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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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36 mins ago - Health

CDC prepares tougher testing rules for international travelers

Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that it is working to impose stricter testing requirements for international travelers due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The big picture: The new rules would require all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to show a negative test taken a day before their flight to the U.S. Currently, the CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to show a test taken no more than three days before their departure, AP reports.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.