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Republican members of the House and Senate stand behind President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump had a June meeting in the Oval Office to rant to top advisers about what he perceived to be high numbers of foreigners who had been let into the country despite his infamous travel ban, according to a new report by the New York Times. Trump called it a mockery of his tough-on-immigration campaign promises.

Key quotes: Trump called Afghanistan a terrorist haven, claimed that the 15,000 Haitians who had travelled to the U.S. "all have AIDS," and said that the 40,000 Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the U.S., officials who had been in the room told Times reporters NYT's Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

Then-DHS Secretary John Kelly and policy adviser Stephen Miller blamed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for the many travelers being let into the U.S. Tillerson grew frustrated and suggested he stop issuing visas altogether, sources told the Times.

White House response: Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Times, "General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims. It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous 'sources' anyway." Officials denied to the Times that Trump used the terms "AIDS" and "huts" during the meeting.

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Yes, but: The vaccine was as effective against the strain from U.K., but saw a six-fold reduction in antibodies against the South Africa variant. Even still, the neutralizing antibodies generated by the vaccine "remain above levels that are expected to be protective," according to the company.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that a "new cold war" could turn hot, and must be avoided, in a speech on Monday at World Economic Forum’s virtual “Davos Agenda” conference.

Why it matters: Xi didn't refer directly to U.S.-China tensions, but the subtext was clear. These were his first remarks to an international audience since the inauguration of President Biden, whose administration has already concurred with Donald Trump's determination that China is committing "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims, and issued a warning about China's aggression toward Taiwan.

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Why it matters: Giuliani led former President Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election and spread the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines flipped votes from Trump to Joe Biden.