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Susan Walsh / AP

President Trump kicked off his joint press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II by condemning the chemical weapons attack in Syria, and stating that such a "heinous act cannot be tolerated." He added, "my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much," but wouldn't say if he would consider military action. Other takeaways:

President Trump:

  • Obama's "blank threat" over chemical weapons in Syria: "It set us back a long ways," said Trump, but acknowledged that he bears the responsibly now. Added that the attack "crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children... that crosses many, many lines beyond a red line."
  • Fighting ISIS: "This will be a shorter fight than people are thinking... we will destroy ISIS, and we will protect civilization."
  • Peace in Middle East: Trump said that the king will help him, "at the highest level" to achieve peace, "including peace between the Israelis and Palestinians."
  • Iran Deal: "I will do what I have to do with respect to the Iran deal."

King Abdullah

  • On Trump's efforts in the Middle East: "We will support you in all of your policies... your message to all of us is a message of hope." He also noted that he believes Trump "has his instincts in the right place."
  • Refugees: Abdullah acknowledged the "tremendous burden" of refugees on Jordan, but said he appreciates how the U.S. has helped.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.