Feb 13, 2018

White House stands by Porter timeline

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In a briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the investigation of former White House staffer Rob Porter closed in January and emphasized that both the White House and FBI Director Chris Wray have told the truth about the timeline leading up to Porter's departure.

Why it matters: Wray has explained that the FBI's file on Porter closed last month, before allegations of domestic abuse between Porter and his ex-wives surfaced last week. However Sanders said today that the "White House Personnel Security Office...had not finished their process" in January. This is another example in a string of confusing instances coming out of the White House about Porter.

  • Sanders said the White House is "looking for ways to take action" against domestic abuse, and "[condemns] domestic violence in every possible way."
  • Trump still has confidence in chief of staff John Kelly, Sanders said in the briefing.

One more thing: President Trump will be donating his quarter four salary to the Department of Transportation, to "rebuild and modernize" U.S. infrastructure, Sanders added in Tuesday's press briefing.

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Airline industry braces for a forever-changed world

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The airline industry got a $58 billion lifeline in the coronavirus federal aid package. But the path is unclear for these companies, whose operations and prospects will be forever changed by the global pandemic.

Why it matters: People may want to minimize travel for the foreseeable future. Investors, analysts and industry watchers are trying to determine how much airlines will need to spend — and how much more in lost revenue they'll see — while they adapt to the new reality.

Trump denies seeing Navarro memos warning about toll of coronavirus

President Trump said at a press briefing Tuesday that he "didn't see" memos from his trade adviser Peter Navarro warning in January and February that the coronavirus crisis could kill more than half a million Americans and cost close to $6 trillion.

Why it matters: Trump insisted that despite not seeing the memos, he did "more or less" what Navarro suggested by banning non-U.S. citizens from traveling from China effective Feb. 2.