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Spicer attempted to clear up the confusion regarding the direction of the USS Carl Vinson, stating that the administration was correct in saying an armada was heading to the Korean peninsula because "it's headed there now." He later added, "I'm not the one who commented on timing."

One fun thing: New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski poked his head into the briefing ahead of the team's meeting with Trump, and asked Spicer (a big fan) if he needed any help. "I got this," Spicer laughed, later adding, "That was cool."

  • Palestinian Authority President's WH visit: Trump will welcome Mahmoud Abbas to the White House May 3.
  • Georgia Special Election: Democrats' "goal was to get over 50%. They came up short." said Spicer. "This was a big loss for them. They went all in on it."
  • Will Trump visit Pope Francis during Italy trip? Spicer said the administration is reaching out to the Vatican, but no meeting has been confirmed. "Obviously we would be honored," he added.
  • On whether corporate donations to the inauguration raises conflicts: Corporate donations are "a nonpartisan activity" and "a time-honored tradition," said Spicer. "There's disclosure on this for a reason so that you know what's happening."
  • Trump presser: Trump will hold a press conference next Thursday on progress for veterans.

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Arrest over letter to Trump containing poison ricin

President Trump returning to the White House from Minnesota on Sept. 18. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A suspect was arrested for allegedly "sending a suspicious letter" after law enforcement agents intercepted an envelope addressed to President Trump containing the poison ricin, the FBI confirmed in an emailed statement to Axios Sunday.

Details: The suspect, a woman, was arrested while trying to enter New York from Canada, law enforcement forces said.

Trump campaign goes all in on Pennsylvania

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The president's campaign is placing more importance on Pennsylvania amid growing concern that his chances of clinching Wisconsin are slipping, Trump campaign sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, twice Wisconsin's number, actually has been trending higher in recent public and internal polling, a welcome development for the campaign.