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Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint press conference at Chequers on July 13, 2018. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Speaking at a joint press conference Friday, President Trump insisted that he did not criticize British Prime Minister Theresa May in his interview with The Sun and accused the British tabloid of being "fake news," despite the interview being on tape.

"“I didn’t criticize the prime minister. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister and unfortunately there was a story that was done which was generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister... And I said tremendous things... they didn't put it in the headline, I wish they put that in the headline. And she's a total professional, because when I saw her this morning, I said, 'I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.' She said, 'Don't worry, it's only the press.'"
— President Trump

Between the lines... The bullet points the Sun published from their interview:

  • "Accused EU leaders of destroying its culture and identity by allowing in millions of migrants"
  • "Tore into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not standing up to terrorists"
  • "Blamed Khan for spiralling crime in the capital"
  • "Insisted former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make “a great Prime Minister”.
  • "Denied once branding Theresa May a 'bossy schoolteacher'”
  • "Maintained he would keep ties with Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin despite the Salisbury Novichok poisonings"
  • "Demanded Britain and other Nato countries spend more on defence"
  • "Spoke of his sadness at feeling unwelcome in the capital by anti-Trump protesters"
  • "Claimed millions of Brits backed his policies"
  • "Told of his pride at taking wife Melania to meet the Queen"

Go deeper: Listen to audio from his interview at The Sun

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CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate

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The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is "mostly settled" and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: A price tag of $500 billion to $555 billion is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. It also isn't far off from the roughly $600 billion proposed when the bill was expected to cost $3.5 trillion.

3 hours ago - World

U.S. presses Gulf countries to help resolve Sudan coup crisis

Jake Sullivan briefs the press. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Biden administration has asked its partners in the Gulf and elsewhere to press the Sudanese generals who carried out a coup on Monday to release captives including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and to reinstate the civilian government, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. has limited influence over coup leader Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and other military leaders, many of whom have close ties to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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