Aug 24, 2017

Sanders: Trump is committed to raising the debt ceiling

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After a three week hiatus, Sarah Sanders was back at the podium briefing reporters Thursday. Asked about whether the White House is confident they'll raise the debt ceiling by the end of September, Sanders said the administration is "committed to making sure that gets raised," and added that Trump prefers a "clean" increase rather than having agenda items tied to it.

  • Will Trump shut down the government to fund the border wall? "[Trump] campaigned on the wall... and he's going to make sure that gets done." She later dodged questions on his earlier promise that Mexico would pay for it.
  • Trump's relationships with GOP leadership: "I think the relationships are fine."
  • On GOP Sen. Corker questioning whether Trump is fit for the WH: "I think that's a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn't dignify a response from this podium."
  • Afghanistan strategy: "[Trump's] strategy is based on conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables."
  • Timeline for pardoning Arpaio: "When we have an announcement on what that decision is, we'll let you know."
  • On dealing with Hurricane Harvey without a full-time DHS secretary: "There's certainly someone at the helm... We are in great shape having General Kelly sit next to the president."

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World coronavirus updates: Spain tracks more cases than Italy

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Spain overtook Italy in its number of novel coronavirus cases on Saturday. The global death toll has surpassed 64,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: Dubai announced 24/7 sterilization efforts during a two-week lockdown, starting Saturday. About half the planet's population is on lockdown in response to the outbreak.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll surpasses 8,400

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 8,400 in the U.S. on Saturday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day for the past four days, since April 1.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday America's is facing its "toughest week, between this week and next week." Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the U.S. should expect to see deaths continue to rise in this period.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 1,197,405 — Total deaths: 64,606 — Total recoveries: 246,152Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 308,850 — Total deaths: 8,407 — Total recoveries: 14,652Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. The virus is hitting poor, minority communities harder and upending childbirth.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August."
  5. Business updates: Restaurants step up for health care workers. Employees are pressuring companies to provide protections during coronavirus.
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Education update: Many college-age students won't get coronavirus relief checks.
  8. 1 🏀 thing: The WNBA postpones start of training camps and season.
  9. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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