Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Thursday that Robert Mueller was at the White House interviewing for FBI director the day before he was named as special counsel in the Russia probe. She also stated that she "believes" President Trump has confidence in Mueller, even after reports that he is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

  • Has anyone in the WH received document requests from Mueller? "Not that I'm aware of," said Sanders.
  • Who are the "bad and conflicted people" in Trump's tweet? Sanders said to refer to Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz. When pressed on why she couldn't answer, Sanders said, "because I'm not the president."
  • Sanctions bill against Russia: "The administration is committed to existing sanctions against Russia," said Sanders, not committing to signing new sanctions and adding that the WH is "still reviewing" the bill.
  • $12 billion Qatari arms deal Sanders says it was "years in the making and is a tangible show of support for our defense relationship."
  • Trump Cuba speech: Sanders confirmed Trump will make an announcement on US-Cuba policy while in Miami tomorrow.
  • Congressional baseball game: Sanders said several members of the Trump administration will attend tonight's game following yesterday's shooting.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Fear of voting

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to worry about in-person voting — with nearly two in three seeing it as a large or moderate risk to their health — according to this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: This could pose a significant disadvantage for Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates in November if the pattern holds — especially in states where high infection rates persist, or where there are significant hurdles to mail-in, absentee or early voting.

Trump: Coronavirus is "under control"

President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths.

  • “They are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague,” he told Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 18,295,434 — Total deaths: 694,233 — Total recoveries — 10,926,704Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 4,717,716 — Total deaths: 155,471 — Total recoveries: 1,513,446 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. Education — Fauci: Schools can reopen with safeguards, but those in virus hot spots should remain closed
  4. Politics: White House will require staff to undergo randomized testing — Pelosi says Birx "enabled" Trump on misinformation.
  5. Sports: 13 members of St. Louis Cardinals test positive, prompting MLB to cancel Tigers series — Former FDA chief says MLB outbreaks should be warning sign.
  6. 1 🎥 thing: "Tenet" may be the first major film to get a global pandemic release.