Sanders takes questions after briefing reporters at the White House. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sen. Jeff Flake's decision not to run for re-election is "probably a good move," and that Sen. Bob Corker is "to get a headline or two on his way out the door." She referred to both men as "petty," and said they were "grandstanding."

  • On conflicts with GOP senators: "We hope that [Corker] will be supportive of the tax cuts ... that the people in his state have demanded." Sanders added that it was "my understanding" that Corker asked for the Secretary of State job, and "allowed [the Iran deal] to happen." She also said Flake's retirement speech, in which he attacked Trump, "was not befitting of the Senate floor."

More from Sanders

  • On Kelly's mischaracterization of Rep. Wilson's words: Kelly does not "have anything to correct or apologize for."
  • On Trump's fed chair pick: Trump will announce "soon."
  • On Trump's use of Twitter: He can speak directly to the American people "without any filter, without any bias."
  • On House investigation into Obama administration's sale of U.S. uranium to Russians: "I think it's a step in the right direction."

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What to watch: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is "fighting for her political life" in a tight primary race against Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who Tlaib beat by 900 votes in 2018, The New York Times writes. Senate Republicans are also watching the primary race in Kansas to see who could replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: Lebanon's health minister said in televised remarks that more than 50 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years, per NBC.