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Chuck Kennedy

Kellyanne Conway told Mike Allen this morning that Trump "has confidence in the people who work for him" when asked if POTUS still believes in his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who allegedly offered to resign over tensions with Trump. Follow along for live updates from our Axios News Shapers event in DC.

  • On whether Trump needs to assert primacy over his colleagues: "I disagree with that premise completely...all of those people who you said are in the dog house…are still in this moment at the White House." Go deeper here in our guide to Trump's doghouse.
  • On the Russia investigation: Trump "sees that there's nothing there…if you look at everything that's been said and done we're back to where we were at the beginning…if this, if that…doesn't seem to be very responsible to me…You can do almost any storyline with if, if, if, if, if."
  • On how the White House has gotten into a negative news cycle about Russia: "That's exactly what you've been reading and hearing, you're basically repeating what you've been told all along. That doesn't change any fact. The investigations are about facts and sworn testimony is about facts."
  • On whether Trump will live-tweet former FBI James Comey's testimony tomorrow: "He will make his own decisions…oh the tweeting men in my life," referencing when her husband tweeted earlier this week that POTUS might be risking his travel ban's stance before the Supreme Court by tweeting.
  • Trump "goes at a break-neck pace. You really have to focus on the agenda, he really tries to get so many things done."
  • On press briefings: "A lot of preparation goes into that."
  • On low polling numbers: "Voters don't ask who can win they ask who can lead. When [candidates] become the President…they don't ask do I approve or disapprove? They ask…are you getting things done that matter to me?"
  • On why she's not in Ohio today: "I have some other meetings today."
  • 1 fun thing: "George, my son…he's a history buff. Unless it's assigned as homework."

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Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden has arrived at the White House and he will sign executive orders and other presidential actions.

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Podcast: After the Biden inaugural

Joe Biden was sworn in today as America's 46th president in an inauguration unlike any other in modern history.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into the speech, the atmosphere and what it all tells us about the incoming administration, with Axios political reporters Hans Nichols and Alexi McCammond.

Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.