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Ellen Weintraub, the chair of the Federal Election Commission, said on CNN Monday that "there is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or really in any previous election," despite President Trump's claims.

Why it matters: Weintraub stressed such statements from the president can cause "people to lose faith" and "to question the results."

Driving the news: During a rally in New Hampshire last week, Trump claimed he would have won the state in the 2016 if it weren't for voter fraud.

  • Weintraub sent a letter to Trump on Friday and asked the president "to provide any evidence" that could prove those statements. "To put it in terms a former casino operator should understand: There comes a time when you need to lay your cards on the table or fold," she wrote.
  • She told CNN that the White House has yet to respond.
The exchange:
WEINTRAUB: "Facts matter. And people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them." ...
CNN'S JOHN BERMAN: "Has the White House ever — and I mean including the commission chaired by Mike Pence — produced any evidence and handed over to you, the Federal Election Commission, of fraud in New Hampshire or California or other places in 2016?"
WEINTRAUB: "No. I'm not aware of them handing any evidence over to the local law enforcement authorities who would have jurisdiction over what happened in their own states. In fact, I've heard from folks at the state and local level who were offended by this. They thought it was insulting to the way they ran their elections in each and every state to suggest that they would allow this kind of rampant voter fraud to go on. ... To put out information that has no proof, has no evidence behind it, ... it's damaging to our democracy."
BERMAN: "How?"
WEINTRAUB: "It causes people to lose faith. It causes people to question the results. We have some threats to our democracy right now. ... To be suggesting to people that if the candidate that they don't like — if the candidate they choose doesn't win, that it's because of fraud, that undermines our democracy. It undermines people's faith. Once that faith is broken, it is very hard to build up again."

Go deeper: Trump cites misleading Texas statistics in voter fraud claim

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Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order, per the White House.

Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week and will resume working with senior U.S. officials.

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Scoop: U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran "plan B"

Bennett and Biden. Photo: Sarahbeth Maney/Pool/Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “plan B” if nuclear talks are not resumed, two senior Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time a top-secret U.S.-Israel strategic working group on Iran has convened since the new Israeli government took office in June.

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Scoop: Jake Sullivan plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE next week

Sullivan. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan is planning to travel to the Middle East next week, including a stop in Saudi Arabia. He would be the most senior Biden administration official to visit the kingdom.

Why it matters: Sullivan's first trip to the region since taking office is expected to include stops in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, sources briefed on the plans tell Axios. All three countries are longtime U.S. partners who have faced some early tensions with Biden.