Jun 30, 2017

Sanders: "Trump hasn't changed his mind on health care"

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Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders opened Friday's off-camera briefing with a patriotic joke: "In honor of the Fourth of July, let's try to save all our fireworks for Tuesday."

  • On Trump's health care tweet: "The president hasn't changed his thinking at all... We're looking at every possible option for repealing and replacing ObamaCare."
  • On Medicaid cuts: "The priority is to protect everyone who is covered now, not throw anyone off."
  • Easy access to guns in Chicago: Crime in Chicago "is probably driven by morality more than anything else."
  • On steel tariffs: "No, at this point the president has not made a final decision."
  • EO on Space Council: Sanders closed the briefing early so she could attend Trump's signing of a space council executive order.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Countries where novel coronavirus cases are falling may be hit with a "second peak" if they relax restrictions too soon, World Health Organization emergencies chief Mike Ryan warned during a briefing Monday. "We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up," he added.

By the numbers: Brazil on Monday recorded for the first time more deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day than the United States, Reuters notes. Brazil reported 807 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to 620 in the U.S. for the same period.

Palantir CEO reflects on work with ICE

Palantir CEO Alex Karp told "Axios on HBO" that there have "absolutely" been moments he wished the company hadn't taken a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • "Did I suffer? ... I've had some of my favorite employees leave," Karp told "Axios on HBO."

Michigan governor won't apologize for coronavirus lockdown

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the strictness of her state's coronavirus lockdown in an interview with "Axios on HBO," saying it was necessary — despite the protests that have drawn national attention — because of how quickly the state's cases were rising.

The big picture: Whitmer, who has been a frequent target of President Trump, insisted that she had to act in the face of a lack of federal leadership — and that thousands more people in her state would have died without the lockdown.