In an interview for "Axios on HBO," Donald Trump Jr. tells Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei that President Trump “getting there” on hiring the right people for his Cabinet:

  • “You have a guy that functioned as a businessman for a long time. It's an entirely new world. I think now he's figuring that out.”

The big picture: Turnover is normal in a presidential administration, but Trump's public disputes with his former top officials are not so normal. That includes Trump comments like...

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Dumb as a rock."
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis: "World's most overrated general"
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Weak... scared stiff... mixed up and confused."
  • Steve Bannon: "Sloppy man who cried like a little dog."

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2020 could decide fate of Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two new court actions — one by the Supreme Court and another by a federal judge — together highlight and raise the energy stakes of November's election.

Why it matters: The legal actions mean the results of the 2020 election could very well decide the fate of Keystone XL and Dakota Access, two projects at the heart of battles over fossil fuel infrastructure.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 11,648,268 — Total deaths: 538,828 — Total recoveries — 6,328,930Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 2,938,750 — Total deaths: 130,310 — Total recoveries: 924,148 — Total tested: 36,032,329Map.
  3. Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: Our response is becoming more polarized.
  4. Business: Rising cases pause U.S. economic recovery — Hospitals, doctors are major recipients of PPP loans.

Pompeo: Trump administration is "looking at" TikTok ban

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday that the Trump administration is "looking at" a ban on Chinese social media app TikTok.

Why it matters: Lawmakers have long expressed fears that the Chinese government could use TikTok to harvest reams of data from Americans — and actions against the app have recently accelerated worldwide, highlighted by India's ban.