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McMaster behind the podium at a White House briefing. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster previewed President Trump's 10-day Asia trip Thursday. Trump will tell Asian leaders that North Korea's "pursuit of nuclear weapons is a dead end."

Trump has 3 objectives for his trip to Asia: to call for the denuclearization of North Korea, to advocate for fair trade relationships, to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region, McMaster said.

  • Trump has made 43 calls to Info-Pacific leaders since taking office.
  • "It's in China's interest" to make sure the Korean peninsula is denuclearized.
  • Will Trump use "fire and fury" rhetoric? "The president will use whatever language he wants to use ... I don't think the president really modulates his language. Have you noticed him do that?"
  • Will Trump put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism? That's "under consideration."
  • Will Trump condemn authoritarian leaders abroad? "How much does it help to yell about these problems?" The president is "quietly" advancing human rights around the world.

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Franklin Graham worries Trump too old to run in 2024

Graham and Trump at a rally in 2017. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

The Rev. Franklin Graham says a potential 2024 presidential bid by Donald Trump would "be a very tough thing to do," the prominent Christian leader told "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, was among Trump's earliest and most prominent evangelical defenders.

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Franklin Graham would help Biden persuade evangelicals on vaccines

The Rev. Franklin Graham would be happy to work with the Biden administration on encouraging evangelicals to get COVID vaccines, he told "Axios on HBO."

  • "I would work with the Biden administration. I would work with the CDC. I would work with all of 'em to try to help save life," he told Axios' Mike Allen.

Why it matters: Evangelicals have expressed high levels of vaccine hesitancy.

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Most of Congress silent on Israeli-Palestinian fighting

A Palestinian boy mourns an airstrike victim on Sunday. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

The pitched criticism by conservatives over progressive outrage about the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians overshadows a larger silence by the vast majority of Congress.

Why it matters: In the largely permissive environment, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ratcheting up its military engagement in Gaza. The death toll is rising, and a spectacular weekend attack leveled a building housing the Associated Press and other outside media.