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Screenshot: Fox & Friends/Fox News

During an exclusive interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" this morning, President Trump addressed North Korean denuclearization, saying that he’d be open to the idea of a more gradual process: “We are going to see. I would like to have it done immediately. Physically, a phase-in may be a little bit necessary. It would have to be a rapid phase-in.”

And now for something completely different: Trump also said that he approved of the NFL's decision to require players on the field to stand for the national anthem, adding that those who don't "maybe...shouldn’t be in the country."

  • His full NFL quote: "I think that’s good, I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms … You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there — maybe you shouldn’t be in the country … The NFL owners did the right thing if that’s what they’ve done."
A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

More from the interview:

  • On an immigration deal: "I think it’s time to get the whole package, it’s not such a big deal, Brian. It’s time to get the whole package."
  • On James Comey: "I think a thing that I’ve done for the country — the firing of James Comey — is going to go down as a very good thing."

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White House nominates Rick Spinrad as NOAA leader

In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, a Cat. 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on September 2, 2019. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

The White House on Thursday evening nominated Rick Spinrad, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Why it matters: Filling the NOAA slot would complete the Biden administration's leadership on the climate and environment team. The agency, located within the Commerce Department, houses the National Weather Service and conducts much of the nation's climate science research.

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Israeli officials will object to restoration of Iran deal in D.C. visit

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for strategic talks on Iran to stress their objection to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to refuse to discuss its contents, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: That position is similar to the one Israel took in the year before the 2015 nuclear deal was announced, which led to a rift between the Israeli government and the Obama administration. History could now repeat itself.

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  2. Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson's vaccine production problems look even bigger — All U.S. adults now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.
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