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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows continued his criticism of FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday, but he said President Trump still has confidence in him as of this moment.

What's he's saying: "The minute that the president loses confidence in any of his Cabinet members — they serve at his pleasure — he will certainly look at replacing them," Meadows told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

  • "There are different degrees of confidence in different Cabinet members and certainly he’s still there," Meadows said.

Background: Earlier this week, Meadows dismissed Wray’s testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail.

  • "With all due respect to Director Wray, he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI," Meadows said on Friday. "Perhaps he needs to get involved on the ground and then he would change his testimony on Capitol Hill."

The big picture: Meadows' criticism of Wray's testimony on questions of voter fraud highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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Biden names Bruce Reed as deputy chief of staff

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Joe Biden's transition team today named six new White House hires, including Bruce Reed, the president-elect's long-time confidant, to serve as deputy chief of staff.

Why it matters: Biden has found a high-profile spot for Reed, who served as one of his vice presidential chiefs of staff, as he navigates increasing challenging diversity concerns while building his Cabinet and West Wing team.

OIG: HHS misused millions of dollars intended for public health threats

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The U.S. Office of Special Counsel alerted the White House and Congress on Wednesday of an investigation that found the Department of Health and Human Services misused millions of dollars that were budgeted for vaccine research and public health emergencies for Ebola, Zika and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why it matters: The more than 200-page investigation corroborated claims from a whistleblower, showing the agency's violation of the Purpose Statute spanned both the Obama and Trump administrations and paid for unrelated projects like salaries, news subscriptions and the removal of office furniture.

John Kerry: U.S.-China climate cooperation is a "critical standalone issue"

President Biden's special climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. must deal with China on climate change as a "critical standalone issue," but stressed that confronting Beijing's human rights and trade abuses "will never be traded" for climate cooperation.

Why it matters: The last few years have brought about a bipartisan consensus on the threat posed by China. But as the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, China will be a vital player if the world is going to come close to reining in emissions on the scale needed to meet the Paris Agreement goals of limiting warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels.