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Mnuchin: Trump's attacks on journalists, Dems are 'campaign rally issues'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that President Trump's verbal attacks against Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, as well as journalists like Todd, should be set aside as "campaign rally issues."

  • Mnuchin: I think you should be focused on the policies. He is using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally. Obviously, there were a lot of funny moments at that rally."
  • Todd, who Trump called "a sleeping son of a bitch" at Saturday's rally: "Yeah ... they were hilarious."
Jonathan Swan 6 hours ago
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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

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John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.

Erica Pandey 7 hours ago
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How China became a global power of espionage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."