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Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump defended his daughter Ivanka today following a Washington Post report that she used a personal account to send hundreds of emails to White House aides in a potential violation of federal records rules.

"They weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren't deleted like Hillary Clinton, who deleted 33,000. She wasn't doing anything to hide her emails."
— Trump to reporters before departing for Mar-a-Lago

Trump also defended his decision to issue a statement of support for Saudi Arabia despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khoshoggi. “We're not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars of orders,” he said.

  • Despite boasting of lucrative deals with Saudis in the past, Trump said he had no personal interest in Saudi Arabia: “I don't get money from Saudi Arabia. ... I couldn't care less. They buy hundreds of billions of dollars of things from this country. ... They will get the military equipment and other things from Russia and China."

Trump said that he could "easily" get around the new restraining order imposed on his asylum ban by a federal court.

  • He said he would be filing a "major complaint," and went on to criticize left-leaning courts who have held up many of his efforts to cut back on immigration.
  • "People should not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit and file their case," he said.

More from his remarks ...

  • Mueller's questions: Trump confirmed that he has finished answering Special Counsel Robert Mueller's questions, and that his written answers are in the hands of his lawyers.
  • He predicted that Cindy Hyde-Smith would win the Mississippi Senate runoff against Mike Espy, saying that her comment about going to a public hanging was a joke and that she "feels bad" about it.
  • War zone: Trump was asked if he was afraid to go to a war zone such as Afghanistan, according to the pool report, to which he replied, “No, I'm going to a war zone.”
  • Person of the Year: When asked who he thought we get Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" title, Trump said, "I've been there before. I can't imagine anybody else other than Trump. Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?”

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Biden's blinking red lights: Taiwan, Ukraine and Iran

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Russia is menacing Ukraine’s borders, China is sending increasingly ominous signals over Taiwan and Iran is accelerating its uranium enrichment to unprecedented levels.

The big picture: Ukraine, Taiwan and Iran’s nuclear program always loomed large on the menu of potential crises President Biden could face. But over the last several days, the lights have been blinking red on all three fronts all at once.

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Skripal poisoning suspects linked to Czech blast, as country expels 18 Russians

Combined images released by British police in 2018 of Alexander Petrov (L) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are suspected of carrying out an attack in the in the southern English city of Salisbury using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, and also the2014 Czech depot explosion. Photo: Metropolitan Police via Getty Images

Czech police on Saturday connected two Russian men suspected of carrying out a poisoning attack in Salisbury, England, with a deadly ammunition depot explosion southeast of the capital, Prague, per Reuters.

Driving the news: Czech officials announced Saturday they're expelling 18 Russian diplomats they accuse of being involved in the blast in Vrbětice, AP notes. Czech police said later they're searching for two men carrying several passports — including two with the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Indianapolis mass shooting suspect legally bought 2 guns, police say

Marion County Forensic Services vehicles are parked at the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images

The suspected gunman in this week's mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased two "assault rifles" believed to have been used in the attack, police said late Saturday.

Of note: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's statement that Brandon Scott Hole, 19, bought the rifles last July and September comes a day after the FBI told news outlets that a "shotgun was seized" from the suspect in March 2020 after his mother raised concerns about his mental health.