Right off the bat Spicer touched on the hot topic of the day: Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. "It was an unbelievable phenomenal evening," said Spicer. He said Gorsuch's first call after being announced was to Merrick Garland, who said Gorsuch has the right to a speedy confirmation process. Other takeaways:

  • Spicer got somber when asked about the weekend strike in Yemen — "It's hard to say something was a success 100% when you lose a life." But what the U.S. got out of that mission, "I truly believe and I know the president believes it's going to save lives."
  • Michael Flynn: Trump's National Security Advisor made a surprise appearance at Spicer's daily press briefing to say the administration is putting Iran on notice after its recent ballistic missile test.
  • How to get Chuck Schumer on board with Gorsuch: "Look at the support that's already come out... across the spectrum." Spicer said the real question should be directed to Schumer: "Why are you obstructing government at every step of the way?"
  • Why not take extreme vetting to Congress? Spicer said what Trump can do by executive action, he will.
  • Zero concerns about Besty Devos: "I am 100% sure" she will be confirmed for Secretary of Education.
  • Travel ban: Spicer said that Trump has been "very clear" that his goal is about security and preventing "radicalization" — not targeting any religion. He also noted that green card residents are once more permitted free travel.

One fun thing: The first Skype question — ever — went to Kim Kalunian from WPRI Rhode Island. Spicer also called on the other three Skype representatives: Natalie Herbec from Fox8 in Ohio; Lars Larson from "The Lars Larson Show" in Oregon (who referred to Spicer as "Commander Spicer"); and Jeff Jobe, publisher of six weekly community newspapers in South Central Kentucky.

Go deeper

Voters visit polls in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington

Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

Primary elections on Tuesday in fives states see crowded fields of both Republicans and Democrats hoping to make the ballot in 2020.

What to watch: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is "fighting for her political life" in a tight primary race against Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who Tlaib beat by 900 votes in 2018, The New York Times writes. Senate Republicans are also watching the primary race in Kansas to see who could replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 18,387,725 — Total deaths: 696,586 — Total recoveries — 10,976,180Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 4,758,028 — Total deaths: 156,426 — Total recoveries: 1,513,446 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
  6. Sports: Indy 500 to be held without fansRafael Nadal opts out of U.S. Open.
Updated 2 hours ago - World

At least 50 killed, 3,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

Photo: Anwar Amro/AFP via Getty Images

A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: Lebanon's health minister said in televised remarks that more than 50 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years, per NBC.