Feb 18, 2017

National Security Council aide fired after criticizing Trump

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Politico's Eliana Johnson reports that the White House has dismissed Craig Deare, the National Security Council's senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, after he tore into President Trump and his senior advisors at a private roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, one of the nation's most highly-respected think tanks.

Deare's most specific complaint: A lack of access to the president for senior national security advisors.

And don't forget: This just adds to the NSC's problems, as it remains leaderless following last week's firing of national security advisor Michael Flynn.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

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