Jun 7, 2018

Boris Johnson’s candid view: There’s a method to Trump’s madness

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In a leaked recording from a closed-door dinner, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed President Trump, Russia, China, and more, BuzzFeed reports.

One key quote: "I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump. I have become more and more convinced that there is a method in his madness." Johnson also said: "Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard… There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought.”

What he said, per BuzzFeed:

  • On Russia: "[Prime Minister Theresa May] will be putting forward a British plan that will have global support to set up a rapid response unit to identify Russian malfeasance...One of the problems is Russia is so good at spreading violence. They're brilliant at it. We need to identify it and call it out."
  • On China: "We need to engage with China diplomatically...but also recognize that they are our commercial rivals. And they will try to stiff us. ... The Americans have run the tech world for decades...The Chinese are about to win. They've got 5G. They've found a way. Everybody's going to be getting stuff on their gizmos through the Chinese system and not the American system."
  • On Brexit: "I think it will be irreversible...The risk is that it will not be the one we want. ... I will be prepared to compromise over time, but I will not compromise over the destination."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 691,867 — Total deaths: 32,988 — Total recoveries: 146,613.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 125,433 — Total deaths: 2,201 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: The first federal prisoner to die from coronavirus was reported from a correctional facility in Louisiana on Sunday.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "really panicked" people
  6. World updates: Italy reported 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reported almost 840 dead, another new daily record, bringing its total to over 6,500.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday that President Donald Trump's unexpected Saturday announcement of a possible "short-term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to curb the spread of the coronavirus "really panicked people."

Why it matters: Though Trump ruled out the mandatory quarantine later that day, Cuomo said people still called "all night long" asking about the comments and many likely fled the New York area — possibly spreading the virus further.

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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN Sunday that models suggest COVID-19 will infect millions of Americans and could kill 100,000–200,000, though he stressed that the projections are "such a moving target."

The big picture: With more than 121,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, reported influxes of cases on Saturday.

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