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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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Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

Trump dons face mask during Walter Reed visit

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President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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