clip and said Cuomo "owes the nation an apology." Press secretary Dani Lever clarified his jab in a statement, saying that while the country has always been great, the slogan ignores "the pain so many endured."

The president took to Twitter late Wednesday to respond to Cuomo's claim.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the president's latest response.

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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