America First Policies has named Brian O. Walsh, a partner at RedPrint Strategy and former president of the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, as its new president.

Walsh told Axios he was "honored to have the opportunity" to work with the group to have a "strong presence in the policy debate" on administration priorities such as tax and health care reform. Politico's Alex Isenstadt had it first.

Walsh will join former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, who departed the Trump administration late last month to give "badly needed air cover for the President's agenda."

Background: America First Policies is led by longtime figures like former Pence advisers Nick Ayers (chairman of the board) and Marty Obst, in addition to Trumpworld figures Brad Parscale and Katrina Pierson. David Bossie and Rick Gates, the other founders of the group, have already departed.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.