Jun 7, 2017

Kellyanne Conway: Trump "sees nothing there" in Russia allegations

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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In photos: People around the world rally against racism

Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.

George Floyd updates

Protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.