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President Trump meets with Governor Ricardo Rossello at the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló met with President Trump at the White House Thursday to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts on the island. Trump lauded the federal response in Puerto Rico, saying he gives the White House a 10/10 rating on its handling of the storm.

Rosselló was less triumphant, acknowledging that while he appreciates the aid that has been sent to the island so far, "we still need to do a lot for the people of Puerto Rico...It's not over by a long-shot." Note that one month after Hurricane Maria first made landfall in PR, 78% of the island is still without power, 28% of residents don't have potable drinking water, and 12% of grocery stores are still closed.

More from their meeting:

  • Trump to Rosselló: "Did we do a great job?" Rosselló replied: "You responded immediately, sir... you have been clear that no U.S. citizen will be left behind."
  • Trump on resources for Puerto Rico: "At some point, FEMA has to leave, first responders have to leave and the people have to take over."
  • Should PR become a U.S. state? "You'll get me into trouble with that one," Trump said to the reporter.
  • Trump on Alexander-Murray health bill: "I love" that senators are working on health care. "We will probably like a very short-term solution until we hit the block grants... If they can do something like that, I'm open to it."
  • Trump on Russia Uranium deal that he tweeted about this AM: "The problem is the mainstream media does not want to cover that story, because that affects people that they protect... That's your real Russia story." Axios covered this story his morning.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

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Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.